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Eastern Medicine Versus Western Medicine

December 15, 2019

Hi there! We are with Beth Dorsey at
Points for Wellness. I’m Shemeika Fox, Your Santa Cruz Real Estate expert, and we are gonna learn a little bit about what Beth does and
what the L.Ac after her name stands for. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, so
that’s what the L.Ac stands for. I’m also a functional medicine practitioner. Both
functional medicine and acupuncture Chinese medicine really are rooted in
root cause of illnesses or symptoms or as Western medicine is more of a symptom based style of medicine they have a symptom we’re going to treat just that
symptom, but there’s not so much in the question of why you have that symptom so half the time the people that come to see me why they’re coming to see me it
doesn’t even really matter I’m just getting to that root imbalance and as we
start to balance that out those symptoms start to disappear. Can you give me
an example? If I like if I came in and I was like, “You know I’ve just been super
tired,” Which I have been. Right. “And there’s no real reason why.” What would our
steps be to kind of treat it or make me feel good again? Yes, exactly!
That’s a great question, because what’s gonna happen to you, you’re gonna like
“I’m gonna go to see my doctor” and you’re gonna go to a doctor and you’re really
fine. You know, if you go to your doctor more than likely they’ll be, “Shemeika, you
know, you just need to rest a little bit, you’re fine.” But then you leave and
you’re like, “I’m not fine, I’m still tired. And what should I do?” So it’s
depends, you know. In that health history I might find more systems that I feel
like are at play and I might want to look at your adrenal glands and see how they’re doing, as well as your overall hormone production or I
might just use like traditional Chinese medicine and
acupuncture and herbs and just get you kind of on the right track and this is
not like a Western versus Eastern, and one’s good and one’s bad. It’s more about
integrating the two. Cause we can really work well together so I don’t
want you teetering on the edge of disease alright. So a lot of times when
you go and if your blood work and they’re like, “Hey, you know, your
blood glucose is 99 and when it’s at 100 you’re either
diabetic or pre-diabetic and then we can give you the pharmaceutical and then
we can give me the drug.” We want to avoid that. So we want to get
that number down, even though it’s not in a disease state yet. And so the whole
goal is try not to dig yourself out of the hole. So it’s preventative, exactly, but it’s also optimal in the sense that like you are healthy
and vibrant but tired, you know, so you’re not in, you know, your most
optimal. Okay are you gonna give me a treatment? Yeah. Are you nervous about the needles? No, I like the needle part,
I’m just nervous that like you’re going to be like, “oh you’re sick.” What are you feeling for? I’m feeling for a certain organ system so this is your lung, spleen, kidney.

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