Chinese Medicine (CM) is a complete and natural medical system, which uses a holistic approach to diagnosing, preventing and treating disease and treats with Chinese herbs, acupuncture and massage.
CM is a one of the world’s oldest, unique and independent medical system which originated from China and developed down through the centuries imbued with the spirit of Chinese civilization and culture. For thousands of years, CM has played a major role in maintaining the health of Chinese people.
Chinese Medicine was established through centuries of clinical practice and following countless failures, taking a very long time from the beginning of the practice of Chinese Medicine to the establishment of a complete medical system. Thus although the recorded evidence for CM reveals its origins to be two thousand years ago, its social history, traditions and roots predates this, making it a fundamental part of Chinese civilization.
Chinese Medicine directly or indirectly influenced the development of many herbal medicines around the world, including but not limited to the herbal medicines in Japan, Korea, Tibet, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, etc.
Through the Silk Road and other cultural exchanges, Chinese Medicine had been exported to Europe and other continents hundreds and thousands of years ago, being practiced in more than 100 countries around the world, and influencing the development of many other herbal medicines in regions outside Asia.
The influence of Chinese Medicine on other alternative medicines (including homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, etc.) can potentially be much more profound and significant than most people realize.
Therefore, Chinese Medicine is in a leading position in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and serves the largest CAM patient population in the world. Today, the term “Chinese Medicine” refers not only to the Chinese Medicine practiced inside China, as the word “Chinese” has lost its original regional or ethnic meaning, and has become an abstract term representing a system of medicine.