As of now, there are now about 30,000 licensed chinese medicine practitioners in the US. This growth is most likely a reflection of acupuncture, which is also used concurrently with medical practices across the country. These referrals from primary care physicians is what is opening people’s eyes to alternative forms of treatment. If you are suffering from chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, or even cancer, Chinese medicine is definitely worth a try. Specifically in cancer, patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation often suffer from awful side effects, like numbness of their extremities. Acupuncture has been proven to help in these situations, and has even promoted the importance of taking less medication.
Chinese medicine is a great alternative to the sometimes toxic effects of western medicine that relies on pharmaceutical medications. Herbal supplements are the foundation of Chinese medicine, and Chinese herbs are milder. Another bonus, is that the herbs can be combined with certain pharmaceutical medications. Various journals have focused on the positive effect of Chinese herbal medications, when used in conjunction with western medications for liver cirrhosis, arthritis, and cancer. It is still important for you to let your doctor/practitioner know the names of all of the herbal supplements, and medications that you are taking. Especially, if you are having surgery, because a lot of these herbal supplements can have an adverse reaction with anesthesia.
The bottom line is that some people in the medical field try and keep herbal medicine and western medicine as separate entities. To be completely honest, they are selling themselves short, because when both are combined together, the patient will undoubtedly have better results. And at the end of the day, a holistically healthy and happy you is what we strive to achieve!