In the US many of us grow up believing that the only choice for treatment is conventional medicine. We’re often taught that surgery is the only way to fix serious health issues, and that only prescription medications can wipe out disease.
Meanwhile, in many other parts of the world patients seek out integrative and alternative medicine to treat a wide range of health issues. They believe that a combination of conventional and alternative techniques can lead to optimal health. Chinese Medicine is a type of alternative medicine that is gaining popularity in the US.
Chinese medicine is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism developed more than 2,500 years ago. While western medicine often focuses on treating illness and disease, traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes achieving health and wellbeing. Chinese medical practitioners believe in the power of harmony and balance. Those who have harmony have health and well being, and those who have disharmony suffer from illness and disease.
Acupuncture is a popular Chinese medicine technique. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an estimated 3.1 million US adults had used acupuncture the previous year. The number of visits to acupuncturists tripled between 1997 and 2007. About 2.3 million Americans practiced tai chi and 600,000 practiced qi gong.
Chinese medicine works naturally with your body, using its innate ability to heal itself.
Chinese medicine encompasses a variety of therapies and treatments. They include moxibustion (an herb is burned above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), herbal medicine, tui na (therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, and tai chi.
Chinese herbal medicine utilizes a variety of plants, minerals and animal products for medicinal purposes. Different parts of a plant including the leaves, roots, stems, flowers and seeds are used and given to patients in teas, capsules, powders and liquid extracts.
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques. The most common technique is to penetrate the skin with thin, solid, metal needles that are manipulated by electrical stimulation or by the hands.
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we provide Chinese medicinal services to patients in our modern health facility. Contact us to schedule your appointment today! Like our Facebook page to get daily healthy living insights.
Birdee GS, Wayne PM, Davis RB, et al. T’ai chi and qigong for health: patterns of use in the United States. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009;15(9):969–973.
Chan E, Tan M, Xin J, et al. Interactions between traditional Chinese medicines and Western therapeutics. Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development. 2010;13(1):50–65.
The articles on this website are not to be construed as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.