Traditional Chinese Medicine and heart disease: what does Western medicine and nursing science know about it?
Patricia Davidson, Karen Hancock, Dominic Leung, Esther Ang, Esther Chang, David R Thompson, John Daly
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing | Published : 2003
BACKGROUND: Interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is growing rapidly beyond China. This interest is driven by a combination of factors including recognition of potential benefits of TCM; dissatisfaction with the traditional Western medical model; an increasing commitment to holistic care and increasing evidence for the interaction of psychological factors and outcomes of disease and treatment and health consumer demand. AIMS: This review article was prompted by the need to understand and interpret the increasing trend towards the use of TCM in heart disease. In particular, this article defines and describes TCM, and analyses implications and challenges for Western health care delive..View full abstract