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Friday, July 16, 2010

Traditional Chinese Medicine

I grew up with both mainstream Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine remedies. While I am now mainly a practitioner of Western medicine (usually called conventional medicine), I do not totally shun TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) because I have personally experienced its benefits.

The TCM practitioners do not practice medicine the same way as conventional practitioners. The idea for TCM is by maintaining a fine balance-- between yin and yang, between "hotness" and "coldness". That's why TCM doctors don't really give multiple vitamins, but instead choose foods and herbs that are supposed to "bring back the balance", so to speak. If the patient suffers from a problem that is supposed to be due to "too much heatiness", food which are considered "cool" are recommended and herbs thought to bring down the "heatiness" are being given.

It's interesting, really. And, with a rich history of medicine, Chinese medicine is really nothing to scoff at. It is a pity that I cannot really recommend any practice or any herb because I am not formally trained in such. Maybe I should consider having additional education in such.

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