So that I don't get in trouble from the copyright police please read WebMD's article at (http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/chinese-medicine-topic-overview?page=1)
It's interesting that they refer to TCM (a form of medicine that has been used for over 4000 years) as a "belief". As if it is not a true form of medicine. They do however, admit that it is gaining in popularity in the west. One point for them. In their statement "Chinese medicine doctors look at the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore qi, the yin-yang balance, and good health." Without explaining that it is an involved art and science. In other words each person is considered as a whole and not just parts. One thin effects another! I seem to remember way back when, when I was a child that we had a general practice doctor that knew everything about our family and life too. In other words TCM focuses on maintaining health and then on healing and curing a disease process once it is identified. With me they quite literally rolled back the clock and corrected almost all of the challenges I faced after my stroke and reigned in my hypertension so that it is rare for me to need medication.
I know hundreds of doctors personally and practiced in the US medical system for years before heading to China and after every meeting I had with them I was encouraged to except myself as I was and be content with the challenges that remained after the stroke.
WebMD stats, "Promising results have been found for the use of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, postsurgery pain, and pregnancy" an "Acupuncture also may be useful for other conditions such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. In general, acupuncture is safe when done by a certified acupuncturist. The treatment can be expensive and time-consuming."
I would agree that TCM is slower because it is promoting healing and can be very expensive in the US but here in China the cost is extremely reasonable. As long as TCM is limited in its ability to be practiced in the US I guess I'll be helping people to get access to the best treatments here in China.