Introducing Traditional Chinese Medicine into Western Health Care
If Tom Cruise were to make a movie with Jackie Chan, we would vote to call it “Mission Possible”. When the remarkable abilities of the West and the East are combined, it creates a powerful duo that can defeat anything that causes big trouble, especially when it comes to your health and well-being.
The commitment to bring the life-enhancing combination of Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine to as many of you as possible has led Dr. Oz to partner with Dr. Anlong Xu, President of Beijing Chinese Medicine University. and editor. from the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences. Their new book “Yin Yang You” takes you into the sometimes mysterious world of TCM and offers practical ideas and advice that will broaden your horizons and improve your health.
So, let’s take a quick tour of TCM and find out what it can do for you, on its own or in combination with Western medicine. After all, it’s not one or the other. It’s pretty much with. It is the balance that characterizes the yin / yang.
Is the TCM up to date? Although TCM is based on centuries (heck, millennia) of ancient ideas, the therapies are not outdated. TCM remedies and techniques often provide straightforward solutions to 21st century health issues such as fatigue, gastrointestinal upset, depression / anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, sleep disturbances, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. TCM also addresses quality of life issues, such as pain management, achieving holistic balance, and longevity. Take the practice of acupuncture and TCM acupressure, for example. Stimulating targeted points with acu needles along meridians where your vital energy (qi) flows – or gets stuck – can improve many health issues. You can even use TCM pressure points at home for headache and anxiety relief.
Why does western medicine have an interest in partnering with TCM? Western medicine has given us incredible advancements in everything from diagnostic machines and antibiotics, to cutting-edge research and the wow-oh-wow possibilities to extend longevity. We are living longer and better thanks to these modern innovations. Yet Western medicine is often more effective at treating disease than preventing it. Case in point: A recent Harris poll found that only 17% of Americans say they are in excellent health. But that could change drastically if people integrate East and West in their quest for a positive quality of life.
Should you try TCM?
1. Yes, if you want to prevent ill health and avoid common chronic diseases and conditions – and Western treatments for them. TCM is especially beneficial if you are at high risk for an inherited disease, live in an industrial pollution area, have a sedentary lifestyle, or have a diet packed with ultra-processed fast food. It offers a combination of improved lifestyle choices in nutrition and physical activity, as well as ways to change your outlook using treatments that affect your mind, emotions, and balance.
2. Yes, if you have a “gray” symptom. Feeling out of balance and a little worried about your health, but not sure what’s going on? If you have symptoms that make you feel “not quite right,” TCM is worth a look.
3. Yes, if Western medicine isn’t working as well as you expected. TCM can solve very tangible and acute problems, whether you have a rash, a headache, or high blood pressure.
4. Yes, if you have a DIY philosophy on health care. While you need Western healthcare professionals for many treatments – from life-saving stents to cancer treatments and surgery – there are many things you can and should do on your own to recover or maintain your health. TCM gives you many possibilities to do this, using herbal remedies and physical treatments.
If these concepts have piqued your curiosity about TCM and you want to learn more about it, check out a copy of “Yin Yang You, Biohacking with Ancient Codes”. You can try their home remedies and recipes and see what a TCM practitioner can do for you. Then improving health and well-being will become your possible mission!
Mehmet Oz, MD is the host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, MD is Director of Wellness Emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic. To live your best, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit sharecare.com.
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