An article by Tracey Goulding on treating depression using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This article highlights the importance of emotions in illness and how a Chinese Medical diagnosis can treat both the mind and body. The article describes the typical advice given by a Chinese Medical practitioner, which can include lifestyle and dietary advice. Depression is a difficult condition to treat, Chinese Medicine offers a complementary or even alternative choice, to anti-depressants and extensive counselling.
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The goal of conventional medicine is, of course, to cure disease. But because it has a clear target to focus on, it sometimes overlooks the bigger picture; the patient’s experience of disease. Goleman in Emotional Intelligence suggests that both physicians and patients often ignore how they are reacting emotionally to their medical problems and medical interventions. They think that the mind can influence the body in only the most inconsequential way. But in psycho-emotional illnesses such as depression, maintaining the link between the mind and the body is even more important. For practitioners of Chinese Medicine, where emotions and health are interlinked, this dichotomy is seen all too often. The following case of a patient illustrates the effects of this separation and its consequences.
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An article by Tracey Goulding on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Diabetes published in Diabetes News. This article explores some of the research on the effectiveness of TCM, with a specific focus on acupuncture, at treating blood sugar levels and the consequences of diabetes, such as diabetic neuropathy. Research suggests that the best results are obtained for treating mild to moderate Type II diabetes.
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Years of research into the causes of diabetes and its progression, has highlighted the complex nature of the disease. It has a multitude of possible causes and of interlinking complex biochemical imbalances that continue its effects. Consequently, the conventional medical approach of using insulin or other drugs to treat diabetes, where lifestyle/diet changes are not enough, is often inadequate and does not fully protect the person from long-term, life-threatening complications arising. This is what makes the approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to disease so relevant. It takes a holistic view of disease, rooted in each individual’s own emotions, physiology and lifestyle.Download a PDF of the article Traditional Chinese Medicine and Diabetes