Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat (EENT)

Eyes Ears Nose and Throat

To understand how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with problems with the ears, eyes, nose and throat, it is worth considering for a moment the Chinese medical concept of ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘Chee’).  This is the fundamental vitality of the body that keeps it functioning in a balanced manner, and which flows through the body along certain pathways that the Chinese call meridians.  These meridians connect with the internal organs of the body to create a lattice of communication networks that ensure the proper working of the entire body.

When the Qi is abundant and free flowing; the eyes are bright and the vision clear, hearing is acute, the nose and sinuses are unobstructed and the throat is relaxed and swallowing comfortable.  When one of these organs is not functioning so effectively, it points to an insufficiency of the Qi flowing to it; this flow may be interrupted by local factors, but Chinese medicine also sees important connections between the sense organs and the internal organs, and so our treatment of problems involving the ears, eyes, nose and throat is holistic. For example, problems with the sinuses and nasal passages may point towards a disharmony in the respiratory and digestive functions, whilst red and painful eyes might indicate that the liver needs treatment.

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The Sean Barkes Clinic does not claim to cure any conventional medical disease states.  Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to re-establish and maintain the harmonious function of the human body-mind using tried and tested principles that have been discovered and matured over millennia.  A Western medical diagnosis provides very little by way of insight in informing a Chinese Medical diagnosis.  Patients usually recognise their own condition in terms of the medical disease category that they have been given by their GP or other conventional medical practitioner.  The research presented here is merely an indication of the potential to draw parallels between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Medicine.