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How Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Differ From Western Medicine?

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How Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Differ From Western Medicine?

Chinese and Western medical therapies and methods both have been developed over a very long time and both of these remedies are supported by the World Health Organization. Chinese medicine is a much older medical therapy that has been developed for over 2000 years. Western medicine isn’t quite as ancient as Chinese medicine although there are various cultures across the globe that did practice an ancient form of western medicine.  

While both of these medical therapies are highly effective in treating medical conditions, they do differ quite a lot. Here is a quick look at the main differences between Chinese herbal medicine and Western medications.

A Difference in Theory

One of the biggest differences in these medical practices is the theory. Western medicine is evidence-based on scientific technology, anatomy, and chemistry. 

Chinese medicine, on the other hand, is based on experimental technology and focuses on the entire body system and achieving balance so optimal health can occur. 

A Difference in Diagnostics

In Western medicine, doctors use scientific instruments to check the human body to evaluate problems and they also evaluate physical symptoms to detect medical issues.

In Chinese medicine, practitioners use listening, looking, smelling, asking and touching to target symptoms related to imbalances in the body and everything including pulse, posture, and feelings are taken into consideration.

A Difference in Treatments

The biggest difference between Western and Chinese medicine lies in the treatments. Western medicine focuses on directly targeting the pathogen and symptoms of the condition to help treat a specific condition. 

For example; medical treatments like chemotherapy kill cancer cells, antibiotics kill bacteria in your body, immunosuppressant control autoimmune diseases in your body and surgery removes lesion tissue or restores wounds. Western medicine is terrific for treating specific conditions that pose current negative threats. 

The advantages of western medication are that it is very quick in solving medical problems when the diagnosis is clear. Disadvantages include negative side effects that extreme medications might have on your body that could impact various organs and that these treatments can be ineffective if a specific medical condition cannot be identified.  

Chinese medicine, on the other hand, focuses more on achieving overall health instead of just focusing on a specific condition or symptom. The remedies used in TCM are preferable for a chronic problem and herbal medicine prescribed are designed to improve the body as a whole to help strengthen the immune system, prevent disease and combat current conditions. The holistic therapies, including Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, remedial massage, lifestyle advice, etc. boost your healing powers so your body starts to restore itself, fight off different diseases that might be affecting your body and improves your health as a whole. 

The advantages of Chinese medicine are that it is terrific for treating chronic conditions and for correcting organ malfunctions and don’t have negative side effects on your body. The disadvantage of this medical remedy is that results often take longer to manifest. 

The Best Treatment Options

Both of these medical treatments offer superb advantages and both do have some disadvantages. They are both highly effective for treating many different conditions. Ideally, you would benefit a great deal from combining these two medical practices as they do complement one another superbly when your western doctor and TCM practitioner work together to help you achieve optimal health. 

Generally speaking, conventional medicine is preferable as a first-line treatment for acute or severe diseases because these medical treatments offer quicker results. TCM remedies are preferable for chronic, long term or unidentifiable medical conditions that affect your health and mind in the long run. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Traditional Chinese Medicine, get in touch with Evergreen CMC to talk about a consultation or acupuncture treatment.

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