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Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 08:23:   

Hello to anybody wishes to respond.

I am a first year student in a school teaching TCM.
I am quite pleased and see my future in the area of Chinese medicine.
Lately I was approched by a school theching Ancient Chinese medicine with emphasis on Stems and branches and the 5 elements.
I was told by this school that if I gradute in TCM, I will probably face a situation where I don't have enough tools to understand patients as a whole, and to treat them approprietly. They say that many doctors are not satisfied with what they have learnt in TCM and continue anyway to specialized in Ancient Chinese medicine.

What is your view on the matter.

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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 08:16:   

An old debate anonymous... I suppose each and every stream in will have more or less the same claim . Yet, I can tell you from many years of experience in the practice of that the closest you may get to healing as many people as you can (which I expect that this should be your goal...) will be by practicing the T.C.M. style. This debate resonates very much like the one held in the martial arts circles. Is Tai Chi better than Kung Fu... is this style of Karate better than the next and so on. The reason that the TCM style is the dominant style in modern China speaks for itself - it can bring fast and better clinical results in less time - a crucial fact in an exploding population environment.
Still, I can see no reason why you should not learn these two styles together (and many others for that matter) if you wish to broaden the scope of your clinical/intellectual abilities. None of the acupuncture techniques can give you a 100% clinical ability to deal with all syndromes and ailments. The more you learn, the more you keep an open mind while practicing, the better healer you'll become. The TCM style is a very good route to start your journey.

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