Treat the root to address the branch, is a foundational tenant of classical systems of medicine of both east and west. But currently it is primarily practiced in Chinese Medicine. The term “root” refers to the cause of disease, and “branch” refers to the group of symptoms that make up a disease. At Gainesville Acupuncture, our focus is to simultaneously address the symptoms and the underlying factors that led to their manifestation.
Our body’s constitution is comprised of the interplay between our strengths and weaknesses that have been developing since we were in the womb. The ways that diseases are acquired and expressed are dependent on our Terrain, or the combination of our constitution and our life experience. Because each of us has had unique circumstances in our lives our individual terrains are different and leave us vulnerable to particular condition. The form in which these diseases express symptoms varies depending on our terrain. That is why not everyone with the same disease show the same symptoms, and how similar symptoms can come from different diseases. Traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda Chinese Medicine, and even early western medicine, looked beyond defining disease by a set of symptoms. But rather viewed them in relation to the person experiencing them to diagnose and treat illness. Sir William Osler, one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, said:
“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
While there are still great physicians amongst Medical Doctors in the field who abide by this principle, the general current trend in modern allopathic medicine is to primarily focus on symptoms, and thus lose sight of the patient. Our goal is to improve your health by strengthening your core physiology in addition to treating your symptoms.