TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
The Chinese healing arts of acupuncture and herbal medicine were developed through 5,000 years of practice and observation. Like modern western medicine, Chinese medicine is a systematic, organized, and highly refined practice. Today, many western physicians and the World Health Organization recognize acupuncture and herbs for their effectiveness in a variety of conditions. The spectrum of illness for which acupuncture has proven evidence for efficacy is rapidly expanding.
Acupuncture is known for balancing and regulating the functional aspects of the body – maintaining proper movement of the lungs and the gastrointestinal tract functions for example. Acupuncture is also excellent for regulating blood and energy flow within the body, thus helps relax tension, stress and stagnation.
Herbal medicine is very effective for building up the body’s fundamental reserves and toning physical components such as blood and fluids, as well as warmth and energy. Also, herbal medicine is often the most appropriate choice of treatment in acute ailments where there is significant infection or inflammation, as Chinese herbs have high anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal functions.
Acupuncture and herbal therapies work hand in hand to best help strengthen and regulate the body’s healthy functioning in most cases. In other scenarios, each alone might suffice. A patient may prefer one to the other for personal reasons.
We often work with patients and their western doctors to develop a treatment plan that complements and supports their primary health care regime. For instance, Chinese medicine can be useful in countering or minimizing some of the significant adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs, especially in situations like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The understanding of both philosophies can help target our Chinese medical treatments and improve the treatment outcomes.