Why should I study Traditional Chinese Medicine?
In recent years, with the increasing interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine all over the world, the top international medical journals have published a lot of research showing the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of major and severe diseases.
The World Health Organization has incorporated TCM diseases and syndromes into the latest revised edition of the International Classification of Diseases. Traditional Chinese medicine, such as Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Massage, will play an increasingly important role in the health care system of developed countries and will provide good career opportunities for people who value human health and are aiming at improving modern medical care.
Cure or prevent?
An important trend in the development of contemporary health care is to return to nature. People feel the need to relieve their pain, strengthen the body and reduce the side effects of medicines through natural methods, as a supplement to modern western medicine. Moreover, TCM can play an important role in maintaining health as TCM “treats no disease”. The idea of preventing disease, not treating it, is a basic principle of Traditional Chinese medicine. TCM, with a history of thousands of years, has been proven safe and effective through extensive scientific research and experiments. As such TCM can be a good addition to modern medicine for the benefit of more and more people.
In addition to supporting health and treating diseases, learning Traditional Chinese Medicine is also conducive to personal happiness. To learn TCM is to follow the Tao. Different from western science, traditional Chinese medicine puts Nature, Yin-Yang, and Qi into consideration and values the harmonious integration of human and nature. The deeper understanding of these laws of nature will considerably contribute to the understanding of oneself. It makes people calm, quiet and peaceful so that they can enjoy a fulfilling and joyful life.
Scope of TCM
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an essential part of general traditional medicine, which has been in use since over 3000 years. It has made outstanding contributions to human health and is loved by more and more countries and people. Currently, 15 countries and regions have legalized traditional Chinese medicine or Acupuncture. There are more than 1 million professional Chinese medicine acupuncturists, more than 50 Universities or Colleges of TCM, more than 1500 private TCM training institutions, and more than 200 TCM or Acupuncture research institutions in the world. Being safe, effective and cheap, traditional medicine has been widely used and valued all over the world. The global market for traditional medicine amounts to US $173 billion. More than 60% of the population in many countries use traditional medicine. The European Union also issued the traditional Medicine Law in 2004, which provides a legal basis for traditional medicines, including traditional Chinese medicine products. China and the European Union are also strengthening cooperation in the field of traditional Chinese medicine.
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