Modernistic integration into traditional medicine

By Antonie van den Bos, M.D.
Presentation for ICTAM in September 2009 in Thimphu, BT

My presentation will show how modernistic integration into traditional medicine is possible and highly effective.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is known for its holistic approach after a diagnosis that is based on pulses, face, tongue and other characteristics. Different schools exist which educate accordingly; my education in the seventies and eighties was with Professor Chen Kai Yan from Hong Kong in China.

Doctor Paul Nogier from Lyon in France educates auricular-acupuncture apart from auricular medicine, which is a holistic approach based especially on reactions of the radial pulse (the vascular autonomic signal). I followed Doctor Paul Nogier and his school for the past 30 years.

Doctor Reinhold Voll from Stuttgart in Germany teaches Electro-acupuncture diagnosis, which is based on electrical proprieties of acupuncture points, with special focus on the distal points on hands and foot. I have been a member of the IGEAV since 1975.

During more then 13 years all measuring results and conclusions of these different approaches were compared on all patients frequenting the practice in the Netherlands. This was done in order to sort out the most valuable details and to finally arrive at a method which yielded higher patient therapy results than would ever be possible with one of the mentioned methods alone. The outcome of this integrating process is an approach that is now practiced for 15 years under the name of AYCRONTO® diagnosis and therapy. In this method the pulse of Nogier (Vascular Autonomic Signal) is used with the reasoning of the Traditional Chinese method, the neuro-physiology and biochemistry of Western medicine, acupuncture of the Chinese method as well as the auricular acupuncture and the homeopathy and nosodes from the Electro-acupuncture. Also this method adopted a secure diagnostic system on individually determined nutrition.

The final therapeutic outcome after this integrated diagnostic process is a therapeutic advice, which has multifaceted aspects. Acupuncture (or ear-acupuncture) will mostly be used for disturbances in the yang of the patient. For the yin of the patient strict dietary rules according to the food-constituents that have been measured, are often necessary. This is combined with a homeopathic treatment, as the gamma of Asian herbs and remedies is not too accessible and accepted in Europe. Homeopathy anyway, does not place such a high pressure on natural resources, as does herb-therapy. There simply are not enough herbs for 1% or so of 6 billion people.

All these therapy details are to be measured on the to be expected results, as is therapy progress at consecutive follow-up. The final results of this approach are very high in effectiveness.

In short, the therapy in this integrated modernistic approach of the ancient texts is based on strict dietary rules, the use of herbs and acupuncture, with a high effectiveness in health and wellbeing as a result. This resembles especially some of the details in the approach of the ancient Tibetan medicinal approach.

Certain remarks can be made about the different approaches in diagnosis. The low emphasis on internal and external fong in most approaches including Western medicine ideally should be changed. Also the non-interference with life-style issues like daily rhythm, consummation of stimulants and focussing on symptoms in stead of causes should be counteracted.