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What do you think about the fate of the traditional Chinese medicine?

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The traditional Chinese medicine has a long history in China. We can trace back to 6000 years ago. It was an age of Shen Nung in Chinese history. Up to now there are many doctors treating the sick in the way of the traditional Chinese medicine all over China. Doctors will give you a prescription after a diagnosis, in which there are a certain amount of traditional Chinese medical materials. It will be given according to a patient’s situation. In other words, they are dry original materials collected from nature without being processed.

             The Chinese medicine started to be effected by the medicine from the west can be dated back to 100 years ago. Before that all Chinese were used to the treating way of the traditional Chinese medicine. So anything that can exist has a reason.

             However, today the traditional Chinese medicine faces a great challenge. It is not about how many people trust it or not, but the materials themselves. The materials to be used as a medicine should be collected from nature. But now many of them are grown by human. In other words, those plants that are planted by human might not grow in a natural way. Besides, human might use some chemical fertilizers to make it grow faster. It is a bad effect to its medical efficiency.

             The fate of the traditional medicine relies on how many medical materials we have from nature. The more expanding for human’s territory we do, the less space we will have for the traditional Chinese medial materials.  Today if we want to save the traditional Chinese medicine, we still have time and space.

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Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-7-4 18:44
Many countries still use so-called traditional methods (food and herbs) to deal with common complaints so this practice is not unique to China. The difference is that many of these traditional remedies are now concentrated and mass produced as medicines.
That is not to say people don't still treat food as a medicine, natural remedies are still widely used and have been for years, certainly across Europe.
However some materials used in TCM is questionable to say the least, especially as there is no scientific basis for success and many more reliable alternatives.
Bear bile and tiger parts, still popular remedies in China, would be banned due to the illegal nature of the methods of collecting the required parts, apart from the fact that there is no scientific basis that they actually work.
Their use seem to be more about status and 'face'.

Equally all GP's I know react with horror at the tradition of “zuo yue zi” (坐月子) which weakens a woman's body, can cause her muscles to atrophy, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for many when they say child-birth weakens the body.
Nonsense.
A perfectly healthy woman can give birth and be on her feet the next day - women have been doing this for thousands of years, and been giving birth to upwards of 6, 7, 8 children with no ill effect.
Equally the traditional post-partum diet may cause the mother's milk to dry up sooner, especially if she is not breast feeding.
If you think your body is weak, and treat is as weak, it will become weak.
I constantly hear people say 'Chinese bodies are different' - this is total rubbish.
If this were the case then there would be no Chinese/non-Chinese babies being born.
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Reply Report samlam 2016-7-5 12:26
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Thank you very much
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-7-5 18:03
Traditional Chinese Medicine is good .. but our food security system is not good or you can say is bad right now..  So I guess what about medicine?
Reply Report samlam 2016-7-6 16:15
BlondeAmber: Many countries still use so-called traditional methods (food and herbs) to deal with common complaints so this practice is not unique to China. The di ...
Thank you very much. You are very familiar with the traditional Chinese medicine.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-7-6 23:11
samlam: Thank you very much. You are very familiar with the traditional Chinese medicine.
My health is my responsibility, so I have had to learn about my health options while in China, many have which have shocked me, like the abuse of antibiotics through the automatic use of drips in China for minor ailments.
This over-use of such medication, and the uncontrolled unregulated use of antibiotics in food production, will have a long term disastrous effect on general health.

I also have an on-going interest in general health and well-being so knowing the source of contaminant-free food is essential wherever I am.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-7-7 15:30
I would love to know how TCM justifies the illegal killing of endangered animals for the use of their body parts when there is no scientific basis for their so-called medicinal properties.
Rhino horn - responsible for most of the poaching of rhinos
Bear paws and bile.
Tiger parts.

trade in these animal parts are illegal under CITES, yet China still tacitly encourages their use under the umbrella of 'tradition'.
Reply Report samlam 2016-7-7 19:27
BlondeAmber: I would love to know how TCM justifies the illegal killing of endangered animals for the use of their body parts when there is no scientific basis for ...
Some of the traditional medicine comes from animals . It  should be blamed to use animals. Plants are more widely used .
Reply Report samlam 2016-7-7 19:29
BlondeAmber: My health is my responsibility, so I have had to learn about my health options while in China, many have which have shocked me, like the abuse of anti ...
You should follow doctor's advice.
Reply Report samlam 2016-7-7 19:30
BlondeAmber: My health is my responsibility, so I have had to learn about my health options while in China, many have which have shocked me, like the abuse of anti ...
You should follow doctor's advice.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-7-9 16:04
samlam: You should follow doctor's advice.
Not if the doctor is so incompetent to prescribe a drip for a minor complaint, or prescribes unnecessary medication.

Chinese doctors over-use antibiotics to a horrifying degree that they will be useless within our life-time.

But I still don't understand why the other extreme of quackery is still promoted as medical solutions to dietary and other lifestyle problems.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-7-17 16:48
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/08/08/extinction-by-traditional-chinese-medicine-an-environmental-disaster/#34a3ac9139fc

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