TCM and Biomedicine, Two Views on Immune System Dynamics
By Justin Penoyer
When practicing medicine the immune system becomes the axle around which all activities unfold, whether it be healing from illness or regulating and repairing the body every night. Biomedicine and Chinese medicine have opposing views of the immune system, which I identify as the greatest barrier to cooperative engagements between our fields.
In order to prevent one from becoming ill one of the goals is to not harbor wind, cold, heat, dry, or damp within the body. In TCM one gets sick when they possess an internal element that resonates with an external; if it’s not there then you don’t get sick. This is a principle of physics called Resonance, and it is the foundation for preventative medicine.
The small intestine houses the sovereign fire, which is the clarity and directive force of the immune system. When one injects cold damp into the vessels it is received by the fu organs, which includes the small intestine. There the cold can lodge and disrupt the sovereign fire, which can cause autoimmune diseases in addition to gastrointestinal, emotional, developmental, cognitive, and social disorders of many kinds. Some of which take years to develop, long after the causative incident occurred.
This is directly opposed to the biomedical view, which relies on vaccines to inject damp cold fluid directly into the network vessels, bypassing the critical immune processes that occur in the body’s mucosa. This is unnatural and deposits these substances into the body, its network vessels, thereby making one more susceptible to contracting disease and illness due to the principle of resonance. As a clinician this is what I see, frequently: children and adults who receive regular vaccinations are the unhealthiest patients I have. They are constantly getting sick and have persistent issues related to an impaired immune function.
The differences continue beyond the issue with vaccination, such as the critical role that emotions play in immunology, and the impact of lifestyle choices and seasonal behavior.