Chinese Medicine, which stretches back at least
2,500 years, is currently used by 1/4 of the world's population.
One could say that modern Western and traditional Chinese medicines
are the two dominant medical systems in the world today.
In fact, when one combines the benefits of both, he/she can obtain
the widest range of health benefits. For example, Chinese herbs and
acupuncture may make it possible (w/ your M.D.'s permission) to
take a lower dosage of modern medicines, to reduce their side
effects, and/or to obtain an overall better effect. Acupuncture can
also work to help prevent disease and maintain health in order to
avoid extensive procedures and surgeries later on.
Whereas modern drugs and procedures may provide better emergency
relief for serious conditions and traumas, acupuncture can enhance
the healing process once these conditions are stable, as well as
treat a variety of problems that either arent' so well defined in
Western medicine or aren't so effectively treated.