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WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient art of health care that combines the use of medical herbs and acupuncture.  It has been practised for over five thousand years and, at present, one quarter of the world's population makes use of its therapies.  It has been selected the health care needs of the twenty - first century.
TCM approach to health and healing is very different from Western Medicine.  In the West when something happens we ask what we can do about it.  In the East when something happens they ask what has caused it.  TCM looks for the underlying causes of imbalances and patterns of disharmony in the body, and views each patient as being unique.  Western Medicine generally provides treatment for a specific illness, where as TCM addresses how the illness manifest in a particular patient and treats the patient not just the disease.  The Chinese way tends to treat the whole body rather than to try to isolate a particular infected area.  However, conventional Western medicine and TCM should be seen as a complementary to each other, rather than as alternatives.  Both types of medicine have their advantage and drawbacks, which is why they need to work hand in hand for optimal results.
The full rage of human illness can be treated by TCM while best known for treating chronic illnesses such as migraines, menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cancers.
Research has also shown that TCM can effectively complement western medicine when the two systems are used in concert for acute, chronic, or life-threatening disease.  In China, a combination of TCM and western medicine has been shown to be more effective for treating cancers than western medicine alone.