How Dentistry Differs with Eastern Medicine

Dentistry as a part of Western Medicine has always followed traditional methods in the past. Practitioners use methods and techniques to directly treat the problem the patient is experiencing whether it’s an oral disease or a mouth injury due to an accident.

 

The traditional philosophy for orthodontists has been around for centuries which continue to be followed up to this day. Mercury fillings, root canal treatment, and the use of fluoride for cavities as a tried and tested method for a long time to protect teeth and treat mouth diseases.

 

Dentists who submit to the traditional philosophy will target the symptoms a patient feels for curing. The treatment also directly treats the gums, mouth, and teeth to prevent the oral problem from coming back in the future.

 

Not all dentists follow the traditional philosophy when treating their patients. Some take a more holistic approach to dentistry. This is heavily influenced by the medical beliefs that Eastern Medicine preaches to it’s followers.

 

Unlike traditional dentistry where they treat symptoms, eastern medicine enters the world of dentistry by a more holistic approach to dental treatment and oral care. Mouth disease is treated by treating not only the oral cavity but also by making sure the whole body is healthy as well.

 

As a practice, dentist influence by a more holistic philosophy will make a diagnosis on the root cause of the symptoms a patient feels. There are cases where the pain they feel on their tooth might be related to facial structure misalignments or could be a sign of a more serious disease such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

Dentists not only try to fix the tooth or the hurting gum line in your mouth. They also prescribe additional treatment wherein you are able to improve your health by treating the problematic organ or body part that’s connected to your oral problem.

 

These treatments might include regular massages, sessions with an acupuncturist, ayurvedic techniques, or some traditional chinese medicine. It is their belief that prescribing these methods will surely help a person’s health and cure the underlying reason for their oral symptoms.

 

A major highlight for eastern medicine influence in dentistry is the use of herbs and supplements when treating oral problems. Dentists rely on the antimicrobial, antibacterial property of certain herbs to get rid of plaque on the mouth.

 

Dentists use these alternative methods because they believe that using synthetic products in the oral cavity like fluoride and mercury fillings can cause harm to the body. They treat these chemicals as toxic to the body which may lead to disease in the future.

 

The herb extracts and organic supplements they prescribe their patients come from natural sources which they trust won’t cause further harm to the body while also treating the oral problems of their patient.

 

Aside from the topical approach to curing mouth diseases, Dentistry has evolved wherein it adopted Eastern Medicine practices to provide a more holistic treatment. Orthodontists in Vancouver have become known for practicing this dentistry philosophy.

 

The dentists ensure your health won’t be affected by the topical treatment they introduce to heal your symptoms plus they’ll recommend good nutrition and proper hygiene practices to keep your oral health in check at all times.

Balance – Eastern Medicine and Western Exercise

“No Pain – No Gain”?

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How many times have you heard the phrase “No Pain – No Gain”? Our guess is probably too many to count. This is a common notion across Western nations when it comes to getting active and staying in shape. While we agree that effort is necessary in order to elucidate a noticeable, and often desired, response, we also think the preceding phrase is extremely outdated and not very accurate.

Rather than telling you that everything to do with Western exercise is wrong, we would simply like to highlight a few ideas that can provide balance to your life without compromising your entire routine.

Boxing and Martial Arts

Boxing is an incredible way to get in shape, no question about it. I have seen the personal benefits to boxing and martial arts, but I have also seen other people with many different levels of fitness see great health benefits from boxing, and perhaps most importantly, also have fun doing it.

Most boxing gyms are happy to sell memberships to recreational folks looking to get in shape, and whether you’re in excellent condition or beginning a journey to a complete lifestyle change, there’s something for everyone. Boxing focuses mainly on body-weight exercises, so you don’t have to worry about lifting really heavy weights or placing an undue amount of stress on any joints. Rather, it’s a high intensity workout that combines cardiovascular training with resistance training under your own body weight. The exhausting nature makes it effective, fun, and perhaps most underrated, stress-relieving!

Lastly, boxing is a affordable, as there is minimal equipment you would need to buy, unless you’re buying something like a heavy bag or a speed bag for your own home, which would also offset the cost of a membership.

Tea and Acupuncture

So if you partake in such an exhausting workout, how can you offset that in order to achieve balance in your lifestyle, but without also compromising your fitness benefits? Here are a couple ideas:

Try substituting your daily coffee with tea, ideally herbal tea. Many boxing and martial arts trainers discourage the use of coffee in order to reduce the reliance on it, as well as to prevent any dehydration. However, tea contains much less caffeine than coffee, especially green teas, and this can offer a nice replacement without eliminating your daily hot drink altogether. One tea we would really recommend is Japanese Sencha (derived from ryokucha). This is a delicious green tea that usually isn’t too expensive, has a low but existing caffeine content, and is widely available. Green teas are known to provide numerous health benefits, even long term.

Additionally, one could try incorporating acupuncture into their weekly routine. Mentally, acupuncture can leave one feeling rested, which works well for those who find strenuous exercise does the opposite. Furthermore, there is some research suggesting it alleviates low back pain, helps with sleep, lowers blood pressure, decreases weight in obese individuals, and strengthens the immune system. When combined with an effective exercise like boxing, there are too many benefits to ignore.

Summary

We understand that those who live in Western nations will likely maintain at least some western health and wellness practices, which are often very beneficial. But when looking for something to compliment your routine or to help alleviate other problems, we always recommend considering practices derived from Eastern culture. You don’t need to buy-in completely, but rather, become informed of the pros and cons to Eastern medicine, and understand how they can apply to your own personal health and wellness.