Cathlene Scoblionko NP
Are we purely solid beings with a biochemical makeup that guides everything from protein manufacture to thought? Or, are we energetic beings that are guided strictly by the laws of physics?
Hmm.... Well, electrons, which are the movers and shakers of everything, are an essential component so we need to ask, "What are electrons?" The problem with them is that they can be a particle and have mass at the same time as they can be waves and be purely energy. At the same time! That is hard to wrap the mind around.
Two Philosophies of Health
The following is an incredibly simplistic view, but it makes some sense. Functional medicine uses the body's biochemistry at the molecular level to guide the person toward health and homeostasis. Small particles like hormones, neurotransmitters, and trace minerals are measured and balanced. Electrons are viewed generally as particles and they are maneuvered through diet, supplements, exercise, medications, etc.
Eastern medicine views the body in an energetic sense. Electrons are waves and the body is a system of energetic channels (sometimes called meridians). Health and homeostasis are encouraged by allowing the restoration of unimpeded flow in the channels. One of the tidbits I have learned in acupuncture school is that we are 1/12,000,000 mass. Everything else is electrical charge. That is a lot of energy.
East Meets West
Looking at these two philosophies it makes sense that if electrons are both particles and energy, then so are we. We cannot treat the person with only one of the above forms of medicine or we miss half of the issues and health is not optimized. Balance your hormones and have an acupuncture treatment. Get your neurotransmitters in optimal range and have a reiki treatment. Get your vitamins and minerals in line then go have some therapeutic touch. The possibilities are endless and optimal health of the whole body, mind and spirit is very possible with an integrative medicine philosophy.Cathy Scoblionko NP is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center serving the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia metro area. Her areas of specialty include Holistic Primary Care, Hormone Balancing, Anti-aging medicine, and Women's Health.