Chinese medicine - that's the spirit!

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 April, 2011, 12:00am


In the past few decades, traditional Chinese medicine has become increasingly popular. People around the world are interested in the mysteries of Chinese herbs and tonics. Many turn to Chinese therapy when they are unwell.

As a Chinese person, I do think that Chinese therapy is better than Western treatments in some aspects. For example, in Chinese therapy, natural ingredients such as herbs and fruits are used. This means there are fewer side-effects than with the chemicals of Western medicine.

Although it takes longer for patients to recover if they use Chinese medicine, they will gradually develop a stronger spirit after the treatment. It is believed that using Eastern therapy will be an even more popular trend soon.

Alma Lai

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Alma. It is wonderful that we are in a position to take advantage of both Western and Chinese medicine. There are many stories about people who have found relief from Chinese medicine after giving up Western treatments.

However, we must remember that 'natural' does not always equate to 'harmless'. There are many natural things in the world that are extremely harmful to us.

What has happened in Western medicine is that medicine itself has become stable. Long ago, Western doctors also used herbs and other natural ingredients. But, as you may well know, herbs picked in one area at a certain time of the year can differ significantly from those picked elsewhere at a different time. So Western pharmacists began to standardise medicine. They know exactly how much of an active ingredient is in a particular drug. That way they have better control over what the patient gets.

People making medicine out of herbs could make them strong or weak and the dosage would vary a lot. So both forms of medicine have their advantages and disadvantages.

Susan, Editor