Eastern Medicine, or Traditional Chinese Medicine as it is also known, has been slowly developed and practiced over thousands of years. Rooted in tradition, this form of medicine views our bodies on a broad level, analyzing how our interactions between our environment and our physical, emotional and psychological selves impact our health.
Common elements of Eastern Medicine, as they relate to our health, include acupuncture, qigong and natural, herbal remedies.
On the other hand, the foundation of Western Science, which includes Neuroscience, is the scientific method itself - an observation that forms a hypothesis, which may become a theory if it is able to withstand additional scrutiny and scientific testing. This theory then helps us form a better understanding of our world and our bodies. Whereas Eastern Medicine takes a broader, more holistic approach to our bodies, Western Science relies on data and hard evidence to take a more focused view on a specific health problem and/or source of disease.
Common elements of Western Science, as they relate to our health, include prescription drugs, surgery, physiotherapy and over-the-counter medication.
East vs. West...