- Question from AmberG: Should my regular doctor talk with my Chinese medicine doctor about my treatments? How can I get them to connect?
We generally believe it's a good idea to connect, but sometimes it may not be such a good idea. It depends on how well versed your Chinese practitioner is in Western medicine. I don't necessarily believe that making everybody connect is the best thing—sometimes they operate on different planes and it's disastrous.
I have had experience in dealing with Chinese practitioners who discuss the balance of Yin and Yang energy in a patient, versus the oncologists talking about whether someone is hormone-receptor positive or negative. They couldn't understand what one another was talking about. The Chinese practitioner wanted to put the patient on herbs to balance Yin and Yang so the patient feels better. But the Chinese practitioner doesn't know anything about estrogen receptors, and that the goal of the treatment may be to leave the patient a little unbalanced. That's the whole idea. The two find it impossible to communicate because they're talking totally different languages.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Traditional Chinese Medicine featured Raymond Chang, M.D. and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with your cancer doctor.
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