Complementary/Alternative Medicine: Traditional Chinese

Complementary/Alternative Medicine: Traditional Chinese

Nearly half the US populations turns to complementary, alternative and integrative practices to maintain or improve their health. Beverly Burns of UCSF’s Osh…
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Video 30 in the Introduction to Ethnobotany series. Presented by Y. Han Lau. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was developed over three thousand years ago. …

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  1. 知+日=智(zhi) knowledge on top sun below, means radiant conscious intelligence.
    丰+丰+手+心=慧 (hui) 2 harvests on top hand in middle mind below, means the harvest of deeper wisdom and ability for being aware of the unconscious or self-nature.
    艹+樂=藥(yao) grass on top music below, means herbs, 樂(le) means music and joy, heavenly harmonious music is the best medicine.
    音+心=意 (yi) music on top heart or mind below, thought frequency, means intention.

  2. The 21st century is the century of rapid decline for Europe and America, and rapid revitalization of China, India and Brazil. It is the century of traditional Chinese culture, Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts. A comprehensive Chinese cultural renaissance is underway, while economy, technology, military, politics and so on are only the means of cultural renaissance, they are small skills to carve the mighty dragon, not the purpose.

  3. Vaccines are free? Well the government requires a budget for public healthcare. And where does this budget come from mate? Exactly, taxpayers. It seems you don’t really know how things work. I’m just wasting my energies here. Peace

  4. Your case on money, most flu shots are offered for free. I got mine for free. If you cannot afford vaccines, there are programs that will offer vaccines for free.

    Your case that it’s clear that AIDS is a man-made disease… well you didn’t really provide a case for that. I realize that you are a conspiracy theorist.

    Stop attacking vaccines and disease as the problem. It’s not. The disease is real; the vaccines are lifesaving. The real problem is that some medicine is overpriced due to IP laws.

  5. Try looking at it from a different perspective. What if these diseases were man-made? Is there an incentive to do this, to make money perhaps? Create the disease and provide a cure, at a cost. It’s clear AIDS is a man-made disease, why could this not be the case for other dis-eases?

  6. Formaldehyde is produced naturally in the human body, the small amount found in vaccines will not do much. The formaldehyde is used to inactivate pathogens so the vaccine works. Thiomersal (tested to be safe in vaccines) is used as a preservative to make sure that the vaccine isn’t contaminated with fungus or bacteria. People died from a vaccine that didn’t contain thiomersal because the vaccine was contaminated.

    If you’ve heard of polio, or small pox you’ll see that vaccines are important.

  7. There’s no controversy about it, there shouldn’t be mercury in vaccines. Go break open a thermometer and drink it, see what happens. That’s one thing, what about the formaldehydes and its derivatives? Science has been proven to be wrong many times, and one point scientists thought the world was flat. We are born to survive, we don’t need man-made rubbish going in to our bodies. If we go back to nature we will live a healthy life.

  8. Splurta, what you are referring to is the thiomersal controversy. The controversy that vaccines containing mercury would case brain dysfunction and lead to diseases like autism. Scientific testing has proved this claim to be false. Vaccines are probably the most life saving things to come into existence for humanity.

    There is a positive correlation between the number of children being vaccinated and the number of cases of brain diseases. However, remember, correlation does not prove causation.

  9. If you are actually interested in it you will go and do your own reserach instead of me feeding it to you just so you can dismiss it. Actually I am here today, so rethink that statement please.

  10. If you hadn’t received vaccination as a child you probably wouldn’t even be here today to write nonsese like this on your keyboard. Vaccination has saved countless human/infant lives and we should be thankful that it was invented.

    Also, give me a credible link to your ridiculous claim of “aborted fetal tissue” lol.

  11. vaccines contain mercury, formaldehyde and its derivatives, and aborted fetal tissue. This is even stated on certain vaccine manufacturers websites. Now for a real example, over the winter 5 people that I knew got flu shots and me and a few others in the family didn’t. They ALL got sick and none of us did. Allopathic medicine is just a money making industry. If it really cured you, would you come back and spend more of your money?

  12. Here’s one more statistic for you, buddy: 100% of people who have died breathed air, making air the #1 cause of human mortality.

    STOP being a dumbass and pulling nonsensical statistics out of your ass.

  13. If it is real medicine, maybe someone could prove it under scientific testing and then collect the James Randi foundation 1 million dollar award.

    Oh that’s right. They won’t because they can’t. :P

  14. This is exactly why Western Medicine is superior to Chinese medicine – I would definitely not trust something that is 2000 years old and would rather place my trust that has been invented recently, in the age of critical thinking, scientific peer-reviewing, and modern equipment.

    Without Western medicine, there would be no vaccinations – your own health, mat888tam, can be attributed to the labours of western medicine. If you werent vaccinated as a kid, you probably wouldnt even be here today.

  15. When you have appendicitis, do you go to the traditional chinese physician or the local emergency room? There are things that Western medicine is clearly better at than traditional chinese medicine (TCM). The few things that western medicine is deficient are things like chronic back pain or poor digestion. In those cases, because there are no effective treatments, it would be wise to seek TCM. But I think everyone agrees, first go see your doctor.

