Traditional Chinese Medicine
Over the years I have seen traditional Chinese medicine increasing in popularity people are increasing looking for alternatives to conventional medicine.
I go to my local high street and I see some Chinese herbal shops and a few acupuncture clinics that weren't there a few years ago.
Some people think this is a fad for younger people, but the truth is I know some older people who are very set in their ways trying the modalities in traditional Chinese medicine because conventional medicine isn't working for them.
The good thing is though that TCM can work hand in hand in with conventional medicine.
I was surprised to find that Chinese herbalism, acupuncture, dietary therapy and Qigong are offered at a NHS gateway clinic in my local borough of Lambeth.
In practice I suspect it wouldn't be easy to get to these services due to the length of the waiting lists, also in most cases the general practitioner will not suggest such services, and you'll have to ask for it.
The services offered are not well publicized though, how can you ask for a service which you think isn't even an option for you? This is something that should be readdressed.
Politically China and America may not be best buddies but certainly this hasn't stopped the widespread popularity of TCM in the states. In 2008 America and China signed an agreement signed an agreement to cooperate in the scientific research of TCM.
One of the big problems that American patients face is that there are a lot of health insurance that will not cover many of the modalities in TCM.
The health insurance companies say that there is too little evidence that they work. This is a catch 22 situation because how can evidence be provided if there is little or no research going on to develop the evidence?
As much as three million Australians visits traditional Chinese practitioners every year yet despite this Medicare, Australia's health care system does not cover the cost of any Chinese medicine practices.
As you can imagine many Australians are not happy about this, just like Americans it is a case of if you cannot afford it you cannot have that service.
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