An In-Depth Look at Traditional Chinese Medicine

November 16, 2018

Is the first thing you imagine when you think about traditional Chinese medicine foreign herbs and old men shaking branches and chanting? Then it's time to update what you know about these incredible healing techniques!

Traditional Chinese medicine has lasted as long as it has for a reason. So it's worth looking into to see if these methods can help you achieve better health. 

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine is considered a profound pathway to achieving ultimate health and releasing lifelong ailments. Not only is traditional Chinese medicine aimed at your physical health, but at your emotional and spiritual health as well.

It's said that traditional Chinese medicine can help unlock your gifts and talents, allowing you to reach your highest potential. Much of the traditional Chinese method utilizes natural ingredients from the earth.

The History of Traditional Chinese Medicine

It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when traditional Chinese medicine began, as it's uses expanded over the thousands of years. Some methods of Chinese medicine date back to the Shang Dynasty (roughly 14th-11th centuries BCE).

No one, in particular, receives credit for the development of traditional Chinese medicine. But, The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon (Huang Di Nei Jing) is considered the oldest literary work on traditional Chinese medicine.

Chinese Medicine Myths

Unfortunately, much of what most people know about Chinese medicine comes from movies and television. This is why a number of myths and stereotypes have arisen over the years.

These myths include:

  • Chinese medicine is unregulated. False: The are a number of education requirements and certification exams.
  • Acupuncture isn't as effective as a prescription. False: a recent study showed that 17,922 patients with chronic pain found more relief with acupuncture than with prescriptions.
  • Chinese medicine requires exotic, hard to find ingredients. False: You can find some of the most common ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and mushrooms at your local market.

It's important to dispell these myths so people can understand the benefits of Chinese medicine. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments

While films make it appear that Chinese medicine is a "last result" for terrible conditions, there are a number of reasons someone might turn to traditional Chinese medicine for treatment. These conditions and symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Colitis
  • Auto-Immune Disease
  • Infertility
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Both Chronic and Acute Problem

Who Is Traditional Chinese Medicine Right For?

While it can be highly effective for many conditions, traditional Chinese medicine is not for everyone. It's important to have an open mind and a knowledge of the practices prior to seeking out a Chinese medicine practitioner.

It's also important to keep in mind that unlike Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine doesn't claim to have an "overnight fix." Many treatments do not come in the form of medicine but in the form of therapeutic massage, acupuncture, exercise, and diet therapy. These treatments must be continued over a period of time to receive their benefits. 

Taking the Right Steps Towards Better Health

It can be scary to seek out treatments that aren't what you're used to. But, traditional Chinese medicine has helped people for thousands of years and could be the key to helping you achieve better health.

If you're not sure if traditional Chinese medicine is right for you, we suggest taking it slow. Start by booking a massage or an acupuncture session to see how you do, and go from there.