Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Where Western Medicine Fails, TCM may offer hope

“I became convinced that drugs used in Western medicine do not outweigh the side effects in many cases,” Dr. Lu says. “Unlike Western medicine, which commonly strives to control symptoms, Chinese medicine focuses on the cause of the illness, and treats the cause.”...

Acupuncture — perhaps the most recognizable form of TCM — involves extremely thin metal needles that are inserted just beneath the skin to stimulate the flow of Qi. It can be effective for migraine headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, lower back pain, nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy or chemotherapy, and stress relief. Starting April 1, B.C. residents on a premium assistance program will be able to see a registered acupuncturist under the Medical Service Plan...

TCM therapies are indeed vast, and include food cures (treatment of disease through diet), herbal medicines, massage, and exercises such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi, which strengthen the mind and body.

TCM therapies are also increasingly being used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, Western medicine to treat infertility. After several months of failing to get pregnant, Vancouver couple Melissa and Jason (their surname was withheld by request) approached their family doctor with their concerns. “I knew it would be trickier for me to have a baby because of my irregular [menstrual] cycles, which were anywhere between two and four months,” Melissa recalls. But after running the usual blood tests to determine that they were both healthy, their doctor wanted them to adopt a “wait-and-see approach for eight months”....

Dr. Brown — a former chartered accountant who, like Lu, pursued TCM as a career after it cured him of a chronic condition — says TCM treatments can enhance fertility naturally. “When a woman is under stress, hormones are diverted away from the reproductive organs in a fight-or-flight response. Acupuncture helps to increase the blood flow to the reproductive organs, which creates a richer [uterine] lining for ovulation and implantation.”... As any generalist can say they treat reproductive health, Brown recommends talking to your family doctor or fertility clinic to find a TCM doctor that specializes in the field of reproductive health. B.C. residents requiring assistance in locating a registered doctor of TCM, a practitioner, an herbalist, or an acupuncturist can also contact the College of Chinese Medicine at 604 783-7100, or visit

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1 comment:

Sharon Zhao said...

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM encompasses both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. While acupuncture is perhaps the most widely recognized area of TCM, Chinese Herbal Medicine is also very important in your treatment. Chinese Herbal Medicine administers natural herbal formulas specifically designed to correct imbalances in the body, aiding in the treatment of disease.

Our clinic provides Acupuncture Therapy, Herbal Prescriptions, Nutrition Counseling and Massage Therapy.

The student clinic at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Long Island or Manhattan offers acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal consultation at a reasonable cost.

Fees for Supervised Intern Practice
Initial visit — $35.
Subsequent visits — $25.