Recently, I do a little calculaiton and review the patients I've treated.
There were 2,391 person-time visits in 2014.
Approximately 1/3 of them took only Chinese herbal medicine, 1/3 for acupuncture only, 1/3 receive both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Below are the main discomfort they came for help, you’ll know better about the situation when Taiwanese turn to TCM for help.
[color=#0000FF]The most frequent chief complaints are: [/color]common cold, cough, allergic rhinitis, GI disorder (constipation, diarrhea, GERD, stomachache, abdomenal distension), asthma, chest pain/tightness, menstrual disorder, dysmenorrhea, acne, insomnia, neck stiffness, back and low back pain, sciatica, joint pain, muscle soreness, trigger finger, stroke (stable), facial palsy, headache, dizziness, cold limbs, fatigue, pruritus, DM, HTN, sjogren's' syndrome, anemia, etc.
[color=#0000FF]Other less frequent chief complaints are:[/color] gray hair, MDD, herpes zoster, to lose weight, to increase height (teenagers), lack of breast milk, brest enlargement,early ejaculation, foamy urine, bad breath, carpal tunnel syndrome, patella femoral syndrome, DeQuervain’s syndrome, cancer adjuvant therapy ( However, senior TCM doctors see lots of cancer patients).
I feel blessed, grateful and proud to be a TCM doctor since I love to solve all kinds of physical and mental problems for patients. The most important thing is, I believe patients are the best teachers and I did learn a lot from them. I am in my early thirties and I'll keep learning more and more, refining my medical expertise as well as the way communicating with patients and their family. This is indeed the best job in the world!