Who practices Traditional Chinese medicine here?

Discussion in 'Traditional Healing' started by Guitar Nado, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Guitar Nado

    Guitar Nado Valued Member

    Reading some of the posts in this thread:
    http://www.martialartsplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126276
    made me wonder who here on MAP actually practices TCM?
    How did you start?

    Myself, I have sort of mixed feeling about TCM. I am highly skeptical about the theories behind acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Despite that I think it is interesting stuff. I don't know much about it really though.

    This thread made me wonder about it. There is actually a college near me that teaches yoga, herbal healing, acupuncture, etc. as their main focus. I heard it mentioned by some folks, and it used to actually sponsor my local NPR radio station a bit- and this thread reminded me about it. They have a Doctor of Oriental Medicine program which ends up costing someone who goes through it all $91,696 (62878 pounds). Seems like an incredible amount of money for something that quite frankly probably 90% of the population in my country would find somewhat dodgy, and a lot would be openly hostile to (for purely xenophobic reasons). It's $545 (373 pounds)per credit hour, and of course they have a lot of programs in the $10,000 range that don't take as long as that program - I'm guessing a lot more students go with those.

    I wonder how many people learn Chinese herbs from Kung Fu schools and places like that - which sort of ties into the thread that got me thinking about this. I doubt many people go to a school like the one I mentioned.
     
  2. MAfreak

    MAfreak Valued Member

    don't forget that
    - endangered animals get killed for parts allegedly being aphrodisiacs and other nonsense
    - carcinogenic herbs are sold as healing herbs
    - in surveys acupuncture was almost exactly successful as placebo-therapy which can be a step forward in explaining the wonder of acupuncture...
    not sure if traditional chinese medicine is worth anything.
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2016

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