What is the difference between Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Medicine?
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The herbs can be the same, and they also use ones not as familiar in the west. the main difference is in ayurvedic and traditional chinese medicine is the herbs are thought about with certain healing properties,and they are put together in well balanced formulas to keep the body well , heal, and prevent side effects......because it is all in balance and works with the body.
The problem comes in when the westerners do not understand or think the same way in healing, and they dont know how to test the methods used, or claim not to know. The trials they conduct are usually on one herb at a time, and they tear it all down, looking for an 'active' ingrediant'. Most of the trials are not conducted in a way that the exerts know will prove they work, and instead botch most of the research. Most herbs and herbal formulas are not tested because it would take millions of dollars to conduct the tests /trials correctly and big pharma is the main source of money to run drug trials.
The herbal and other trials are not conducted in the same way a practioner of quality would treat with them.
Sometimes it is the synergenic action that does the healing , and western 'scientific' method doesnt know what to do with that. Still there are over 1500 herbs and alternative means that have been 'ok'd' through the FDA and deemed to have healing properties.
There are entire groups of physicians and investors that are always looking for the next 'miracle' herb from around the world.........then they tear it down and mess it up.They also cant make any money on it, so big pharma , instead make drugs out of some of them.....drugs are usually from herbs, or synthetic. But drugs are not in balance, with the principles of healing from an eastern perspective, and always cause side effects and danger., for other parts of the body.
The usa is one of the few places that do not train their doctors in eastern and western medical views. All asian doctors are taught both east and western medicine.And I have known herbalists that have cured many many illnesses using herbs alone, including cancers. Each case is individual and should be treated as such, using the best medicine for that situation.
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