The Future Job of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners
by Paul Marchinko R.TCMP, R.AC.
Acupuncturist at Healing on the Danforth
Now that the New Year is well underway and society is rapidly moving forward, the job of a TCM practitioner is to find the balance between the promise of the future and the benefits of the past. Practitioners must remember the ancient ways and principles of the past theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but negotiate them through the scientific method.
TCM is rich in theory and observation, and with future work has the possibility to be rich in empirical data. With the proper research, TCM has the potential to become a complementary practice to conventional or allopathic medicine rather than the frequently coined ‘alternative.’
Now that Traditional Chinese Medicine has become regulated in Ontario and several other provinces of Canada, practitioners must push themselves to render a workable description of TCM that balances its philosophy with objective, science based understandings of the human body and health. This is a difficult task as even the scientific method struggles to understand some things, and has an even harder time creating a study that can measure the full potential, or lack of, when it comes to TCM acupuncture.
Two sources that seem somewhat reliable for the potential of TCM are Berkeley University and the World Health Organization. Both give a list of problems that have been studied thoroughly and conditions that may potentially be treated by TCM acupuncture. Whether measuring up to conventional medicine’s standards or simply giving insights into how environment, food, and emotion affect the body. TCM has an exciting road ahead in the coming years for Ontario and its healthcare.