  16. You’ve nicely employed the logical fallacies, ‘argument from antiquity’ and ‘the naturalistic fallacy’ in the space of a couple of sentences. Old doesn’t mean useful and natural is just a label that’s used to convince the credulous that what they are taking will have no side effects. Many poisons are natural and blood letting is an ancient tradition too. I’d advise neither.

  17. This lady is so well spoken I almost forgot she is american. I know you yanks dont have history books as most were burnt but you have to realise how inteligent the chinese are and the fact they can be traced some six thousand years. It is no utopia they may have there problems but what society hasnt? Too all americans please dont let your nieve opinions leak onto the internet polluting my social environment. You are fast becoming the most dislike culture on the planet.

  18. 知+日=智(zhi) knowledge on top sun below, means radiant conscious intelligence.
    丰+丰+手+心=慧 (hui) 2 harvests on top hand in middle mind below, means the harvest of deeper wisdom and ability for being aware of the unconscious or self-nature.
    艹+樂=藥(yao) grass on top music below, means herbs, 樂(le) means music and joy, heavenly harmonious music is the best medicine.
    音+心=意 (yi) music on top heart or mind below, thought frequency, means intention.

  19. The 21st century is the century of rapid decline for Europe and America, and rapid revitalization of China, India and Brazil. It is the century of traditional Chinese culture, Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts. A comprehensive Chinese cultural renaissance is underway, while economy, technology, military, politics and so on are only the means of cultural renaissance, they are small skills to carve the mighty dragon, not the purpose.

  20. Vaccines are free? Well the government requires a budget for public healthcare. And where does this budget come from mate? Exactly, taxpayers. It seems you don’t really know how things work. I’m just wasting my energies here. Peace

  21. Your case on money, most flu shots are offered for free. I got mine for free. If you cannot afford vaccines, there are programs that will offer vaccines for free.

    Your case that it’s clear that AIDS is a man-made disease… well you didn’t really provide a case for that. I realize that you are a conspiracy theorist.

    Stop attacking vaccines and disease as the problem. It’s not. The disease is real; the vaccines are lifesaving. The real problem is that some medicine is overpriced due to IP laws.

  22. Try looking at it from a different perspective. What if these diseases were man-made? Is there an incentive to do this, to make money perhaps? Create the disease and provide a cure, at a cost. It’s clear AIDS is a man-made disease, why could this not be the case for other dis-eases?

  23. Formaldehyde is produced naturally in the human body, the small amount found in vaccines will not do much. The formaldehyde is used to inactivate pathogens so the vaccine works. Thiomersal (tested to be safe in vaccines) is used as a preservative to make sure that the vaccine isn’t contaminated with fungus or bacteria. People died from a vaccine that didn’t contain thiomersal because the vaccine was contaminated.

    If you’ve heard of polio, or small pox you’ll see that vaccines are important.

  24. There’s no controversy about it, there shouldn’t be mercury in vaccines. Go break open a thermometer and drink it, see what happens. That’s one thing, what about the formaldehydes and its derivatives? Science has been proven to be wrong many times, and one point scientists thought the world was flat. We are born to survive, we don’t need man-made rubbish going in to our bodies. If we go back to nature we will live a healthy life.

  25. Splurta, what you are referring to is the thiomersal controversy. The controversy that vaccines containing mercury would case brain dysfunction and lead to diseases like autism. Scientific testing has proved this claim to be false. Vaccines are probably the most life saving things to come into existence for humanity.

    There is a positive correlation between the number of children being vaccinated and the number of cases of brain diseases. However, remember, correlation does not prove causation.

  26. If you are actually interested in it you will go and do your own reserach instead of me feeding it to you just so you can dismiss it. Actually I am here today, so rethink that statement please.

  27. If you hadn’t received vaccination as a child you probably wouldn’t even be here today to write nonsese like this on your keyboard. Vaccination has saved countless human/infant lives and we should be thankful that it was invented.

    Also, give me a credible link to your ridiculous claim of “aborted fetal tissue” lol.

  28. vaccines contain mercury, formaldehyde and its derivatives, and aborted fetal tissue. This is even stated on certain vaccine manufacturers websites. Now for a real example, over the winter 5 people that I knew got flu shots and me and a few others in the family didn’t. They ALL got sick and none of us did. Allopathic medicine is just a money making industry. If it really cured you, would you come back and spend more of your money?

  29. Here’s one more statistic for you, buddy: 100% of people who have died breathed air, making air the #1 cause of human mortality.

    STOP being a dumbass and pulling nonsensical statistics out of your ass.

  30. If it is real medicine, maybe someone could prove it under scientific testing and then collect the James Randi foundation 1 million dollar award.

    Oh that’s right. They won’t because they can’t. :P

  31. This is exactly why Western Medicine is superior to Chinese medicine – I would definitely not trust something that is 2000 years old and would rather place my trust that has been invented recently, in the age of critical thinking, scientific peer-reviewing, and modern equipment.

    Without Western medicine, there would be no vaccinations – your own health, mat888tam, can be attributed to the labours of western medicine. If you werent vaccinated as a kid, you probably wouldnt even be here today.

  32. When you have appendicitis, do you go to the traditional chinese physician or the local emergency room? There are things that Western medicine is clearly better at than traditional chinese medicine (TCM). The few things that western medicine is deficient are things like chronic back pain or poor digestion. In those cases, because there are no effective treatments, it would be wise to seek TCM. But I think everyone agrees, first go see your doctor.