Even though the concepts and theories of Chinese medicine and Western medicine are very different there is fertile ground in the application of both used together for many conditions- especially chronic ones.
When doctors are asked “How Does Chinese Medicine Work With Traditional Medicine?” the first response should be that Western medicine is the to go in emergencies. If you are having a heart attack, you go to the ER. That is one of the gifts of our modern age- the technology of diagnosis, surgery and medication allows us to survive things that would certainly have had us meet our demise only decades ago.
I am a huge proponent of getting a proper western medical work up and then coming up with a plan about how to utilize Chinese medicine with conventional therapies. There was a time when this was considered “out there”, but now prestigious hospitals like Sloan-Kettering and Mass General in Boston have acupuncturists on staff to help reduce pain or help diminsh the side effects of cancer treatment.
Every once in a while a patient goes to the doctor with a list of ailments and after exhaustive interviewing and tests, the doctor says, “I’m not sure what you have. I don’t know why you’re feeling this way. ” (Sometimes there is a name to the condition say, Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalia and there isn’t a clear path for treatment and recovery.) In these cases Chinese medicine may be able to shed some light on the situation and ideally provide some relief and recovery.