What is a practitioner’s responsibility to the patient?
A Chinese medicine practitioner always looks for the root cause of a physical problem. It’s not enough to just give a band-aid and make the patient feel good. For example, if a patient complains of a swollen elbow, a western course of treatment would be to apply ice to bring down the swelling. Icing feels good temporarily but can cause more significant problems, like arthritis, down the road. Instead, a Chinese medicine practitioner would apply heat in short intervals to the affected elbow, and would then look for the root cause of why this injury occurred in the first place.
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