Chinese medicine is a blend of structures (just like in western medicine) and associations with these structures prompt connections between seemingly disjointed symptoms. One of the strengths of Chinese medicine is looking at the body like this — a bit differently then western medicine — to draw on physiologic relationships and deduce a thorough understanding of complex presentations.
Basically — many things may be happening, but they are all occurring in one person, or one system.
This doesn’t preclude the need for specialists to tend to separate matters, but it does create a bridge between one treatment strategy potentially addressing multiple issues.
My favorite example of this is a patient who came in with migraines, gallbladder issues and sciatic pain. Instead of initially sending her to a neurologist, gastroenterologist and orthopedist for the respective stuff, we started by simply approaching the Liver system, which in Chinese medicine has a relationship to all of these conditions. Over a period of weeks, her symptoms lessened and eventually resolved. Things are certainly not always this concise, but Chinese medicine is a great launching point for determining what the most minimally invasive course of treatment may be.
An East-West overlay facilitates an analysis of a western diagnosis on the backdrop of a Chinese medicine perspective and promotes an inclusive and inductive approach to understanding the origins of what ails you — and forming an effective treatment plan accordingly.