Did you know that registered TCM practitioners are not allowed to.....
They are not allowed to give any western medicine. Not even the Panadol that you can buy off the shelf at 7-eleven! If they are caught doing so they can be censured.
That also means that TCM practitioners cannot give any injections also.
I used to wonder why TCM practitioners sent their patients to western doctors to get blood tests done, eg Blood cholesterol levels etc. Why didn't they just do it themselves?
Well I guess for one TCM practitioners are not trained in phlebotomy and are probably not allowed to do such "western medical" procedures and investigations either.
But it is necessary to monitor the results of treatments and confirm that there is improvement for the patient.
My outlook of this has now changed ever since I started attending lectures at Singapore TCM College. I think western doctors and TCM practitioners should communicate more. But before we can have meaningful communication we must be able to understand the language we both speak.
TCM practitioners do study western medical school subjects eg pharmacology, physiology etc. So they can understand quite a bit of what we talk about.
On the other hand, I think 99% of western doctors have no proper understanding of Yin and Yang, Qi, Blood, Body Fluid, 5 Elements, Meridians, Wind, Cold, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, Fire etc.
In many ways, whether each school of healing decides to learn about other schools of healing begins with acknowledgement and recognition. And that step is highly political.
We can see that it has happened in Germany. Prince Charles wants to do it in UK, but is having lots of protests from the allopathic western doctors.
Will it happen in Singapore? It remains to be seen. But at the moment the TCM practitioners have taken the first proactive step by opening a course for us Western doctors to learn their craft. And I think we owe them a debt of gratitude.