Eastern Traditional & Alternative Healing


Dr. Linda Page of Healthy Healing presented a short background on History of Traditional Chinese Medicine.[1]

Other Healing Traditions

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Research & General Acceptance

Nowadays, traditional Chinese medicine have regained acceptance in societies all over the world. Over 100 have been tested and proven effective by the standards of Western science among the 700 herbal remedies used by traditional Chinese practitioners. At present, Chinese herbal medicine including acupuncture and Tui na massage are being investigated by numerous United State agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Alternative Medicine, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In most cases, however, Western studies of Chinese medicine focus on the effects of traditional treatments and the cause of those effects, thus trying to adjust Chinese medicine within the Western framework of strict physical measurements and scientific hypotheses.
While the use of traditional Chinese medicine has increased progressively in the West, a lot of allopathic physicians have needed to learn the intricacies of the practice and to learn how to handle the unfavorable reactions to herbal remedies. In 2002, a project was started in order to develop Chinese herbal medicine toxicology database to share information about English and Chinese studies on Chinese herbal medicines. The goal of the project was to help doctors in Western hospitals better handle poisonings or unfavorable reactions to Chinese medicines.

Chinese Traditional Medicine in the West
For some time, the scientific community in the West was skeptical on the traditional remedies in the East. The West could not accept the claim of the East without objective scientific evaluation. In recent decades though, there has been a healthy crossover from Western biomedicine to Chinese traditional medicine. Pharmacologically, the cross-fertilization came sooner. Aspirin, one of the West’s popular pain-relieving compounds, for example, has its origin in a tree bark.
Biomedicine is increasingly seeking to traditional medicines for possible solutions to some of the intractable chronic illnesses. Life expectancies are lengthening, and thus chronic illnesses are increasing as well. While environment-related diseases grow and lifestyle-related illnesses become more rampant, Chinese traditional medicine, which takes a more holistic view of health and has had thousands of years of observed successes, should offer different approaches to the treatment of diseases and advice for health preservation and promotion.
At the end of the twentieth century there was an outbreak of interest in herbs as food supplements for better health. This interest was promoted by the trend of self-help for better health. For example, Ginseng is an herb that is widely accepted as an agent to help fight cancer as well as to add vitality of life.Though many Chinese herbal medicines have proven to be effective, quality and dosage control still is a vital consideration.[2]


Classification of Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine


Ayurveda originated from India in the 10th century BC, but its present form was redefined between the period of 5th century BC to the 5th century AD. The term Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words, "Ayur" which means life, and "veda" which means science or knowledge. So the literal translation of Ayurveda means the "science of life".[3]



  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQHgQzCxrOw&NR=1
  2. ^ Traditional Chinese Medicine (2009) Answers Corporation. Retrieved January 4, 2010, from http://www.answers.com/topic/traditional-chinese-medicine
  3. ^ Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine: A Worldwide Review, page 2. (2001) World Health Organization. Retrieved December 25, 2009 from the online website of the World Health Organization, http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_EDM_TRM_2001.2.pdf