The Chinese people have a saying: "Chinese medicine treats humans while western medicine treats diseases." Nowadays, many Chinese people do not see a conflict between western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. For example, a case of acute appendicitis would be treated with an operation to remove the appendix. However, the philosophy in Chinese medicine is to keep the body, mind and spirit in balance to prevent appendicitis. The concepts in traditional Chinese medicine involve a holistic approach that considers mental health, diet, life style, and Qi (life energy), while western medicine tends toward a more simplified cause and effect relationship wherein symptoms are treated with drugs that often have undesired side effects.
Because of its systematic approach and overall effectiveness it has for centuries had a great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still is a major part of healthcare in China, and is provided in hospitals alongside western medicine.
In the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, optimum health results from living harmoniously in balance, and ill health can occur when the natural balance of energies is disturbed and becomes unbalanced. Because healthy people can resist everyday bacteria and viruses, the most prized herbal formulas are the ones that maintain and improve overall health with no side effects. Chinese medicine targets the imbalances and disruptions in the Qi energy and via various methods, brings the body back into harmony so that it is able to heal itself.
Common indications that your body is starting to be out of balance or is already out of balance include: high stress, sleeplessness, skin issues, headaches, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, respiratory issues and gastro-intestinal. These conditions, as well as many others are regularly and successfully treated using Chinese Medicine techniques without invasive methods or unwanted side effects. Chinese Medicine works by addressing whatever the source of the imbalance might be and not just the symptom.
Another sought-after aspect of the best Chinese Medicine treatments is that they work to harmonize your condition no matter how you are out of balance. For example, there are herbal formulas that, as they balance the Qi in your body, will possibly help to balance out stress, eliminate skin issues and infuse you with energy all at the same time; this approach is used instead of the Western approach which is to have a separate treatment for each issue.
The priority of Chinese medicine is to maintain the body in balance, instead of needing to return it from a state of imbalance. Herbal formulas are one of the primary methods of keeping the body healthy, and are very popular because they have been used for thousands of years with proven success. Other methods used in Chinese medicine include acupuncture, food therapy, massage therapy, and various breathing and meditation techniques (tai chi and qi gong).