When looking for an acupuncturist or for other natural healing methods, you may have heard the term, “Traditional Chinese Medicine.” What is traditional Chinese medicine and how are Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture linked?
What to Know About Traditional Chinese Medicine?
The first thing to know is that there are a lot of practices that fall under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine and that acupuncture is just one of them! Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient practice built around the idea that our bodies can heal themselves and that we should treat the whole body, not just one symptom or disease.
Other practices that are considered Traditional Chinese Medicine include cupping, herbal remedies, massage, tai chi, breathing therapy(Qi Gong) and more. The important thing to remember about techniques that are considered Traditional Chinese Medicine is that they focus on balance and harmony within the body.
Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that covers a lot of different practices, so results and effectiveness vary. However, many Traditional Chinese Medicine practices have been researched just as thoroughly as Western medicines. The most studied treatments are acupuncture and a variety of Chinese herbs. Acupuncture is an effective and safe pain management treatment and Chinese herbs can be used for a number of things including trouble with sleeping and anxiety.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine?
It is clear that Traditional Chinese Medicine does not bring on any of the negative side effects that many Western treatments or prescription drugs entail. However, Western medicine does play an important role in some conditions and, for many people, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help ease the negative impacts of Western medicine.
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can help to relieve the pain from chemotherapy treatments and ease the negative side effects that occur after treatments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a great first line of defense against disease and illness. It helps us treat our bodies as one, whole functioning system. Additionally, if you do need Western medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine is a beneficial complementary therapy to be used alongside treatments and can help reduce negative impacts.
Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness not only strive to treat the symptoms but also treat the root causes of disease. Please contact Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness today to see if we can help you! 385-398-4915