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teatree16 Post time: 2017-7-21 14:29
Chinese medicine is an ancient science evolved within many hundreds of years and more and more weste ...



It is old but not a "science". It comprises some validated therapies but it also promotes superstition and unscientific beliefs.

Just think of artemisia. It helped cure people of malaria in the past but the exact mechanism was not understood until last year when a CXhinese doctor published results obtained by research on the ingredient. The ingredient can be obtained in many countries as the plant grows in a number of places but it was firsty found to help against malaria in China. It took Western research methods to identify the exact ingredient.

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seneca Post time: 2017-7-21 19:24
It is old but not a "science". It comprises some validated therapies but it also promotes supers ...

By the time the west research can identify, it's already too lag. Chinese medicine is an outcome of actual experiences, not of identifications.
If you cannot identify a poison, does it mean you can take it? But Chinese medi way can tell you it's poisonous after it had killed some people (without identification).

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This post was edited by Chinaman2017 at 2017-7-21 22:35

The problem is not that Chinese medication did not get lab identification, but is the west being too slow to learn Chinese medi.Things you have no knowledge of don't mean they don't exist.

Before the ingredient of marijuana(herb) was identified, the native Indians had been using it for long long time.

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Chinaman2017 Post time: 2017-7-21 22:26
By the time the west research can identify, it's already too lag. Chinese medicine is an outcome o ...



You are a funny chap, you!

The West had the same or very similar cures to a host of similar health problems: in fact many ancient recipes have been preserved as folklore to this day and old women would tell you they swear by them.

But many of these healing methods have been found to be wanting in efficacity. Modern aspirin fights headache  more effectively than a concotion made of flowers with honey.

Modern science also can explain what exactly works in these flowers and what might have side effects.

T.C.M. does not know enough. It blindly trusts in the efficacity of drugs that are said to have worked in some cases; when there are side effects it is too late.

Shall we start a discussion of the nefarious and often lethal SIDE EFFECTS???

To administer unproven cures to trusting patients is bordering on crime!

And many ingredients should not be extracted because they come from rare plants or animals that are threatened by extinction as a result of this irrational belief that only they can help the patient!

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Chinaman2017 Post time: 2017-7-21 22:30
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No. The challenge is to communicate the effects a drug has on a human body, and in this respect the Chinese side is to blame because they use highly esoteric language. When you talk about "qi" in the body, or when you talk about "cold" and "hot" foods you are talking in an unscientific and purely esoteric, quasi-religious jargon.

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Chinaman2017 Post time: 2017-7-21 22:30
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"Before the ingredient of marijuana(herb) was identified, the native Indians had been using it for long long time."

And that actually supports my belief that T.C.M. is not so uniquje as the Chinese want it to be believed.

It is a folk medicine.

You are right about the native Americans and their knowledge of herbs for medical purposes. They have known about antidotes to scorpion stings and snake bites for cneutires or millennia.

But they do not go around the world preaching the superiority of their medicine over modern sciences, as do the Chinese. Modern medicine has been accepted by native Americans too; only modern medicine can perform cataract surgery, for example.

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