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DIFFERENT THEORY BETWEEN WESTERN MEDICINE AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN THE CAUSES OF DISEASE

Modern Western Medicine science attempts to isolate purely physical factors as the cause of all diseases.  Germs, bugs, bacteria, viruses, chemical compounds, and other tangible factors are blamed for every illness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine however, view many of these "causes" as symptoms of the disease, because a certain organ is already weak and unable to resist outside invasion, it therefore is prone to be attacked by germs.  TCM believes that killing the germs, eliminate the immediate sympton's but is only a matte of time before it is attacked again.
Why do germs attack some people and not others? Why do common bacterial infections invade the lungs of one patient, the knees of another, and the bowels of a third?  The reason, according to TCM theory, is that germs gather and thrive only in weakened parts of the body of patients with low resistance.  Thus, the true causes of diseases are those conditions, which lower a patient's resistance, weaken certain parts of the body, and expose him to being attacked by germs.  Similarly, the true cure for disease is not simply to kill germs only but also to counteract those conditions, which permit disease to develop in the first place; to re-establish the body's optimum balance of weakened organs.  Germs simply cannot attack strong healthy organs.