Does Chinese traditional medicine work better than Western medicine in some cases?

Researchers have been studying traditional chinese medical practices for the longest time. These approaches have been the subject of many clinical studies and scientific reviews. Some Chinese medicinal practices include acupuncture and tai chi. These practices may help improve may help improve the quality of life and certain pain conditions. However, scientists don’t know much about the safety of these procedures. Some Chinese herbal products have been contaminated with toxic compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, and microorganisms and may have undocumented side effects.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is continuously evolving. TCM practitioners use various mind and body practices as well as herbal products to address health problems. Scientists have studied the various methods used in China. Studies they have conducted suggest that acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural release of painkillers and affects areas in the brain involved in processing pain. Some trials have actually suggested that real acupuncture and sham acupuncture are both equally effective. Sham acupuncture is the same as the placebo effect.

Tai Chi is a combination of certain postures, gentle movements, breathing, focus, and relaxation. Scientists have found that practicing tai chi will improve balance and stability in older people. It will help those with Parkinson’s disease, reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, and help deal with fibromyalgia.

Chinese herbal products have been studied and they have been used to help with many medical problems. These problems include stroke, heart disease, mental disorders, and respiratory diseases and a national survey shows that one in five Americans use it.

Sanaa Dalvi

Sources:

“Traditional Chinese Medicine: What You Need To Know.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 29 Apr. 2019, https://nccih.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/chinesemed.htm.

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