Traditional Chinese Medicine Makes Waves Onboard.
By Stephanie Kimber, LAc
There is no doubt that billions of people have felt the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and although the advent of modern medicine has been promoted as a superior form of medication, the reality is that many illnesses can be prevented before more invasive methods are necessary. Conventional cures often times come at a cost to other aspects of health. Therefore, the wisest attitude toward medication is this: only take it if other more natural methods fail. Whereas conventional medicine focuses more on symptoms, TCM focuses the importance of getting to the root of the problem. From a Chinese medical perspective, most issues arise from an imbalance of energy in the body. When the energy is balanced, the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself.
The potential for healing, regardless of the western diagnosis, is one of the most important points to express to our cruise guests, many of whom may never have been exposed to any other form of integrative healing, but who may be suffering terrible pain or have chronic symptoms despite taking conventional medicine (which can be very pricey, even with insurance). Offering acupuncture and Chinese herbs to onboard guests, has really been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, because some guests experience relief immediately and become great voices for the efficacy of acupuncture and chinese herbs. Since 2006, when we did our very first acupuncture treatments at sea, The Onboard Spa by Steiner has performed over 700,000 treatments. That is remarkable and a testament to how people from all walks of life are open to trying alternative therapies if they have the time and are in a safe environment.