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How does Traditional Chinese Medicine treat disease?

Traditional Chinese medicine is a science that Chinese people have handed down for thousands of years. Many diseases can be cured through Traditional Chinese Medicine. Even with today's highly advanced Modern medicine, many people in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea will still seek Chinese medicine for a wide variety of health issues. Why? Because there are many conditions and diseases for which Modern medicine has no good solutions, but which Chinese medicine often can treat successfully.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is different from Modern in its approach to treating disease. Modern medicine needs to diagnose what disease you have first, and then give the appropriate medicine according to your disease. Unfortunately, not every disease has an appropriate pharmacological remedy. Actually, many diseases cannot be truly cured by Modern medicine, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatism, many skin diseases, pain, insomnia, depression, and many more. Modern medicine can only provide drugs which suppress symptoms or control effects of the disease, such as hypoglycemic agents, insulin, anti-hypertensive drugs, steroids, painkillers, sleeping pills, and so on. At best, these drugs can only manage your condition, but they can't really cure the underlying illness. Furthermore, in many cases one must take these drugs for a lifetime. Unfortunately, once these drugs are used for a long time, the effectiveness of the drug diminishes, while side effects increase. 

Because Traditional Chinese Medicinal treatment is person-centered rather than disease-centered, TCM does not require that we label or name a patient’s disease. All disorders and diseases will have symptoms and signs that can be observed through examination. The TCM therapist must gather and evaluate this information by checking the patient's face, tongue, pulse, mental state, pressing acupuncture points, and asking the patient some questions so as to determine which organs or meridians are imbalanced, and then give the appropriate treatment.  
In addition to Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, there are other traditional methods of treatment, such as Tui-Na massage, cupping, and Qigong. These methods of bodywork and energy cultivation are also helpful in healing, though the main therapies of TCM are based on Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.

As long as the TCM therapist’s analysis is correct and the chosen treatment method is appropriate, it will have a significant effect.

Many people who consult a Chinese medical practitioner will tell the doctor what diseases he or she has, using the names given by Western medicine, such as: lumbar disc herniation, degenerative arthritis, stomach ulcers, tricuspid valvular insufficiency, as well as strange-sounding and rare disorders which Western medicine has named, and then ask the Chinese physician: can these diseases be treated by traditional Chinese medicine?

The answer is, nearly all problems (99%) can be solved by traditional Chinese medicine. However, not all TCM therapists possess equal skill. Have you found a truly excellent TCM therapist who has the skill and knowledge to solve your problems?

Maybe you have already tried Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, but did not experience much improvement. If so, this is because the TCM therapist you consulted was unable to help you. Since different TCM therapists have different approaches and methods, if one therapist’s treatment does not produce a noticeable improvement, then you should try a different TCM specialist who may be able to help you. In China and Taiwan, many people will have consulted several different TCM therapists before finding one who can deliver impressive results.