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Chinese Medicine



Chinese medicine refers to a natural, herbal approach to health, with a tradition that has gone as far back as the third century BC. But throughout much of its history, it has always mirrored and adapted to changing conditions of healthcare, and its research has been carried out for so many years because of its multitude of uses. Even in todays western medicine, there are always connections being made and parallels being drawn to Chinese medicine.

Because of the fact that Chinese medicine has remained so successful for centuries, there is no doubt that is has influenced many health practices in the West; in fact, its methods are welcomed in many healthcare facilities in the West
in accordance with western medicine. Chinese medicine is a general term for the traditions emerging from Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and Tawain. The methods involved in the practice are created to remedy a host of disorders, from a simple headache to larger spinal issues. The treatment of Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, herbal therapy, breathing and movement exercises, and dietary therapy. One or all of these may be implemented in healing, and some of which are adopted in traditional Western ideals as well. 

The concept of Yin and Yang is perhaps at the foundation of all Chinese medicinal treatment, and the process of which mainly refers to harmony and balance, and as the bodys energy becomes imbalance and out of focus, vitality and the overall life-force becomes clogged or blocked. Clinical strategies look to detect these imbalances at the route, before they grown into an uncontrolled mess; the overall effectiveness of Chinese medicine is in prevention, i.e., the ways in which to develop and maintain habits that will prevent diseases from taking shape.

Currently, there is a large body of research that indicates that many plant remedies alongside pharmacological remedies can conflict with one another, but herbal medicine behaves much different than traditional western remedies, for the plant materials are much more harmonious, much more balanced, and they contain far less ingredients that can cause side-effects. In most cases, herbs are prescribed in tandem with one another, and together a particular harmony is reached, for a set of herbs will be more efficient in order to tackle diseases and their symptoms from all angles. Lastly, herbal treatments look not only to diminish symptoms
but also as an intervention for toxic imbalances in the body.

The following is a short list of some of the common ailments that Chinese medicine can treat: acne, urticaria, rosacea, psoriasis, skin disease, eczema, gastro-intestinal disorders, constipation, IBS, gynaecological conditions, hepatitis, HIV symptoms, Chronic fatigue syndrome, respiratory conditions, psychological problems, diabetes, urinary conditions, and so many more. The implementation of Chinese medicine for issues such as these is highly safe when prescribed by a reputable practitioner, one well versed in the art of Chinese medicine. Like many Western approaches to healing and treating symptoms, occasionally side effects can occur, but this is typically rare, and there is rarely any long lasting damage. In the last ten years or so, the West has accepted many Chinese herbs as effective for treating a myriad of ailments. Some of which include green tea, cranberry, black cohosh root, elderberry, horny goat weed, garlic, borax, agar, alum, aloes, and these are merely scratching the surface. Recent treatment options in the West have adopted many eastern philosophies regarding treatment, and everyday these methods are becoming more acceptable.