Ethics in Medicine

Analogies: Helpful and Flawed

Kristen Sparrow • March 29, 2014

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Between Heaven and EarthAn insightful post at Brilliant Blog urges us to seek analogies to achieve breakthroughs. This is a key part of my “product development.” Finding analogies in nature that can explain needling’s effect on the body and brain, eg pearl formation, parasite invasion (they suppress immune function), a sunburn (stimulating healing) etc etc. Faulty analogies are at the heart of what is wrong with western medicine.  Western medicine gets a lot right, but a lot wrong too.  Body as a machine is inapt in so many ways.