I’m sharing here about the best Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Philippines. I learned about TCM two years ago when I stumbled upon Organic Olivia’s page on Instagram. I read her article about headaches, PMS, and hormone imbalance. She also wrote about Chinese Medicine’s liver Qi stagnation. I became a fan since then. It’s true that we are what we eat and that we can become healthier by incorporating organic and natural foods in our diet with proper exercise.
Note that I also appreciate and respect advanced and modern medicine. I’m sharing here about Traditional Chinese Medicine because I am fascinated by the wisdom shared by ancient cultures. I think that using both (modern and traditional) medicine could help so much to our health and longevity of life.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM is a traditional Chinese medical practice of more than 2,000 years including herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong)and dietary therapy. TCM continues to be popular until today not just in China but also in Europe, America and other parts of the world.
TCM is focused on the belief that the body’s vital energy (chi or qi) circulates through pathways called meridians. Proper Qi is needed to keep all the systems in our body in balance and in harmony. If you feel sick or you have any discomfort in your body, it means that your Qi is not balanced.
Another important concept of TCM is Yin and Yang which is used to represent all of earth’s opposing forces, including hot and cold, winter and summer, energy and rest. Just like Qi, yin and yang negatively affect your health when they’re out of balance or when one is more dominant than the other. So, the primary goal of TCM treatment is to restore their balancing relationship.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine Cures Sickness
TCM is famously known for its holistic and natural health approach as it stimulates the body’s own healing power and supports all aspects of a patient’s health. It aims to cure the root of illness rather than just reduce the symptoms of it.
Because balance is important in the body, TCM treatments aim to restore the Qi and Ying & Yang balance. The most common Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments include the following:
- Herbal Medicine – used to control inflammation, fight free radical damage and boost liver function
- Acupuncture – helps to reduce pain, improve hormonal balance and fights stress
- Massage – improves blood flow and relaxes the mind and body
- Exercise – including Qi gong or Tai chi for flexibility, strength and concentration
- Dietary Therapy – proper nutrition to boost energy and detox the body
Common Health Problems Treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy
- Chronic Pain
- Liver Disease
- Hormonal Imbalance
- High Blood Pressure
- PMS or Menopause Symptoms
- Cancer Recovery or Chemotherapy
Best Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Philippines
One of the best Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics in the Philippines is located in Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila. The TCM doctor is Dr. Tan Ci Shou. He specializes in herbal medicine together with his son. The clinic is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m and half-day during Sundays.
I consider him as one of the best because too many patients visit his clinic, 400 – 500 patients every week. I visited and consulted him as well when I was having headaches and the herbs were very effective. I have talked to many of his patients and they told me nice experiences about their health improvement and healing. Some patients have kidney problems, liver problems, diabetes, breast cancer, and high blood pressure.
Dr. Tan is now one of well-known Chinese Herbal Doctors in the world. Someone even told me he was featured on Time magazine. I tried to search the article about that but I did not find it. I have heard and read nice things about going to Dr. Tan. The only thing not so nice about the clinic is probably just the ventilation. The clinic is inside an old building. Because too many patients go there regularly, you have to wait for the long line before your turn. Thank God there are chairs on the hallway. The hallway where the patients wait is a little bit narrow and not well ventilated.