Many people still doubt traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). There have always been myths and misconceptions surrounding the medical art form. Here is a list of the most common myths and misconceptions about traditional Chinese medicine in Singapore and overseas.
#1 TCM is Unregulated
Several organisations regulate acupuncturists and TCM practitioners in Singapore and overseas. Like Western medicine, TCM practitioners must also complete education requirements, pass certification and licensure exams and complete training. Before choosing a regular provider, do your homework and consider compatibility alternatives, just like you would with any other doctor.
#2 Acupuncture: Painful and Not as Effective
Acupuncture uses needles, which leads many to assume it would be unpleasant. They are roughly the thickness of human hair, and while you may feel them entering, they are not painful. Acupuncture can help alleviate common symptoms like chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Many clinics also use acupuncture as an aid for fertility.
#3 Ingredients are Exotic
People often associate TCM with alien components that are unapproachable or unattractive. Acupuncture, herbal medications, massage, lifestyle modifications, exercise, and food are part of Chinese medicine’s holistic approach to the body and energy. You can find many herbal cures in your kitchen.
#4 TCM is Outdated
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are two of the most extensively studied treatments. The overall industry growth rate has increased immensely. According to the CDC, people spend $33.9 billion out-of-pocket spending on alternative medicine and self-care.
#5 TCM is Expensive
The cost of traditional Chinese medicine in Singapore and overseas is decreasing every day. Practitioners seek to make it more affordable for people. Acupuncture is currently covered by many health insurance policies, especially when the primary treatment choice for a problem. Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners are now primary care providers.
Thomson Chinese Medicine works hard to give you the knowledge to make the best healthcare decisions for yourself. The TCM clinic Singapore was founded in 2009 to help fertility patients undergoing IVF. They provide care and treatment for their patients’ diverse medical needs. They base their therapeutic strategy on the Traditional Chinese Medicine concept that healing begins with knowing one’s own body.