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What Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Treat?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that has been in use for thousands of years and has been able to treat millions of people all over the world.  Traditional Chinese medicine is a unique system that differs from the western medical allopathic model in a few key ways.  While the western system that is predominately used in the United States and most western countries tends to focus on the body as a system of component systems and focuses on treatment by alleviating or reversing symptoms, traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic medical system meaning that the entire person is treated, both the physical person, their mental health, and their outlook on life as well.  In addition to treating the symptoms that a patient complains about, traditional Chinese medicine will dig deep to find the root cause of a patients symptoms and then work with a variety of treatment techniques to help address the root cause, alleviating symptoms at their source rather than simply masking them.

In addition to this whole health perspective, Traditional Chinese Medicine stresses that an individual, their health, environment, and situation is unique and different from any other person.  This allows for a flexible way of treating a problem.  Traditional Chinese medicine has an axiom that states “Many Diseases, One Pathogen, One Pathogen, Many Diseases”, meaning that there can be very different reasons for two people to have similar symptoms or complaints.

Because of this unique way of looking at the body and health in general, it is possible for almost any set of symptoms and conditions to fit into the diagnostic framework of traditional Chinese medicine, allowing for a skilled practitioner to come up with an accurate differential diagnosis and develop a unique treatment plan that will be focused on both the root cause of the problem as well as the symptoms that are manifesting because of it.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and Oriental medicine (Chinese Herbal Medicine, Asian Body Work, Auricular Therapy, & Diet and Lifestyle Principles) as effective for more than 43 common ailments including the following:


Respiratory Disorders

Sinusitis, Rhinitis

Common Cold


Sore Throat

Hay Fever


Bronchial Asthma


Eye Disorders

Acute Conjunctvitis

Myopia in Children

Cataracts without complications

Central Retinitis


Mental-Emotional Disorders






Weight Control


Musculo-skeletal Disorders

Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow

Low back pain

Osteoarthritis and joint pains

Stiff neck




Injuries from auto accidents

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome



Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Acute and Chronic Gastritis



Acute uncomplicated duodenal ulcer

Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)

Acute and chronic colitis

Acute bacillary dysentery



Paralytic ileus


Neurological Disorders

Headache and Migraine


Trigeminal Neuralgia

Facial palsy (if treated within 3-6 months)

Pareses following stroke

Peripheral Neuropathies

Meniere’s Disease

Neurogenic bladder dysfunction

Nocturnal enuresis

Intercostal Neuralgia



Disorders of the Mouth


Post extraction pain


Acute and pharyngitis


Ear Disorders

Ringing in the ears


Meniere’s disease



Reproductive System Disorders


Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Irregular Menses

Menstrual Cramps

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Menopausal symptoms

Morning sickness

Urinary Incontinence



Traditional Medicine—Growing Needs and Potential, World Health Organization Policy Perspectives on Medicines; #1 May 2002 World Health Organization, Geneva

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