|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.