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    Blending Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine

     
    Dr. Helen H. Hu. OMD, L.Ac San Diego has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since the age of 12. She has been a Cardiologist and Practitioner of integrated medicine for 9 years. In regards to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Western Medicine, she says “Once the body has built up the “evidence” that can be detected by modern tests, it Is somewhat too late. Once the body becomes ill with positive results on all modern tests Western Medicine has the advantage for diagnosis and intervention. However, after the procedures, and chemotherapy, the “ evidence” is gone, and Western Medicine again has no advantage to help body to restore its normal status to prevent the “evidence” from happening again in the future. TCM will assist to help patients for prevention.”

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of diagnosing and curing different illnesses. It is based on the concept that the human body has a vital energy (Qi) and in order to achieve optimum health and well-being, there should be a harmony on all opposite elements (Yin and Yang). In other words, the human body is taken as a “whole” and Traditional Chinese Medicine does not only aim to prevent or treat illnesses but it also promotes overall health, well-being as well as sustainability.

    However, during the time when the European influence expanded to Asia, particularly in China, Western Medicine rose to popularity. Western Medicine uses industrially produced medications and procedures to cure a specific illness, which are provided by doctors and other conventional healthcare practitioners who follow a strict scientific process. It is more focused on removing a symptom rather than treating the body as a whole. Thus, in the recent years, people utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine together in order to treat complex illnesses that are difficult to treat like cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many others.

    The combination of the two treatment approaches is also called Integrated Medicine and this has shown a lot of benefits to human health. Alternative treatments like herbal medicine, diet therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, yoga, massage and stress reduction or relaxation techniques are backed up with conventional Western medicine in order to cure the main cause of the disease and maintain an optimal health and well-being. Although Integrated Medicine has brought a lot of debate and confusion, still, there were a lot of individuals and even medical practitioners who have benefited from its efficacy and more holistic approach. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine is said to complement each other; that is why, using it together gives anyone better health.

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