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Alternative Medicine
"Surgery or Acupuncture ? Antibiotics or Herbs ? BOTH ARE BETTER. More and more M.D.s are mixing Ancient Medicine and New Science to treat everything from the common cold to heart disease." said Life Magazine, Sept. 1996. Ancient Medicine is also called Alternative Medicine, which includes chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic, and Chinese therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As the world gets smaller, people expose and understand more to these alternative methods. The government, regulatory agencies, and medical professionals are also paying more attention and conducting more researches on them. In 1980, The World Health Organization released a list of 43 types of pathologies which can be effectively treated with acupuncture. A 1993 study found that one in three Americans had used alternative therapies. While Western techniques are clearly better at dealing with trauma and bacterial infection, the Ancient Medicine is more successful with chronic diseases such as asthma. The combination of Ancient Medicine with Western science provides better healing solutions for people looking for good health.     
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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced in Asia for over 5,000 years. It is not surprising, therefore, that between 65 to 80 percent of the world's health care services are classified as "traditional medicine." The philosophy behind TCM is holistic health care, from diagnosis to treatment to maintenance. TCM works to regenerate the organ functions in one's body. Health is restored by bringing the bodily functions into balance, activating and increasing the body's natural immune system.

In excess of 5,000 Chinese herb have been categorized and classified according to the various properties which they contain. Over the years, more than 25,000 formula were created and refined for specific types of infections, illnesses and diseases. These formula are specific combinations of herbs; most of them discovered over a thousand years ago. The combinations became necessary and more complex as experience shown that some herbs canceled out the effect of other herbs. It was also discovered that the medicinal properties of many herbs required certain other herbs to be present to act as a catalyst.

The healing power of the ingredients found in these natural herbal formula has never been doubted by most Asians. The difficulty in utilizing many of these ancient formula has been determining which formula work with the individual person/symptom-complex combination. TCM prescribes a formula based upon the individual being treated as opposed to Western practices where treatments and preventatives are tested for their effectiveness on a group of people.

Thus, the effectiveness of TCM in the past was largely determined by the doctor prescribing and administering the formula. These doctors drew upon all of their resources in prescribing a specific formula: Physiology and pathology of the human body, disease etiology, blood, bodily fluids, channels-collateral, and differentiation of symptom-complexes all relate to the physical manifestations of an illness. The doctors then interpreted these physical manifestations through the basic theories of Yin-Yang, the Five Elements, Zang-fu, and Qi.   
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Modern Chinese Medicine
For years, the Chinese government and the government of the Republic of China on Taiwan have put great efforts into promoting the modernization of Chinese medicine. As a result, there are now professionals trained in both traditional Chinese Medicine and modern Western medicine to conduct research on the development of Chinese Medicine. The Western Science methodologies have been employed to analyze the effectiveness of herbs and treatment on various subjects. Many of the differences between TCM and Western scientific practices are now being studied for their synergistic potential. Joint research efforts with research institutes such as Stanford University, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, and National Cancer Institute have been made to evaluate the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine and improve the classification and selection/prescription of formulas. This research indicates that Chinese Medicine is very effective in regenerating organic function and treating chronic diseases.

A modern diagnosis technique is also used to enhance the old traditional diagnosis method. Taking a patient's pulse has been a traditional way of detecting illness. With new techniques developed through modern Chinese Medicine, pressure reactions convert variances in the patient's pulse into electromagnetic waves. These waves are analyzed by a computer and then registered on a screen. This represents the combination of modern scientific precision with the art of traditional Chinese Medicine. It opens up a new world of medical diagnosis and treatment.

Western methodologies are also making the formula of TCM available globally. Originally, these ancient formula once prescribed were taken home and slowly boiled into soup to be consumed. This four-hour process was done twice daily and the soup often smelled and tasted unpleasant. Modern technology has finally enabled the potent essence of these healing herbs to be extracted in their natural state for delivery to people in need around the world.
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Human Organ Restoration Theory
The Human Organ Restoration Theory is a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Scientific methodologies. Initially, pathology, symptommatology and clinical therapeutics in the East and West were studied to bring about the best treatment possible. With the precision of western technology, the exact combination of herbs was determined and its effectiveness was evaluated. The restoration of organic function is done by using Chinese medicinal herbs. These herbs are formulated to regulate physiologic functions while at the same time repairing the dysfunction of the pathologic organ. With the help of modern technology, the effectiveness of TCM can be verified through analysis. Once the effectiveness of the treatment is determined, the normal physiologic metabolism is restored.

The Advantages of TCM
For most of its history Western medicine has approached health and a well being from a very different perspective. It has been reactive, rather than proactive. Symptoms and science have been the drivers. Western medicine examines and dissects to determine what is not working in the body and attempts to introduce external, often synthetic, chemical compounds to compensate. TCM, on the other hand, asks why the body is not functioning properly and attempts to use individualized organic herbal formula to rejuvenate and to restore the body to its natural state.

For example, Westerners determined that people with Diabetes Mellitus lack sufficient insulin and/or the ability to regulate the amount of insulin that their bodies produce. So they created an industry to allow diabetics to externally monitor and regulate this function by testing their blood and by injecting themselves with manufactured insulin. TCM instead focuses its treatment on restoring the natural balance and functionality of each person's organs. TCM, more specifically, has developed formula which help to restore the pancreas and to revitalize natural insulin production and regulation within the body.

TCM offers many advantages and can be used safely on its own or as a complement to Western pharmaceuticals. The most significant advantages of the TCM approach are:  

  • Thousands of years of classification, testing, and refinement of herbal formulas.
  • Few, and often no side-effects due to natural ingredients.
  • Individualized treatment
  • No chemical residues, unlike many Western pharmaceuticals.
  • Treats the why (from the root), not the what (from the symptoms).
  • Rejuvenates the body's organs to correct symptoms at their root causes.
  • Revitalizes the body's natural immune system.
  • Long-term results.

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