Funny you mention that eyrie about the "cure". Last year I went to a physio to experience it as a treatment (see I try do that, you actually experience something before forming an opinion on it!) and have to say it was quite a good experience. However he just worked on my shoulder, I walked out feeling very uneven in my body. We got chatting afterwards and I asked how many people come with reoccurring problems and he said a large proportion. I'm afraid I can't quote the source but there was recently a western study into TCM's "Four Diagnosis's" to better understand the symptom vs. cause problem. Was really interesting to read. IMHO that is one of the greatest things oriental medicine has to offer western medicine, the diagnostic process based on a holistic knowledge of the body. I think the west is making huge advancements in this field.
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