The popularity of Eastern medicine, also known as alternative medicine, seems to be on the rise throughout the world. Significant difference can be seen now when compared with a decade ago. While Western medicine typically acts upon the actual substance of the body, the chemicals and the cells, Eastern medicine seeks to treat the energy associated with those physical attributes. It believes that there should be a smooth flow of energy throughout the body; when this flow is interrupted, treatment is required. Acupuncture, Reiki and Ayurveda are some of the commonly known branches of this ideology.
Contrary to common belief, Eastern medicine is not confined to China alone and nations such as India besides many others have also been practicing it for ages. Eastern medicine involves treatment through, traditional medicines, herbs, massage and other natural methods of healing. This school of medicine, which is believed to have been in existence for thousands of years, seeks to eliminate the root cause of the ailment which may or may not be physical. It believes in the perfection of the body and its self cure, unlike Western medicine.
Here, the body is taken as a whole and not just the limb or organ which is affected by malaise. The benefits of this form of medicine are immune enhancement, increased energy and well-being. When administered by a trained physician the treatments and medications are free of any side-effects. Gynecological disorders, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, problems of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal ailments, eye and mouth problems are some of the areas where Eastern medicine has proved itself. Many people with chronic ailments turn to Eastern medicine in desperation and often end up cured.
Physical, mental and emotional healing and spiritual growth are the goals of the Eastern philosophy. Despite being at the opposite ends of the scale, Eastern and Western medicine do have some things in common. Both advocate the right diet, exercise and relief from stress and anxiety for proper treatment of any illness.