Western and Eastern Medicine

Princess Gaia (PG) “interviews”: The Western and the Eastern Medicine


PG: Hello, you two early birds. I must admit, if it was not for you, I would still be in bed. The sun is not even thinking about rising and we are already meeting for an interview. But in spite of your necessity to serve humankind “24/7”, I can handle this today. And for my work-life-balance, I might have a power-nap in the afternoon.

Western Medicine: Good Morning Princess, spare your long explanations. Easty and I are busy in serving humankind, the queue in front of my practice will be long today, another infection is going around, come to the point if you don’t mind.

Eastern Medicine: Westy, don’t be so pushy. Sit back and wait. Listen. Be mindful and patient. We can use each moment here, silent, reflecting on our work.

Western Medicine: (smiles at Eastern Medicine) You know, that my clients are other human beings than yours, Easty. Urgency is a word, that you don’t know, as I assume.

Eastern Medicine: I am sorry. Yes, they are busy, these Westys, I always forget. And by the way, thank you for your support with that broken arm lately.

Western Medicine: I thank you, Easty. For trusting me.

PG: Is it true, what I understand from in between your lines? Are you actually companions?

Western Medicine: Let’s say, sometimes. Indeed, are we on a path, which leads us at least in some kind of the same direction. There are numerous of differences in the two approaches of both of us, we even have the same terminology to entirely different facts, our teaching and learning methods are not the same, and how we evaluate the treatment is not comparable in most of the cases. Would you say so, too, Easty?

Eastern Medicine: Yes, maybe. When we look at the same thing, we do this from another perspective. One example of that “other perspective” is, that you, Westy, always talk about human states of being as “healthy” and “ill”, whereas, we, the Eastys, speak of “balanced” and “imbalanced”, which might not sound like a big difference, but just by giving something a name, we already put it into a corner.

Western Medicine: Actually, some of us are already exploring with the words “balance” and “imbalance” nowadays and we learn extraordinarily just by changing our wording. “Ill” is for most clients a steady state and leads into lethargy, “imbalanced” empowers to more proactive behaviour, the organism can adapt and heal even faster. On the other hand: if a human organism is ill, it is ill. Like a broken arm, a tooth with caries or a bleeding nose. Here we come to another difference between you, Easty, and us. If something is physical, it is physical and then, an energetic approach might not work.

Eastern Medicine: I completely agree. Tried to heal the broken bone with acupuncture lately, which did not work at all. Luckily I could count on you then.

Western Medicine: And I on you. This human being was so frightened before the operation, without your energetic preparation, she would not have survived it so well.

Eastern Medicine: But there are also times, Princess, when we totally disagree. When, as example, someone comes with symptoms of an imbalance – or illness – then we, the Eastys, are at first finding the diagnosis, which we then treat. The Westys just start by treating the symptoms. We strongly disunite in this matter and we both make our points. Both ways can lead to quick relief and both ways can bring about a long time of suffering. We have not found out yet, in which case, whose methods would be the better choice.

Western Medicine: And then there is this argument, which always makes me laugh about my own kind, Princess. If we have Asthma and smoke cigarettes, then we assume, that the cigarettes are a bad brand. We might change the brand and buy light cigarettes. Whereas the Easty would just stop smoking. Or, if we have chronic headache and assume it is our working place, we would change the whole interior of the office. Whereas the Easty would reduce his stress level by doing meditation.

Eastern Medicine: (laughs in joy) Haha. Right, Westy. You want to change the environment, the things and conditions outside of you. We prefer to look inside of us, to gain inner strength in order to adapt to the environment. Another funny thing is, sometimes, Princess, I ask my colleagues from the Western Medicine, how they actually “listen” to their clients…

Western Medicine: (laughs even with more joy) Do you know, what “listening” in terms of Eastern Medicine means? They can – and sorry, but this sounds like a myth –  smell the odour of a disease, they can sense and see minimal hints, for which we Westys need blood tests and x-ray images…

Eastern Medicine: Listen, Westy, truly listen to your clients.

Western Medicine: Oh, when I listen now. I hear them coughing, sneezing and calling my name. I’ve got to get going.

PG: Oh, I have not come to ask more than one question, yet.

Western Medicine: Sorry, Princess, next time, or (smiles a warm smile) just stand in line, if you don’t mind.

PG: Okay then, but tell me at least, how your next steps might look like.

Eastern and Western Medicine (both at the same time): Following the path, we are already on. Working on a thriveable relationship. Learning as we go. Supportive. Open. Trusting. With respect.

(off they go)