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Published on : Nov 27, 2015

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been used by the Chinese as mainstream medical treatment for thousands of years has been legalized by Beijing. The state has standardized the criteria for the treatment and pharmaceutical products to be legalized.

TCM, due to its effectiveness has much influence in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. In spite of modern Western medicine being introduced in East Asia in the 19th century, the traditional Chinese medicine has been popular till date. 

Despite the stiff competition that TCM faces from Western medicine, the traditional form of medicine holds a significant share of the Asian healthcare markets, to the extent of exporting ideas to the Western world.

For certain diseases, TCM provides better solutions that are otherwise considered to be incurable with modern Western medicine, for mental health, infertility, and menstrual difficulties.

TCM explains that the human body consists five elements: wood, earth, water, fire, and metal. The symptoms of a disease are related with an imbalance in the five elements. TCM works with the approach to regain the balance, rather than eliminating the symptoms. In other words, TCM has the approach to treat the cause of the disease. 

On the contrary, modern Western medicine does not have the approach to remove the root cause of some mental problems. Psychiatric drugs and synthetic drugs is the approach of Western medicine for the induced chemicals to influence the mental state of the patient.

Nevertheless, TCM makes the functions of the organs stronger in order to balance the chemicals. Thus, the human body can maintain the balance on its own, and not depend on external synthetic drugs that have the potential to cause a myriad side-effects.

According to TCM, the master of the liver is the element wood. In the human body, wood represents the plant-like-fiber of the human body, akin to blood vessels and nervous system.