Recently someone posted a blog saying”TCM and homeopathy are increasingly being scrutinized as quackery.”, I am not homeopathy doctor, so I leave it to homeopathy society to answer. In regard to TCM and acupuncture, my comment is:
Life is precious and health is important for each one of us. We value critical mind and independent judgment, especially for our own life and health.
Before saying some medicine is useless or quackery, one has to check what is published in scientific journals and reality. And also need some more time to study what it is really for. There are more and more positive TCM research data published in international medical journals. I mean not just the TCM journals, but also including Western medical journals. In my previous blog, I just list a small list of researchers related to acupuncture and IVF.
TCM has been practiced and used in China for over 2000 years. It has enough literature which can match western medicine (which is about a couple of hundred years old). It is a treasure box which was discovered and is being rediscovered now. There are over five thousand herbs used in TCM. Most of them are botanical. Some are animals and mineral products. Regarding animals products, some animals were abundant hundred years ago, but no more. They are listed in rare species list by the international community. So TCM practitioners will not use them. But we can use other herbs to substitute the functions. In China, herbs are considered medicine and have to be prescribed by TCM practitioners. However, over one hundred herbs are currently listed by Chinese government FDA as food based which means they are part of regular food ingredient on the kitchen table.
Reality is there are over 1.2 billion people using TCM. More than one in 10 Americans have used Acupuncture. And that number is increasing. The Recent Opiate crisis has pushed more Americans to look for acupuncture as their means for pain management. New FDA and other government agencies white papers have mandated doctors to consider acupuncture and other complementary medicine before prescribing patients opiate related drugs.
At the time when people are fed up or concerns about synthetic chemical drugs and the contemplating the effect/side effect, it is obvious that holistic natural medicine like TCM will become more and more welcome as an important part of integrative medicine. Blogs are just opinions that anyone can say, science and reality will prove. People will make a decision anyway whether or not to include Tradition Chinese Medicine into their life and health.