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Frequently asked questions

What can Chinese herbal medicine treat?

Theoretically, Chinese herbal medicine could treat any medical problems, but it is more suitable for management of chronic illness and for patients who do not respond to orthodox treatments. For example, a patient should seek help from Chinese herbal medicine if she or he takes medication every day or has resistance to medications. If you are getting cold more than 4 times a year, you should get help from TCM. You simply write to us or call 514 488 2095 for quick consultation, and our experience practitioner will honestly advise you if he can help you.

Are Chinese herbs safe to be used?

Certainly. Chinese herbs have been widely used in China for thousands of years. It is very safe to use Chinese herbs if they are prescribed by a licensed doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditionally, Chinese herbs are prescribed in the mixture of different raw herbs, and are brewed by patients themselves. To date, Chinese herbs are readily available in packaged patent formula, pills, powders, tea or liquid extracts.

There are some ''toxic" Chinese herbs among thousands of Chinese herbs. Those herbs have been processed and detoxed in manufactory and safe to be used if they are used properly. For example, Ma Huang, a Chinese herb, is prescribed for treating asthma and cold. It contains ephedrine that produces adrenaline-like effects. Some patients use Ma Huang for years for losing weight and have developed heart problem. It is the typical case of misuse of the herb (in terms of the length of the used) rather than the problem of herb itself.

How do I take Chinese herbs?

Traditionally, raw Chinese herbs are mixed by a practitioner, and brewed by a patient at home. To date, Chinese herbs are readily available in patented pills, concentrated powders, teas or liquid extracts. These forms of Chinese herbs are getting popular because they are easy to be taken, but are more expensive than raw herbs.

How much does it cost?

It varies based on your health issue, kinds of herbs used and dosage. Average cost for 1 week of raw herbal supply will cost from $30 to $70, however, patented herbal pills could be less expensive. The consultation fee is covered by some group or private insurance under category of naturopathy.

What is difference between allopathic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine?

While Western medicine may heroically rescue you, traditional Chinese medicine focuses on re-establishing functional harmony in order to restore your health to your body and mind. The key benefit of traditional Chinese medicine is prevention.

Comparison West medicine Traditional Chinese medicine
Features Evidence-based science
Solution for biological abnormality
Invasive intervention
Health-based science
Solution for imbalance
Non-invasive intervention
Diagnosis Biological test
Microscopy
Modern technology
Surgery
Functional changes
Subjective observation and palpation
Emotional changes
Diet evaluation
Environmental changes
Climate and seasonal changes
Treatment Chemical compounds
Surgery
Supplementary therapies such as physical and occupational therapies, psychotherapy
Chinese herbs
Minor surgery
Acupuncture
Chinese manipulation (Tuina)
Qi-Kong (Chinese meditation)
Tai Ji Quan (Chinese exercise)
Cons & Pros Pros: Precise diagnosis
Better control of acute infection
Quicker relief of symptoms
Emergency
Necessary surgery

Cons: Poor strategy of prevention
Less effective treatment for chronic diseases
Negligence of etiology such as lifestyle, nutrition, social factors
Severe side effects
Pros: Better strategy of Prevention
Holistic approach
Etiology-aware treatment plan
effective treatment for chronic diseases
Minimal side effects

Cons: Lack of microscopic diagnosis
lack of scientific evidences
Diagnosis

Both EBM and TCM have common philosophy in diagnosis: finding traits of a health problem or a disease. However, they differ in many ways and levels. EBM recognizes the existence of a health problem based on possible biochemical and mechanical changes and existence of virus or bacteria. It understands the problem at cellular and molecular levels. If there is no evidence of those changes, there is no disease. This approach is more precise but is more static view of knowing a problem, since it ignores the developmental process of a health problem in which people are disease-free but feel sick.

Traditional Chinese medicine acts on balance concept: a health problem is the result of inter-system imbalance. It is able to detect very mild imbalance and correct it at earlier stage. This approach is especially important for us to prevent some minor problems from becoming serious illness.

Treatments

Modern medicine is mainstream medicine and helps manage your health crisis well. Many research and studies lead to the cure of many human diseases. However, it is still inadequate to deal with chronic illness. The availability of treatment for many known diseases is limited. One of huge problems is severe side effects of chemical medications. In general, short-term use of chemical medications have much less and reversible side effects, but the long-term use of them cause many serious health issues. Moreover, medications are seldom able to reverse the pathological process of many disease.

TCM has gained great popularity over past 4 decades due to its efficacy, mild side effects and holistic approach. Unlike EBM, TCM treats a patient as whole person by integrating emotion, environmental changes and lifestyle into treatment plan. This holistic approach helps the practitioner address the root of a health problem rather than clinical symptoms only. TCM develops its own diagnostic techniques to detect early signs of a health issue, and intervenes in early stage of a health problem.