• Michael Dahdal

The Limitations Of Modern (Western) Medicine

Updated: Jan 10, 2020


I think it’s incredible what modern medicine is capable of.

If you ever experience any trauma or are involved in any kind of serious accident, then I have no doubt, you’ll be very grateful for the treatment you’re able to receive today.

Modern (western) medicine has its rightful place, but we may have become a little too reliant on it and it would seem naïve to assume it didn’t also have its limitations.

There are two areas I believe this is particularly true:

  1. Modern (western) medicine is predominantly concerned with cure, over prevention. They are quick to prescribe medicines, they’ll treat you and in most cases treat you well, but will do very little to stop you from getting sick in the first place.

  2. Modern (western) medicine is a secular practice that relies only on modern science, in that sense, it has very little to do with matters pertaining to the spirit and as eastern traditions would have it, the spirit can be infected with illness too.

Let’s examine these a little closer.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it was common practice that the village doctor would be paid by patients for as long as they were ‘well’ and would indeed NOT be paid once they became ill.

The doctor would not be paid again until the patient was returned to good health.

The incentive was to prevent illness; needing to cure it actually reflected poorly on the physician, as the patient shouldn’t be unwell in the first place.

Now, if you subscribe to scientism or hold a strong secular worldview, then you’re probably not too concerned with my latter point; you may even view it as a little nonsensical.

However, I don’t think there’s any denying that modern medicine doesn’t leave much room for any examination of anything that transcends what it can’t quantify, test or explain using the scientific method.

Even practices such as Psychology essentially take the spirit out; and treatment is very seldom considered from the perspective of ‘the heart, the spirit or the soul’.