#11 – Traditional Chinese Medicine

I believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is something well worth exploring. There are centuries of knowledge and research that have contributed to the remedies that have been developed.  It would be a disservice on my part to even try and summarize the premise, philosophies or practices that support TCM.  I won’t even try to scratch the surface in this area, but rather use this blog entry to acknowledge the scope and range of herbal remedies that have been in use by practitioners of TCM.  In future posts I hope to cover a couple of very specific TCM remedies or herbal supports since they have been proposed for use by my husband.  There is a multitude of information available online that considers the TCM approach to immune system issues and disorders as well as specific diseases.  There are also a number of TCM dispensaries scattered around the country and likely one in your area.

If the TCM approach interests you, you may benefit greatly from locating a licenced practitioner and speaking directly with them.  Gather your information (things such as: qualifications of the practitioner, licences held, ingredients, source of the ingredients, dosage, preparation, cost, duration of treatment, anticipated outcome, studies, testimonials, etc.) before you commit to any purchases. The practitioner will ask you questions to identify all your symptoms and particular health concerns and develop a remedy tailored to your needs.  They may likely and understandably expect you to purchase the proposed remedy from them.  That’s why it is so important to know who you are dealing with and what they are selling (especially if you have any allergies or sensitivities).  Use your own good judgement to determine if this is the right course of action for you.   Again, should you determine that you wish to use TCM then this is something that you should discuss with your oncologist, especially if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation – a well informed team is in your best interests.

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