Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ka-Wai Fan

in Chinese Studies

ISBN: 9780199920082
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:
Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical and health care system that still forms an important part of diagnosis and treatment systems in China. It embraces several therapeutic approaches, most notably acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Most Chinese people believe in TCM, and it is widely used in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and among Chinese people living overseas to treat diseases or to strengthen the body. Furthermore, TCM has gained increasing global recognition for its role in the prevention and treatment of disease, and investment in professional TCM medical services has increased substantially in Western societies. The integration of TCM and modern biomedicine is also an important issue in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and increasingly so elsewhere. As a result, mainstream research on TCM is largely based on contemporary biomedical evidence-based approaches. There is still, however, a considerable body of medical professionals who remain unconvinced of the broad efficacy of TCM. The medical methods and treatments mentioned in this article are not intended to help a reader diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Subjects: East Asian Studies ; Asian History ; East Asian Philosophy ; East Asian Religions

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