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Chinese medicine or Traditional
Chinese medicine, also known as TCM, includes a range of traditional
medicine practices originating in China. Although well-accepted in the
mainstream of medical care throughout East Asia, it is considered an
alternative medical system in much of the Western world.
TCM practices include such treatments as Chinese herbal medicine,
acupuncture, dietary therapy, cupping, and both Tui na and Shiatsu massage.
Major theories include: Yin-yang, the Five Phases, the human body Meridian /
Channel system, Zang Fu organ theory, six confirmations, four levels, etc.
Modern TCM was systematized in the 1950s. Prior to that, Chinese medicine
was mainly practiced within family lineage systems.
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into
various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.
The World Health Organization
and the United States' National Institutes of Health (NIH) have stated that
acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of neurological conditions and
pain. Reports from the USA's National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the American Medical Association (AMA) and
various USA government reports have studied and commented on the efficacy
(or lack thereof) of acupuncture. There is general agreement that
acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners or