As a complementary medical system to Western medicine, experts from Zhejiang University and China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine claim that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) provides a unique theoretical and practical approach to the treatment of diseases over thousands of years. Confronted with the increasing popularity of TCM and the huge volume of TCM data, historically accumulated and recently obtained, there is an urgent need to explore these resources effectively.
Professor Pengjian adds that chinese medicine puts the occurrence of diseases, climatic changes, environmental variations, emotional fluctuations, imbalance of diet and life, and the disorder of sex life together. That is, the so-called Three Pathogens Theory. This etiology doctrine that is built on the basis of the macro methodology is entirely different from that of Western medicine which is on the basis of the microscopic and pathologic anatomy. But it is exactly a biological, psychological, social and new medical model that Western medicine is attempting to pursue. While Chinese medicine established its own system with this medical model about 2000 years ago.
Chinese medicine treats diseases mainly with prescription and acupuncture. Acupuncture is used as a non-medication therapy, whose side effects are slight in an acknowledged way. Chinese medicine is mainly from the original medications of nature. Most of them are not only without toxicity or side effects, but also through processing, especially in accordance with the principle of “monarch, minister, assistant and envoy” combined into a prescription, TCM upholds “prescription corresponding with the disease” as the basic idea of treatment based on syndrome differentiation, and “balancing, uprighting and eliminating the pathogens” as the principle of applying the prescription to play an integrated role in the body. This way can cure diseases and rarely cause side effects. TCM never simply combats poison with poison.
In short, Western medicine has absolute advantages in the medical fields like surgery, diagnosis of organic diseases, first aid, prevention of spreading of epidemic conditions, and life-sustaining activities in the need of modern science and technology to support. While in the treatment of chronic inflammation, chronic pains, functional disorders, endocrine disorders, viral diseases, hyperplastic diseases, degenerative diseases, senile diseases, commonly-encountered clinical syndromes, sub-health state of the human body, and difficult health problems, Chinese medicine takes the unparalleled advantages.
- Yi Feng, Zhaohui Wu, Xuezhong Zhou, Zhongmei Zhou, Weiyu Fan, 22 August 2006, Knowledge discovery in traditional Chinese medicine: State of the art and perspectives, Science Direct. Retrieved: 18 December 2011. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0933365706001047
- Professor Pengjian (Translated by Dr.Zhu Ming and Yuan yuying), February 3, 2009 , The Advantages of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Current Medical Field, Chinese Medical Hospital for Chronic And Difficult Diseases. Retrived: 16 December 2011. http://www.tcmtreatment.com/tcm-teaching/advantages-tcm.htm