WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?
For thousands of years the Chinese have observed life processes and relationships between earth and humanity. Consequently Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed a wide vocabulary to describe a number of subtle body patterns, a method of description not available to Western medicine because of its emphasis on disease states. The Chinese approach wellbeing as a holistic consideration of health and disease and of the delicate interplay between these opposing forces.
WHY IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE BENEFICIAL
In a time of increased awareness of environment, health, and the personal responsibility of mankind, it seems that an integration of East and West should be mutually beneficial. Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system, established upon its own philosophy and pathology a system of physiology, diagnosis, and approaches.
HOW CAN TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE HELP YOU?
The Chinese medical practitioner pays careful attention to the complete physiological and psychological aspects of each individual. All relevant information, including the symptom as well as the patient’s other general characteristic , is gathered and woven together until it forms what Chinese medicine calls a “pattern of disharmony”. The patterns of disharmony provide the framework for treatment. The therapy then attempts to bring the configurations into balance, to restore harmony to the individual. The Chinese Medical practitioner gives each patient a unique herbal treatment based on his or her particular diagnosis.
CHINESE MEDICINE INCLUDES:
Chinese herbal medicine
Tuina (remedial massage)
Qi Gong (breathing therapy)
Diet and lifestyle advice
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE FOR YOUR HEALTH CARE?
Chinese Medicine has been repeatedly tested and proven effective through the accumulated rich experience in its long history of development.
- Chinese Medicine practitioners have been trained in both Chinese Medicine and Western medicine sciences.
- Chinese medicine fuscous on the person health, not only treat disease also good for wellbeing such as choric disease, degeneration condition, functional, hormone imbalance, anti ageing.
- Chinese medicine is chemical –free treatment and low adverse effects
- Holistic approach and complete health maintenance system and
- Cost effectiveness
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE USED FOR AND HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 116 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were randomly assigned to receive individualised Chinese herbal formulations, a “one-size-fits-all” Chinese herbal formulation, or placebo. Treatment consisted of 5 capsules 3 times daily, taken for 16 weeks. The results showed that both forms of active treatment were superior to the placebo, significantly reducing IBS symptoms.(1)
The Kampo formula known as Daio-kanzo-to is a mixture of rhubarb and licorice. In a 2-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 132 people complaining of constipation were randomly assigned to one of three groups: placebo, low-dose Daio-kanzo-to, or high-dose Daio-kanzo-to. The results indicate that the higher-dose group, but not the lower-dose group, experienced statistically significant improvements in constipation compared to placebo.(2)
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 96 people with osteoarthritis of the knee tested the effectiveness of a mixture of three Chinese herbs. Participants were randomly assigned to placebo group or one of three other groups: 200 mg, 400 mg, or 600 mg of the herbal formula 3 times daily. After 4 weeks of treatment, significant improvement in arthritis symptoms was seen in all three treatment groups compared to placebo. No dose appeared conclusively superior to the others. (4)
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 220 people with allergic rhinitis were given either placebo or the Kampo remedy Sho-seiryu-to for a period of 2 weeks. The results showed that use of the herbal formula significantly relieved all major symptoms of allergic rhinitis compared to placebo. Based on this and other more preliminary studies, Sho-seiryu-to has been approved by the Japanese Health Ministry for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis.(3)
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 101 people with liver cirrhosis who also suffered from severe muscular spasms at least twice per week were given either a specialised herbal remedy or placebo 3 times daily for 2 weeks. The results showed significant reduction in frequency and severity of spasms among the participants using the herb compared to those taking placebo. (5)
In a double-blind trial of 40 women complaining of menstrual pain, a specialised herbal remedy was compared to placebo with good results. Over six menstrual cycles, women using the real herbal formula experienced significantly less menstrual pain compared to those in the placebo group. Benefits took three menstrual cycles to develop. (6) In a 2008 review of 39 randomised controlled trials involving a total of 3,475 women, researchers concluded that the use of traditional Chinese herbs shows some promise in for the treatment of menstrual pain. (7)
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been approved by the Japanese Health Ministry for the treatment of asthma. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, 33 people with mild to moderate asthma received a specialised herbal remedy or placebo 3 times daily for 4 weeks. Treatment with the herbal remedy improved symptoms of asthma to a greater extent than placebo. Additional measurements suggested that the herbal remedy works by reducing asthmatic inflammation. (9)
A double-blind study of more than 200 people evaluated the effectiveness of Coptis Formula (a traditional combination therapy) with or without the drug glibenclamide for the treatment of diabetes . Coptis Formula appeared to significantly enhance the effectiveness of the drug; however, the herbs produced marginal benefits at best when taken alone. (8)
In a paired double-blind study, placebo-controlled trials carried out by one research group, found that a Traditional Chinese Medicine produced significantly better effects than placebo for both adults and children. Each study enrolled approximately 40 people and used a crossover design in which all participants received the real treatment and placebo for 8 weeks each. Use of the herb significantly reduced eczema symptoms compared to placebo. (10, 11)
A large, double-blind study conducted in China reported that use of a traditional Chinese remedy by people with a previous history of a heart attack could reduce the risk that they would suffer a subsequent severe cardiovascular problem, such as a stroke or another heart attack. (12) Chinese herbal medicine may also be helpful for people with angina. In a small, randomised trial of 66 adults with stable angina, Shenshao tablets (containing ginsenosides and white peony) reduced the frequency of angina attacks. (13)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 29 people with chronic fatigue syndrome found indications that use of Traditional Chinese Medicine significantly improved symptoms compared to placebo. (17)
Various Chinese herbal formulas have been evaluated for the treatment of respiratory infections. The results of published studies appear to indicate that these formulas are more effective than standard antibiotics. (16)
In a review of 21 studies involving almost 3,000 subjects, researchers concluded that Chinese herbs were as effective as commonly prescribed medications for drug withdrawal symptoms in heroin addicts. (18)
Depression, stress and mood disorders
Studies have shown the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the management of stress, depression and mood disorders. (19)
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