It will only work for certain individuals with the ailment as their body is in that certain balance point. With the same ailment in a different balance point, the doctor may have to "tune" the body before he/she can continue with the treatment.
either way, it would be better if we can udnerstand more of it. interms of something we can know easier. i still fidn it abstract and i just dun like the idea of using stuff without understanding what goes on.
Many organization pump money to western medicine to care those uncureable diease like HIV, may be it is good to pump money to tcm also
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Broke my leg in 3 parts, 2 hairline cracks and bones around the toe was shattered. Doctor said it was really bad, that I need operation immediately or I could never walk again or not without a limb for sure. Went to 4 other doctors, all said the same thing. They needed around 8 screws and 4plates or whatever for the upper part, and 30k, after multiple x-rays been done. Heck, I couldn't even feel nor move my feet at all.
To cut the long story short, I went to chinese physician. He hardly touch my leg, just simply felt it over the air, he could tell my broken bone was in 3 parts. Even pointed out the exact spot, which was absolutely correct! According to him, the really bad swelling on my leg was caused by 'air'. Didn't make sense, but I thought thousands of yrs Chinese medicine must have some point to it. He adjusted my feet a bit, placed it on one of his thick chinese book, removed my very uncomfortable big hard cast, replaced by his soft bandage and his famous 'bone mending' medicine, which consist of fish scales, chalk, powdered granite, ginseng, etc which was supposed to be absorbed into the skin to mend and strengthen the bones.
Next day my feet turned completely white! Supposedly caused by the chalk or something. To cut the story short, he managed to heal my leg completely in just 5months! On top of that, while I was casted (with soft plaster), I could actually walk very long distances with a limp! Until now 2yrs plus, my leg has never given me any problem, and now I can walk very long distances and carry heavy weights without any problem, no limp no complications. And the broken leg feels as strong as the good one.
Same goes for my mom too, sprained her leg couldn't walk at all. Bedridden for 3 days, same sinseh treated her, in 2 days she can walk with a limp and now cured.
Chinese medicine has been around even before Western medicine existed.
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TCM does work to a certain extent. there is a new branch of medicine... western + TCM . they focus on both western and tcm to treat patients .. aka using XYZ from western medicine and ABC from TCM to treat a patient..
when i have a bad cough... i sometimes trust TCM more than local doc.. and im not chinese . only certain things im unable to consume as they contain animal products
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I would say TCM is only good for certain conditions. I would trust western medicine much more.
For a western drug to be approved for sale you need to first do research in lab to get the active ingrediant. Then you test it on some rats and if it passes you then test it on human subjects, all the while taking note of any side effects. Only after going through this whole process can it be used on patients. Even then, you need a doctor that went to med school for 5 years followed by 3 years of housemanship to presribe it to you. He will have a manual of drugs to refer to that documents down any known side effects or which allergy sufferers should avoid.
TCM on the other hand was bourne out of experimentation. It probably has a history of thousands years but somehow I just do not trust that the TCM shifu can remember by heart a few thousand years of knowledge. I have also never heard of TCM healing any serious illnesses. I only go to them if I sprained my ankle and thats all.
Some things are proven.
MaHuang -stimulant and a thermogenic for good or for bad.
Ginseng - as a stimulant for sports enhancement
TienChi - for hemostatic properties
There was also the famous case recently where a HK TV presenter (Tanya Liu) sustained serious head injuries in a UK train accident and was declared brain dead by UK docs. She was later brought into China for treatment as regained consciousness.
There probably is a scientific explanation for the meridians, qi, balance, cold/heat terminologies used in Chinese medicine, just that no one has done the scientific work to make them scientific or relate them to a more mundane explanation.
There are other stuff that seem more like hocus pocus though.
Best thing would be to take with a pinch of salt and not have false expectations or too high hopes (esp. when it involves loads of money)
For those who say you trust TCM, let give me a scenario. If say you have a uncle or aunt with stage 4 cancer and he/she tells you that they are seeing a TCM sinsei that is "famous" for curing cancer. They trust the sinsei so much that they are only taking the TCM medicine and none of the medicine that the western doctor is giving them. How many of you will advise otherwise?
on the plus side, western medicine has been documented quite well. any google of the medication brings up the whole list of details needed, including sideeffects, dosage, effects etc.
on the not so plus side, tcm is quite fishy. i wont say its useless as i used to be on tcm. but until its well documented, i'll just take them as tigerpills to be.
but i have to emphasize the abv is regardign scammers. there are real docs that do tcm well. tong chai medical hall is one decent place at least.
So one has to do their homework b4 seeking medical attention. Malpractice is everywhere by western and tcm docs who are less reputed. Years ago my brother in law had an eye operation at Mount E and the surgeon made a mistake and damaged the eye (not blinded) -- sue the fella for 20k as compensation.
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Good TCM is real. A long time a ago there was a TCM doctor named Lam Wai Mun in Chinatown. He was formerly a medical doctor 军医in the Chinese Army (probably the Kuomintang army fighting the Japanese in WW2). This guy was the real thing. He has passed away. He treated me when I was a kid.
Same for Ayurvedic medicine.
Same for Japanese herbal medicine. ( I have used a Japanese traditional herbal medical product before - superior results everytime )
So here we are not talking theories; or what you read on the Internet about some other people's opinion; or hearsay, but our own personal experience.
Of course western medicine is good too.
And of course there are numerous dubious doctors in Western medicine too.
(ask the late Michael Jackson)
Last edited by ricohflex; 17th September 2010 at 10:12 PM.
TCM seems to work to cure the disease, not the symptoms, which western medicine is targeted to do.