Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – Is it for me?

Chronic Disease

Despite the fact that many acute diseases respond well to TCM treatments, the strongest application of TCM in our Western world is certainly the field of chronic disease. Without the shadow of a doubt TCM provides more than just pain therapy. Treatment with Chinese herbs, acupuncture or other methods does not contradict Western therapy – it enhances it. These treatments combine well with conventional therapies. In any case, it is essential that physicians be fully aware of the entire range of treatments in play.

Indications

Conditions treated frequently TCM methods fall into various fields like neurology (migraine, vertigo), dermatology (atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne), spine and joints, psychic disturbances (insomnia, sexuality, depression, fear), pulmonary diseases, ENT (tinnitus, hay fever), cardiology (hypertension, functional disturbancies), gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological diseases and many more.

Pregnancy

Of course pregnancy requires special considerations. Most TCM treatments, however, are suitable for pregnant women.

Children

The herb dosage will be adapted to the childīs age and body weight. It might be difficult for a child to take herbs in the form of an infusion. In such cases, a hydrophylic concentrate that is more neutral in taste can be prescribed. If a child is too young to tolerate needles, acupuncture treatment can still be performed using a soft laser to stimulate the points. In addition, ear acupuncture with seeds affixed to the external ear, instead of using needles, can be applied, thus avoiding any risk of infection.

Performance Improvement

Besides the treatment of complaints, an additional aspect deserves attention: personal performance. TCM addresses both physical and mental performance. High pressure in professional life with ongoing stress, possibly combined with significant burdens in the workplace or at home, coupled with minimal recovery times are wide spread phenomena of our Western lifestyle. High stress characterizes the lives of many top performers. In addition to the physical symptoms that might develop from such lifestyle, reduced performance can aggravate professional or private situations.

Often it is not so much the persons concerned, but rather others in their professional and private surroundings that identify the initial symptoms like lack of concentration, reduced stress tolerance and irritability. Over time lassitude and a lack of drive can develop, possibly leading to full burn out syndrome. Too frequently, medical advice isnīt sought until pain symptoms are significant. These might include heartburn, headache or distending pain in the costal and hypochondriac regions.

Because in TCM physical and mental health are inextricably linked, TCM offers an excellent approach to improving performance. The growing awareness of this situation is, by the way, an interesting parallel to the attitude in ancient China, where prevention was the more prominent aspect of TCM as compared to treatment.