Generally speaking, Western Medicine certainly has its benefits and is good for treating acute illness while Chinese Medicine is good for treating chronic illness or general health.
But there are three things that Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer you that - for the most part - Western Medicine doesn't.
And how effective is it really?
You'll be pleased to know the World Health Organisation acknowledges scientific evidence of TCM’s effectiveness for:
If you'd like to know more about how TCM can help you with any of these conditions, just shout!
In a perfect world, conceiving a child when a couple is ready should be a straightforward matter.
But according to studies, 12 to 15 per cent of couples are unable to conceive due to fertility issues after a year of having unprotected sex
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has transitioned from an “alternative therapy” to a more commonly accepted option for treating common natural fertility issues, when administered by qualified and highly experienced practitioners .
Studies like a 2017 paper published by the Journal of Integrative Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal by Shanghai Changhai Hospital in China, have also shown that co-treating conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with TCM is more effective than receiving only Western medical treatments.
If you are looking for help with your fertility journey and think TCM could help you, make sure you consult a practitioner who is trained to provide the most effective TCM for fertility methods that complement — and not counteract — any ongoing Western treatments.
If you'd like to know more - in confidence - just drop me a message.
In Chinese medicine, Ginger - 生姜 or Sheng Jiang - is a common ingredient in many healing herbal formulas - and you've probably got a jar of it on your spice rack right now.
Ginger is a wonderful herb - not only does it taste great in whatever recipe you originally bought the jar for, it's also one of the healthiest herbs on the planet.
It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Here are some things that you should know about ginger and ways you can use it at home:
Want to add this hard-working herb to your kitchen cupboard? Ginger is as close as your nearest grocery store.
Raw ginger root is found in the produce section, for ginger powder, look in the spice section of the same store, and look for pickled ginger in jars in the Asian foods aisle!
Matthew Jackson (BSc (Hons) Ost, Dip Ac/CHM (China), Pg Dip CHM (OB/GYN), Pg Cert US (MSK) MRCHM, BMUS) is a herbalist, osteopath and acupuncturist with a busy practice in the west of England.