Written by Frank Robbins, MSTCM, L.Ac..
Posted in Public Awareness & Education
I interviewed Mr. Robbins who is a co-founder, President and CEO of the Center for Integrated Medicine.
This is a private practice with his colleague Dr. Kwong providing services in Visalia, A and Mr. Robbins
providing services in Hanford, CA.
I was not able to observe Mr. Robbins
treating a patient but he
did allow me to interview him with several prepared questions.
I am also now a participant in a study he
is conducting on treating people with high blood pressure with TCM, with a first appointment on 2 Dec.
does not believe that one medicine is better than the other, and they co-exist to improve the health of all patients.
had received referrals from doctors of Western medicine and has referred patients of his
own to Western doctors.
One example he
gave was if a patient is having problems with their thyroid, he
will strongly recommend they see a Western doctor and have some tests done.
stated that Western medicine was designed to treat emergencies and uses lab work and machines to treat the symptoms of an illness and is more evasive.
Another school of thought believes as Mr. Robbins
also believes that TCM needs to update its terminology so it can be understood and will become more integrated with Western doctors and insurers.
An example he
used is telling a Western doctor that a patient has Qi blockage in their knee preventing the flow of energy and blood will not be as easily accepted as diagnosing a patient with neurovascular blockage in their knee.
My last question asked if he
thought TCM could be used to treat children with ADD.
stated that TCM and herbal medicine could definitely be used to treat ADD.
Thank you, F. E. Robbins, L.Ac., MSTCM, CEO Center for Integrated Medicine.