Many people with long-term disease turn to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treatment. In the western world, TCM is often considered “complementary” medicine.
In mainland China, Taiwan and other areas with Chinese origin, TCM is widely considered an integral part of the healthcare system and is often used as a primary form of medicine.
In the United States, TCM is a popular complementary medicine (CM) therapy among people with long-term disease. TCM uses nutrition, acupuncture, heat therapies (such as moxibustion), exercise, massage, meditation, and herbal medicine to treat people long-term disease. Chinese medicine asserts that the body itself is the major healing force. Medications and procedures can help the body heal, but they cannot replace the healing function of the body. In treating long-term disease, Chinese medicine focuses on normalizing the functions of major organs and restoring overall health to strengthen the body’s immune functions. As the body becomes stronger, the disease itself can be controlled and the body can return to balance.