What is Chinese medicine all about?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical modality which has been practised for more than 3000 years. Although accepted in mainstream medical care across East Asia it is still considered an alternative practice in the West. Like Western Medicine, TCM employs various treatments to attain good health for the patient. Some of these include acupuncture, herbal medicines, tui na (Chinese remedial massage), qi gong (breathing exercises), dietary therapy, cupping and moxibustion.

One of Chinese Medicine’s strength lies in the treatment of chronic conditions. This is because treatment works on building up the constitution of the patient as well as alleviating symptoms. More often than not in Australia people see a TCM doctor after exhausting other Western medical avenues. This is unfortunate as by the time a TCM doctor sees them the complaint is long standing and has become quite complicated. The old adage of the shorter the duration of disease the shorter the duration of treatment often applies here. There are examples of course of rapid recovery when changing medical modalities but this should not be considered the norm. If you are contemplating seeing a TCM doctor, then the sooner you see one the better.

TCM can aid you achieve better health via less invasive and less harmful means. Signs and symptoms are treated, not simply masked. The focus is on the whole person, not just the disease resulting in less chance of a relapse.

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