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Confused about your Healthcare Choices?


Although modern medicine acknowledges that many chronic diseases such as heart disease are as a result of multiple factors, however in most instances the cause of disease is often reduced to a single cause, either a micro organism, a virus or some or other physiological or bio-chemical malfunctioning. This also means that “cures” for diseases in modern medicine are seen as being “magic bullets” targeted at specific causes. A “pill for every ill”, which left unchecked,  goes with you to the grave.


Healthcare in the West offers few choices when a health issue arises. We accept what the Doctor tells us without question. Often, patients are given no explanation as to why they are suffering from a malady but to take a drug or submit to often unnecessary surgery never understanding the reason for their illness. Nothing is mentioned about environmental factors, emotional disturbances, structural imbalance, diet or temperament.


A theme which runs through all holistic healthcare models is the “doctor within” – the self-healing, self-regulating principle common to all living creatures. The Chinese call it “Chi”, Ayurveda calls it “Prana”, Homeopathy calls it “Life Force”, Hippocrates described it as “Vis Medicatrix Natura” and Tibb calls it “Physis”.


A “Band Aid” on a cut doesn’t heal you – Physis does!!


It was the Greek philosopher-physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC) who was inspired by Imhotep and who freed European Medicine from the realm of superstition and magic and gave it the status of Science .


Hippocrates believed that health is the expression of a harmonious balance between the various components of man’s nature, the environment and life style. This equilibrium was controlled by natural (and hence predictable) laws. He believed there was a natural tendency, or what he called ‘vis medicatrix’, towards self-healing.


Asclepius and Hygeia visiting an ailing woman.

Some important Physicians in the development of Tibb

Personality traits of the four temperaments” by Florence Littauer.

God could have made us all Sanguinous

We would have lots of fun but accomplish little

He could have made us all Melancholics

We would have been organized and chartered but not very cheerful

He could have made us all Choleric (Bilious)

We would have been set to lead, but impatient that no one would follow!

He could have made us all Phlegmatics

We would have had a perfect world but not much enthusiasm for life

We need each temperament for the total functioning of the body

Each part should do its work to unify

The action and produce harmonious results

Some important differences between Tibb and Western Medicine.

Tibb can trace its origin back to Hippocrates, from the Cos School in Greece who made the monumental break from magic/superstition to “patient-orientated” medicine.

The Cos School taught “Treat the Patient not the Disease”.

Tibb follows a multi-factorial holistic approach to health and disease management.

Tibb accepts that many diseases have a spiritual dimension which is recognised within a treatment regime.

Tibb is true to the Hippocratic tradition of “Assist Nature” by recognising “Physis” – the healing doctor within.

Tibb is health focused, not disease driven and focuses on diet, environment, lifestyle and trusted herbs

Tibb recognises that the body has the ability to self-regulate and to self-heal through the power of Physis.

Tibb recognised each patient’s individuality and formulates unique treatments and advice to restore humoral balance

Tibb recognises the harmonious connection between body, mind and spirit as necessary for optimum health.

Tibb does not rely heavily on hi-tech diagnosis preferring empirical, traditional and time tested diagnostic techniques.

Tibb treats both the symptoms and the underlying causes to restore balance of the four humours

Tibb is best suited for treating long terms chronic, recurring disorders including degenerative changes.

Tibb examines a patient’s diet, lifestyle and social interactions in its approach to health maintenance.

Western Medicine can trace its origins back to the Cnidus School in Persia (now Turkey) where a reductionist “disease-orientated” medicine was taught by Eudoxus.

The Cnidus School taught “Treat the Disease not the Patient”.

Western Medicine tends to adhere to the theory of “specific aetiology” – one disease, one cause, one treatment

Western Medicine downplays or even rejects a spiritual influence – “If you cannot measure it, it doesn’t exist”.

Western Medicine uses synthetic drugs which suppresses of even destroys the doctor within.

Western Medicine is disease driven and pays lip-service to health maintenance.

Western Medicine sees the body as a chemistry set cloaked in a series of pipes and wires.

Western Medicine gives the patient a “disease name” with a “one size fits all” approach to drug therapy.

Western Medicine relies heavily on “normal values” laboratory parameters in its definition of health.

Western Medicine relies heavily, often overwhelmingly on invasive imaging and laboratory results.

Western Medicine focuses on alleviating the symptoms paying little attention to the cause.

Western Medicine excels in life-saving and emergency medicine.

Western Medicine gives minor value to health choices and lifestyle management.

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