Disease usually means the body's vital energy was weak and the pathogen attacked and entered the body. To expel the pathogen (detoxify) and defend the vital energy is the main principle of treatment. Acupuncture aims to reduce superfluous elements, tonify Qi and promote the movement of Qi in the channels and organs as well. Herbs have the same function but stronger. When the pathogen is expelled, and the circulation of blood, the immune system and the function of the organs are greatly enhanced, health is regained.
In general, with less risk and fewer side effects than conventional medication, TCM is not dangerous. If one analyses the occasional negative media reports carefully, it becomes apparent that there is no real solid evidence; in some cases it was accidental. This demonstrates how important it is that patients should select a genuine, highly qualified and experienced practitioner to be assured of safety. Correct diagnosis and prescriptions are essential as is good technique; these are the prerequisites for safety.