holistic medicine and tcm

What is the holistic view in TCM?

The concept of holism is the cornerstone of the theoretical system of TCM. It not only focuses on the unity of body and mind, the unity of human and society, but the interaction between human and the natural environment.[1]

Is Chinese medicine holistic?

TCM emphasizes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes, and focuses on prevention as well as treatment of illness. TCM diagnostics are based on symptom observation. The practitioner uses TCM therapies to rebalance yin and yang by restoring the natural flow of qi.[2]

Can I take Chinese and Western medicine together?

Therefore, there is no harm heeding your physician’s advice and remember to take them two hours apart. The TCM that’s being sold in Singapore are generally safe, and usually do not interact with the most western medications. However, it is still safer to separate them by 2 hours apart.[3]

How are TCM and Ayurveda similar?

Ayurveda and TCM have many commonalities. The focus of both the systems is on the patient rather than disease. Both systems fundamentally aim to promote health and enhance the quality of life, with therapeutic strategies for treatment of specific diseases or symptoms in holistic fashion.[4]

Is Traditional Chinese Medicine safe?

Some Chinese herbal products have been contaminated with toxic compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, and microorganisms and may have serious side effects. Manufacturing errors, in which one herb is mistakenly replaced with another, also have resulted in serious complications.[5]

How long does it take for Chinese herbs to work?

How long does it take for Chinese herbs to work? Roofener says that treatment may span between one or two weeks to much longer. “If we’re treating a fever or cough, you’ll be good to go rather quickly. But if you have a 40-year history of health problems and multiple chronic diseases, it will take much longer.”[6]

WHO recognizes traditional Chinese medicine?

After relentless lobbying by Chinese leaders, the World Health Organisation has finally integrated TCM into the 11th volume of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Amid much controversy, the World Health Assembly on May 25 formalised the inclusion of a chapter on TCM, a first for the ICD.[7]

What are 2 kinds of Chinese medicine?

Acupuncture. Moxibustion (the burning of herbal leaves on or near the body). Cupping (the use of warmed glass jars to create suction on certain points of the body). Massage. Herbal remedies. Movement and concentration exercises (such as tai chi).[8]

What can TCM treat?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holistically approaches several issues to help alleviate problems such as pain, IBS, colitis, infertility, neuropathy, arthritis, insomnia, stress and depression. This includes the acute and chronic phases of these issues.[9]

Can Chinese herbs cause liver damage?

The widespread use of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) and the associated adverse reactions has attracted the attention of researchers and physicians. Reports have shown that several types of CHM can cause liver injury, with increasing numbers of cases reported every year.[10]

Do Chinese herbs actually work?

Critics argue that there is no physiological evidence that qi or meridians exist, and scant evidence that TCM works. There have been just a handful of cases in which Chinese herbal treatments have proved effective in randomized controlled clinical trials.[11]

Which came first Ayurveda or TCM?

While Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as the name suggests, originated in China, Ayurveda has its origin in India. Both concepts are several thousand years old. What connects the two is the holistic approach to physical and mental health. Body and mind are seen as one.[12]