Thursday, 31 March 2016
Is TCM an effective pain remedy?
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a broad term that covers a range of complementary therapies that have been practiced in China for thousands of years.
TCM can refer to therapies like massage, herbal medicines and acupuncture, and many people who are in pain have tried TCM, especially in Asian countries like China, Singapore and Indonesia. But it’s also gaining fans outside of Asia, like in Australia and in the United Kingdom, as people become more open-minded about complementary therapies.
While the main TCM philosophy of restoring the right balance of yin and yang in the body isn’t backed by Western science, is there any scientific evidence that says TCM can help people in pain? And what are the risks you should be aware of if you’re considering TCM?