By Christina Saulle
I have my anatomy and physiology midterm this week and I???m not really looking forward to it. Then again, when does anyone ever look forward to having to take a big test? It will probably go alright, but probably just alright. I???ve never been a big fan of science. When it comes to anything that has too much structure I feel like I can hardly grasp it.
I look at pictures of cell structures and organelles and it just doesn???t evoke any passion. To me, the illustrations in the books have always looked like bowls of colorful soup. There are all these strange things floating around in the cytosol that look like intergalactic space vegetables. Is that really what my body is made of? It???s really difficult to imagine. I can???t see it or feel it, but I???m being told that it???s there.
Right now, I???m kind of feeling like learning cytology is a waste of time. I can???t picture myself in the middle of needling a patient and suddenly realizing that my knowledge of pinocytosis will be helpful in aiding the person back to health. I guess it makes sense that we have to start out small in order to work our way up to understanding how everything else works, like the muscles and nervous system. I???m just being impatient because science is boring.
I suppose acupuncturists should have a strong foundation in bioscience in order to gain acceptance in the west and be taken seriously. I do understand the importance of knowing anatomy and how the body works. No one can really say for sure why acupuncture works. It???s possible that it works on the cellular level. Sticking a needle into someone could actually help cook a pot of intergalactic cellular soup. I have a feeling this stuff is more important than I want to admit.
However, I kind of like that there are people who think acupuncture is a scam because it can???t be proven by the scientific method. I don???t like it when chiropractors and medical doctors take acupuncture and water it down and westernize it. The thing I like so much about Chinese medicine is that two different acupuncturists can say two completely contradictory things, give one patient two different diagnoses, and they can both end up having positive results. I love when things are left open-ended. It allows for creativity. That makes it so much fun. If scientists start to find ways to structure acupuncture and make it fit under the western mold, then it takes all of the creativity out of it. Well, I don???t know if that???s true, but it is a fear that I have.
On the other hand, I also want acupuncture to be a part of the mainstream. I???d like to hear more people say they are going to see their acupuncturist, rather than their doctor, when they aren???t feeling well. It confuses me when people call up to cancel their appointments last minute because they have a cold or a sore throat. To me, it???s common sense that if I already have an acupuncture appointment and I happen to get sick on that day, then I can take care of multiple problems in one visit.
Of course, there are plenty of emergency situations where the minimally invasive nature of acupuncture just isn???t going to cut it. A surgeon is going to be needed. They wouldn???t exist if they weren???t needed. I live in a world where east and west co-exist and I am determined to find a balance between the two as I go through school. If only I could just get through this midterm without being distracted by all of the cartoon-like illustrations.
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