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There appears to be a resurgence in TCM's popularity, even though scientific evidence for its effectiveness is scant at best. And even the remedies that do work don't provide any benefits modern medicine can't. So what's the deal?
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One Word: Pain-Killers = Magic.
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No/Less side effects.
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MadameNoir wrote:

No/Less side effects.


To go along with no or few beneficial effects.
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It's been around for thousands of years, for some people that's enough to convince them that it works.
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THESE CURES HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS

On a serious note, word of mouth distorts the truth. One guy tries it for muscle pains, it sort of/kind of (maybe) works, he doesn't notice any of the side effects that go along with prescription/OTC meds, and he tells his friend about it.

Seventeen people and four source-less blog posts later, Jesus himself cured the man of a fatal illness, and you can go meet him in Tibet.
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geauxtigers1989 wrote:


MadameNoir wrote:

No/Less side effects.


To go along with no or few beneficial effects.


False, only if taken incorrectly. I've taken Ginseng for a year now and it has helped me get back to better health from a chronic issue that Doctors couldn't even figure out [they tried for 3 years]. Chemotherapy recipients have also reported benefits to taking ginseng.

Yes there are plenty of bogus supplements out there. But get the correct one with the correct dosage and you'll have success. The major problem is most people just go on google and type in something then buy whatever comes up. Or fall for vitamin store marketing schemes. Crap product = crap result.
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Well I think it trumps the western Band-aid approach to our problems.
And not to mention that their is allot of clinical studies, however their done in china.
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It's Asian, therefore it's ancient, mystical, and full of wisdom that us westerners have never had access to until now.
(positive Asian stereotypes)

It's also something THE MAN doesn't want you to know about!!! Don't you know that the drug companies are in on it with the government and secretly they're poisoning you while keeping you docile with their drugs!?!?!?
(current distrust/conspiracy theories with traditional medicine)

Besides, I never went to a doctor, but I SWEAR i was suffering from a virus and an iron deficiency, but when I started drinking elderberry juice, at the advice of the woman down the street, whose barista reccommended it to her, who in turn heard it from her boyfriend's Asian grandmother, IT ALL WENT AWAY' That's what finally convinced me that Asian medicine is the ONE TRUE MEDICINE!!
(hearsay, placebo effect, misdiagnosing)

And it's all natural. Like nothing natural is ever bad (appeal to nature) and it's so easy!!!!(easy to digest, simplistic)

And there you have it. Why asian medicine appeals to people.

Same reason western european herbalism and fad diets have appeal for the most part.
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The problem isn't whether these work or not, if you decide to go to a traditional Chinese healer over a doctor when you're REALLY sick, then that's your choice.

The problem is the ingredients they use. These people are unknowingly, or knowingly, participating in the worst poaching we've seen in decades. Before the Chinese economy boomed, there wasn't much of a market for rare animal parts, but now they have a billion superstitous Chinese who think drinking soup made from the eyes of an endangered animal will cure cataracts. Resulting in poachers sneaking into nature preserves and not only hunting animals to near extinction, but killing the people trying to protect them.
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mordant221 wrote:

The problem isn't whether these work or not, if you decide to go to a traditional Chinese healer over a doctor when you're REALLY sick, then that's your choice.

The problem is the ingredients they use. These people are unknowingly, or knowingly, participating in the worst poaching we've seen in decades. Before the Chinese economy boomed, there wasn't much of a market for rare animal parts, but now they have a billion superstitous Chinese who think drinking soup made from the eyes of an endangered animal will cure cataracts. Resulting in poachers sneaking into nature preserves and not only hunting animals to near extinction, but killing the people trying to protect them.


That's one of the reasons I asked the question. It just baffles me that TCM has become so popular considering the fact it's largely ineffective and the the environmental consequences of producing it. I'm wondering if the problem could be alleviated if more effort was put into raising public awareness about the myths of TCM since the Chinese government's current solution, farming animals for their body parts, doesn't seem to be working much at all (and it's completely reprehensible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKerc11N4j4).
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I highly dislike it and am very against it. I don't like unscientific things in general.

When TCM can treat specific conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer, then I might change my opinion. But curing things like headache and joints are not really scientific.
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I think these usually taste bad therefore I am vehemently opposed to them. Even Pokemon don't like em.
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Not all traditional Chinese medicines are disproven.

The Prunella vulgaris, or in Chinese 夏枯草, has been tested to have positive benefits. It has shown to exhibit anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects, per this paper. This plant is often used to make a herbal drink and is commonly sold in China and in Asian supermarkets.

Ginseng, a popular drink nowadays, have been shown to enhance the immune system (Source 1, Source 2.)

Traditional Chinese medicines can be beneficial to you, but do your research first.
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