Saturday, July 21, 2007

Traditional Asian Medicines

Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM has been long part of Asian culture in the remedy of diseases and is more than 5,000 years old and has been used through out the region. Except India, 58 percent of the region takes TCM with the highest percentage of usage found in Hong Kong with 74 percent. But through the years, The use of Chinese medicines has expanded to the west with scientist conducting test reveals that there is some ailments that current medicines has no cure for but Chinese medicines can cure.

Some commercial drugs may prove to be harmful or produce side effects when taken, so an alternative choice is using Chinese medicine which is usually made up to plants, roots and herbs and contain no chemicals that may prove to be harmful and is relatively safe even if you overdose in small doses. It's popularly used for treating coughs, colds, sore throat, back pains and indigestions. It's popularity in Asia has long been based on traditional trust or cultural faith.

There are different types of TCM that may be taken for different ailments and they may also be taken for major illnesses like certain types of cancer as a complementary medicine to other treatments and offers excellent value for your money. This is particularly true because over the counter drugs are expensive, even with generic brands. TCM offers an alternative to people who cannot afford to pay such expensive medicines. Most Asians favor ginseng and chicken essence as a way to boost energy levels and birds nest for cell regeneration although it's prohibitively expensive.

The Indian equivalent to TCM is homeopathic medicine where, according to statistics eight out of ten would use it. Homeopathic medicine is good fro chronic ailments where there are limited treatments for it and for ailments such as allergies and arthritis where there is no specific medications. homeopathic medicines treat the symptoms well and has a relatively low drug toxicity level and has far fewer side effects compared to more over the counter ones.



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