Western medicine primarily treats the symptoms. Their primary weapon against disease is pharmaceutical. Unfortunately, this often comes with dangerous side-effects. From the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, all medicinal drugs are poisonous and should only be taken temporarily. Any drug taken long term will most certainly deteriorate the liver and kidneys, and further weaken the body's ability to recover by itself.
When you hear a medical doctor say that acupuncture medicine is experimental, unproven or unscientific, keep in mind that only 15% of standard medical procedures have ever been held to scientific scrutiny and only 1% of the articles in medical journals are based on verifiable scientific research, according to David Eddy, M.D.,Ph.D., the doctor who coined the term "evidence based" medicine.