Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes Acupuncture, Herbs, Tuina, and many other modalities, offers an entire theoretical and scientific system. TCM is not simply a gathering of pieces of experience, remedies, and knowledge. It is a medicine with its own theory of the body that underpins explanations of how and why certain treatments are used and how and why sickness originates and resolves. Excellent medicines have emerged from many ancient civilizations. China is unique in that, for a number of social, cultural, political, and economic reasons, its medicine experienced continuous development. Generations have continued to refine and develop the rich medical traditions that can be traced to classic ancient texts, many of which are thousands of years old. TCM practitioners and researchers are now using modern research techniques to conduct systematic and extensive research. When herbal formulas are used properly, practitioners have found time and again that they offer reliable clinical results.
A growing number of medical consumers are interested in natural medical treatments. They want herbal remedies with few side effects. Chinese herbal formulas are powerful yet gentle treatments that offer patients natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals. Even when consumed in doses five times that of what is recommended, most herbal formulas are safe and non-toxic.
Many Western herbal and allopathic treatments are aimed at treating symptoms. In order to maintain a relief from symptoms, the treatment must be continued indefinitely. Chinese herbal formulas target the underlying conditions that lead to symptoms. Once the underlying condition is treated, the symptoms will subside, and treatment can be stopped.