The Best Road to Take
I have a great respect and an abundance of gratitude for Western medicine. I grew up in a family of nurses, and I worked in the veterinary field (including emergency medicine) for 6 years. I even considered a career as a nurse practitioner before I decided on Chinese medicine. The life-saving capabilities and the incredible advancements in Western medicine and its technologies are often nothing short of miraculous. More than likely, we all know someone who survived an illness or injury through the use of Western medicine. I surely have, and I surely do. I think it's not so much about Western vs. Eastern medicines... it's more knowing the best road to take and when to take it. In fact, these very different medical approaches can work best when they are used together. Teamwork... it makes things better. Go figure. :)
Cailin O'Hara, MAcOM, LAc, Dipl OM, is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist based in Phoenix, Arizona.