Thousands of years after its inception, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is once again being embraced by people looking for a gentler, less invasive—and, in some cases, more effective—alternative to Western medicine.
HOLISTIC APPROACH. Based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese philosophy, TCM sees the body as a small universe of interconnected systems, each fueled by a life force called qi (pronounced “chee”). When these systems fall out of balance, the symptoms of disease arise. Using acupuncture, herbs, massage, and other therapies, TCM practitioners manipulate qi to treat your symptoms and correct imbalances in body, mind, and spirit. TCM can be used to care for virtually any health complaint—from allergies and back pain to high blood pressure and digestive disorders—or as a complement to conventional medicine, with almost no side effects.
STUDIES ROLL IN. Science is now starting to back TCM’s efficacy, especially acupuncture: Several studies have shown that it can match or beat conventional pain-relieving methods. Last year, for example, researchers at Duke University found acupuncture was more effective than medication at relieving many types of chronic headaches—62 percent of those using acupuncture reported relief, compared to only 45 percent of people relying on pills. The California State Oriental Medical Association now estimates that more than 15 million Americans use acupuncture yearly.
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