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Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Mar 26;20(6). pii: E1512. doi: 10.3390/ijms20061512.

Connecting Western and Eastern Medicine from an Energy Perspective.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. z.ming@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. m.moalin@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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Research Centre Material Sciences, Zuyd University of Applied Science, 6400 AN Heerlen, The Netherlands. m.moalin@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. l.vervoort@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. zhengwen.li@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. w.wu@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. g.haenen@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Abstract

Although Western medicine and Eastern medicine are worlds apart, there is a striking overlap in the basic principle of these types of medicine when we look at them from the perspective of energy. In both worlds, opposing forces provide the energy that flows through networks in an organism, which fuels life. In this concept, health is the ability of an organism to maintain the balance between these opposing forces, i.e., homeostasis (West) and harmony (East), which creates resilience. Moreover, strategies used to treat diseases are strikingly alike, namely adjusting the flow of energy by changing the connections in the network. The energy perspective provides a basis to integrate Eastern and Western medicine, and opens new directions for research to get the best of both worlds.

KEYWORDS:

Yin–Yang; eastern medicine; opposing forces; redox; resilience; western medicine

PMID:
30917563
DOI:
10.3390/ijms20061512
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