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How much do you know about traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (also known as TCM or T.C.M.) is a range of traditional medical practices used in China that developed over several thousand years. These practices include herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage. TCM is a form of Oriental medicine, which includes other traditional East Asian medical systems such as Japanese and Korean medicine.

TCM says processes of the human body are interrelated and constantly interact with the environment. Therefore the theory looks for the signs of disharmony in the external and internal environment of a person in order to understand and treat illness or disease, and furthermore, to prevent from them.

TCM theory is based on a number of philosophical frameworks including the Theory of Yin-yang, the Five Elements, the human body Meridian system, Chang-fu theory, and others. Diagnosis and treatment, which involve looking, listening, asking, and touching, are conducted with reference to these concepts. TCM does not usually operate within a scientific paradigm. Yet, quite a lot of practitioners are making efforts to bring practice into an evidence-based medicine framework.

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