Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed thousands of years ago. It is known as a holistic therapy to strengthen the body. Holistic therapy examines the whole of a person. It is believed that Chinese medicine views the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual aspects of the human body are all interdependent.
It is rooted in the theory of balance between Yin and Yang that make up the energy Qi. Illness occurs when there are hindrances to the flow of Qi, when there is too much, or too less Qi or when Yin and Yang are not balanced.
A traditional practitioner may differently treat two persons having the same illness due to different Yin and Yang imbalance. It is also possible that same treatment method may be used for different illness if the Yin and Yang have the same imbalance.
Different therapies for TCM may include the following: Acupuncture, Reiki, Cupping Therapy, Herbal medicine, Yoga or massage and Nutrition. It is most suitable for preventing illness that may be detected by Western Medicine only when the patient undergoes diagnosis.
While TCM is a holistic approach, Western medicine uses evidence-based treatment. It entails knowledge about microbiology, pathology, physiology and pharmacology in order for the practitioner, called a medical doctor or healthcare professional, to prescribe treatment for a certain illness. Pharmaceutical aids may be given to address illness.
In addition, the practitioner may require physical examination and other diagnostic tools to diagnose cause and progression of illness. A healthcare practitioner can treat patients with the same illness in the same way.
The question on which is more effective between Traditional Chinese Medicine vs Western Medicine practice will have their own advantages and disadvantages that anybody should understand. There is no right or wrong treatment between the two; it is what makes the ill person get well easier, faster and more comfortable.
There are actually ways where both work well or complement each other. TCM is capable of determining side effects of medications caused by western medicine, and it can relieve them so the body comes back to balance.
Another instance where they complement is when TCM heals hay fever completely thru acupuncture while the patient is taking medication. In fact, he may not take any medication at all.
Breast cancer patients undergoing treatment also can have both medical treatments. TCM complement by relieving the patient from the side effects of the cancer therapy thru acupuncture.
Lastly, both treatments can work together for couples with infertility problems. Thru balance and rest, couples’ tend improve their body improved health, giving them benefits and success in having a child.
Despite of the different theories and philosophical beliefs, it is better to look at both treatments mutually beneficial. Each treatment can benefit patients individually or both work together for a healthy whole being.