What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine can remedy illness, alter an individual's state of mind, improve the
recuperative power of the human body, boost your immunity and increase your ability to obtain balance and pleasure
from your life.
Chinese Alternative Medicine
Chinese medicine for those in China is a complete medical system that diagnoses, treats and prevents illness.
This system has been in existence for more than 23 centuries.
Chinese medicine can remedy illness, alter an individual's state of mind, improve the recuperative power of the
human body, boost your immunity and increase your ability to obtain balance and pleasure from your life.
The western world basically sees Chinese medicine as alternative medicine. The scope of Chinese medicine
involves a host of ancient and modern therapy that includes acupuncture, acupressure, heat therapy, herbal therapy,
massage, healthy foods and proper exercise. It focuses on the balance of forces within the body being one with the
The driving force behind Chinese medicine is to restore harmony to the human body and to the universe for every
human being is seen as a mini world with his/her own unique landscape to be maintained.
Metaphorically speaking, Chinese medicine is the gardener, carefully pruning and cultivating harmony by using
acupuncture, herbal remedies, food and exercise to obtain optimum health of each patient.
The garden contains plants, flowers, air, water, and land for the gardener to attend to; the human body has
muscles, skin, organs, bones, blood and tissue to attend to. There are branches of Chinese medicine that include:
acupuncture, astrology, geomancy, meditation, moxibustion herbal therapy, healthy foods, martial arts.
Statistically speaking in 2004, 1/5th of all U.S. hospitals began to offer some type of traditional Chinese
medical services, usually acupuncture, tai chi chuan or meditation.
The FDA also began to modify experimental guidelines regarding Chinese medicines. The relaxed guidelines make it
easier for herbal practitioners because they are taken more seriously by the general public and to their fellow
Ancient Chinese MedicineTwo patients suffering from the same unbalance (disease) may be prescribed two different treatment combinations as the causes of their symptoms may be different even though the result is the same illness or condition. This idea of individualized treatment is a very important component of Chinese medicine and is what makes it vastly different from western medical practices.
One vital component of Chinese medicine is that of understanding that the underlying cause of a disease or condition may have both a root and branch to the disease.
Medical professionals who understand and have studied both Western medicine and Chinese medicine can easily see
that regarding safety, effectiveness and expensive the Chinese medicine is consistently seen as being safer and
less expensive than Western medicine.
The effectiveness of Chinese medicine is based on the fact that it actually addresses the underlying causes of
the health imbalances instead of just the disease.
Western medicine usually proves more superior regarding acute injury or symptoms of dangerous degree; the
Chinese medicine is seen as being better at preventing or even reversing damage done to the body especially
regarding degenerative diseases such as alzheimer's, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
Chinese medicine strives to "first, do no harm", when it comes to patient care; something that perhaps is
forgotten when it comes to some of the treatments in the U.S. that use invasive procedures and potentially
Diagnosis and treatments in the U.S. are disease driven where Chinese medicine focuses on the entire being in
order to look for clues that uncover the underlying cause(s) for the imbalance at the root of the symptoms being
experienced by the individual.