TCM – Individualized Medicine
Each person exhibits an individual bodily reaction to external and internal disease sources. One example is the individual reaction to stress. While one person may get stomach aches, another will have trouble sleeping and a third may be irritable. Differing manners of reaction of this type can, for instance, also be determined in connection with infectious diseases. One patient might develop diarrhea as a reaction to a slightly poor diet or unwashed fruit, while another will have no problems tolerating any type of food. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) takes these individual reactions of the body into consideration. Each person is perceived as an individual and receives individual therapy. So even in the case of the same illness, different treatments are prescribed for different patients.
Organic bodily disturbances are preceded by shorter or longer phases of disturbed functions, sometimes lasting for years. For complaints of this type, however, western high-tech and laboratory diagnostics often cannot identify abnormalities and thus have only limited capability to provide causal therapy. This is the strong point of Chinese diagnostics which can determine imbalances on the basis of vegetative functions and provide focused instructions for the therapy..
Even when organs have already been damaged it may be possible to achieve a considerable reduction of the symptoms by influencing vegetative functions, perhaps in combination with western therapies. Even in the case of very severe illnesses or intervening therapies – like chemotherapy for cancer, for instance – a considerable reduction of symptoms and side-effects can be achieved using the methods of TCM.
TCM methods may also contribute considerably to disease prevention. On the one hand, imbalances in bodily functions can be recognized at an early stage by way of Chinese diagnostics. On the other, severe illnesses or their chronicity may be prevented by early treatment. This corresponds to the traditional responsibility of Chinese doctors to act primarily to prevent illness.