Western vs. Eastern Medicine: Why I chose to use TCM practices to heal Episcleritis
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I hope this message finds you well.
Today, I want to chat a little bit with you about Western vs. Eastern medicine practices.
To give a little background, at the beginning of February 2020, I began to have several negative manifestations with my eyes and vision: sudden onset of redness, photophobia, grittiness, floaters, etc. I go into much more detail about my experience in my book, Lavender Heart Tea.
After seeing several upon several doctors and eye specialists, I was finally diagnosed with episcleritis.
What is episcleritis?
According to Western medicine, Episcleritis is a rather common inflammation disorder of the episclera of the eyeball that can present itself with or without an underlining internal inflammation disease. Most of the time, doctors will prescribe a topical or oral steroid to soothe (a.k.a mask) the negative manifestations.
Never really being a fan of taking medicine, I reluctantly agreed to begin the steroid treatment. I used the topical steroid as instructed by my ophthalmologist. After a week of being weened off the steroid as planned by my doctor, the negative manifestations came back with a vengeance. It was then I decided to take a more serious, front-center approach in my health plan of care.
This is how I decided to adopt Eastern medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practices.
**DISCLAIMER** This is a decision I made on my own for myself after having had more than 10 appointments with various ophthalmologists, optometrists, my own primary care physician, and several months of research into the disease itself. Please consult with a trusted medical provider before altering any of your personal health practices
Read more about my episcleritis diagnosis + healing journey
What is the difference between Western and Eastern medicine?
Western medicine is essentially medical practices and systems that approach treatments and plans of action to treat the symptoms of diseases of the body.
Eastern medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered a more ‘nonconventional’ practice (although practiced for more than 2000 years in many cultures) and approaches treatments and plans of action that are unique to the personand treat the root of diseases of the body.
Check out my full episcleritis story on my YouTube channel for more information about my diagnosis and Western v. Eastern Medicine practices:
***This video and information is not a diagnosis for anyone who may come in contact with this video. This video is for educational purposes only and is intended only to share my personal journey. Please consult with a trusted medical advisor/practitioner before making or altering any personal health practices***
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HEY THERE, I'M KEESH!
To tell you a little about myself: I'm a Shreveport, Louisiana native and alumna of Louisiana Tech University (B.S., Biology, 2011) and University of Louisiana at Lafayette (MBA, Healthcare Administration, 2014).
I have always been a writer: I first started writing at the age of six. Over the years, I have inconsistently tapped into various forms of writing, including, résumé generating and editing services, blogging about various topics, etc., but each time, I would create a trivial reason to quit. With the help and prophetic word from my therapist, I finally chose to step fully into my purpose as a healing writer; one with the intention to create a safe space for those interested in reconnecting with their authentic self through full body, mind and soul integration healing.
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