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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies. Chinese medicine views the body as an energetic system in dynamic balance. Unlike allopathic medicine which focuses on symptoms and separates the disease from the person, Chinese medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the mind, body, and spirit as one entity.

Qi, which can be translated as energy or life force, flows in a regular pattern through a system of channels — or meridians — to all parts of the body. When the flow of Qi is unimpeded there is harmony, balance, and good health. When there are Qi blockages, too much or too little Qi, there is an imbalance, which can lead to disharmony and disease.

 

FAQs

Can Western and Chinese Medicine be combined?

Yes. Modern medical wisdom suggests that we combine what is useful from each source. Because Chinese medicine addresses the underlying cause of a condition rather than just the symptoms, it is often helpful to treat conditions generally unresponsive to western drug-oriented treatment. Examples include PMS, headache, vertigo, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, etc. Conversely, some conditions, most notably bacterial infections and conditions with structural changes, e.g., fractures or tumors, respond more rapidly to Western techniques. Very frequently the two methodologies can be combined to the patient's greater benefit. Here are some examples: In the treatment of high blood pressure, acupuncture and herbs, along with dietary salt-restriction, can decrease the amount of anti-hypertensive medication required for blood pressure control. This approach also works for respiratory conditions like asthma in which the Chinese medicine allows the patient to decrease dependence on steroidal inhalers. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used successfully to offset some of the side-effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, fatigue and a weakened immune system, during the treatment of cancer or AIDS.

In summary, a pragmatic, broad-based approach that acknowledges the strength of each kind of medicine, such as that practiced at Glow Acupuncture and Wellness Center, allows for the choice of the best treatment options for each individual patient.

 

 


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