Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is gaining popularity in Australia and all over the world. At the Lotus Medical Centre in Brunswick, we use TCM as part of our holistic treatment philosophy to give our patients the best chance of success. Since Chinese Medicine focuses on promoting self-healing, it offers an appealing supplement to more conventional therapies for specific medical conditions.
If you want to know more about alternative therapies, give us a call today!
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses several different disciplines, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, tai chi, and tui-na massage. TCM looks at the body as a whole to identify imbalances that can cause weakness or pain and then explores several treatments to bring the body back into balance.
Is TCM Effective?
As TCM has become increasingly popular beyond China, scientists have tried to measure the effectiveness of Chinese medicine. Studies have shown that some practices, like tai chi and acupuncture, have value as a treatment for particular conditions, while studies on herbal medicine have been more mixed.
Acupuncture releases several natural pain-killers, and studies show that it can help relieve chronic pain and ease headaches. Always be sure to work with a reputable TCM practitioner to ensure safe and sterile acupuncture practices.
Tai Chi is an ancient art that combines breath control with gentle movements between various postures. It’s an excellent way to improve balance and stability and is especially useful for patients with Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, and chronic joint pain.
Scientists have looked at Chinese herbal medicine’s effectiveness for many clinical conditions, and the results are mixed. However, many studies have used lax methodologies and lack the scientific rigour to prove or disprove the efficacy of TCM conclusively.
TCM is an excellent complement to traditional Western medicine. If you want to find out about Chinese medicine in Brunswick, please give us at Lotus Medical Centre a call on (03) 9380 1588.