Many of the adaptogenes, including the model adaptogen - ginseng ( Panax ginseng ) - owe their discovery to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TČM). However, the study of adaptogens represents only a scientific view that can not be confused with the field of the TČM itself.
TČM is not a scientific discipline
Warning: This statement is not intended as an offense. I have a deep respect for TČM medicine, although I am a scientist from the TČM's point of view. MSc medicine is a special subject, something like a doctorate in alchemy. The medical specialty of TČM fully compensates for the title of MUDr., But TČM is not based on the scientific method but on the teaching of yin and yang , a kind of Chinese Kabbalah. So, from the point of view of science, TCM belongs to one bag together with astrology, Carpathian sciences and ThDr. Zdeněk Kratochvíl, Dr.
TCM and scientific medicine do not speak together, just look over their shoulders and look at the methods of competition. These two fields do not mix even if they are linked in one individual in the form of a double doctorate MUDr. + TČM. Such doctors are in Asia to find themselves in the best hospitals where they are in charge of a special department of herbs and traditional methods of health insurance. From a formal point of view, it is similar to the case when the Catholic priest with the title MUDr. In addition, in medical practice, he gives the sacrament of anointing the sick.
But: From the point of view of scientific medicine, the TČM plants are lege artis
From the point of view of our (= scientific) medicine, TCM plants are treated just like any other plant. Their properties are investigated clinically and experimentally in the same way as for any other presumed drug. Knowledge of the TCM is only considered as inspiration. To the praise of TČM can be said that the inspiration is reliable: For the vast majority of plants used, the efficiency is roughly in the area of indications given by the TCM. However, it is important that scientific medicine does not draw conclusions from the TČM, but only from the scientific studies inspired by TČM - hence the use of medicinal plants of TČM in scientifically proven (or presumed) scope ranks as standard rather than alternative methods of medicine. MUDr. Physicians are gradually beginning to understand - only those more busy need to explain it a little longer.
Of the alternative methods, TČM is the most impressive
TCM belongs among the alternative methods to those dignified and is the only one I wear and seek for myself. I have visited various offices of the TCM many times and I am personally satisfied with the results. Otherwise, for TCM, what applies to alternative medicine in general is that what everyone has to think of is themselves. Science can not approve or refute these methods. If someone in Czech leagues finds the right doctor of the TCM and entrusts himself to his care, science has nothing to say. And from a human point of view, I would only say that it makes little sense to choose a magician's doctor if we do not intend to follow his instructions carefully.
Summary: If you go to the doctor's office, follow his instructions and take no account of what I or any other scientist say about the medicinal plants of TČM :-)