Can Chinese medicine and western medicine be taken together?

 Can Chinese medicine and western medicine be taken together?

A: Both TCM doctors and western medical doctors think that western drugs and Chinese medicines should not be taken simultaneously. The reason is that some chemical elements in Chinese medicines may react with western drugs. Using the two together also may affect the efficacy of both medicines and their interaction may produce toxic effects which could endanger health. One should leave around a 4-hour gap between taking these different kinds of medicines. Ideally, the individual should first consult a medical practitioner before taking any medicine.