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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a unique and complex medical practice that is deeply based in Chinese philosophy. Dating back at least 23 centuries, TCM is based on philosophies that predate modern orthodox medicine. According to Chinese philosophy, a person is healthy when there is balance between his or her yin and yang and becomes ill when this balance is disturbed; thus the aim of TCM is to maintain and restore balance. This can be achieved through a variety of practices such as Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, tai chi, moxibustion, and acupressure. The effectiveness and safety of TCM practices are being scrutinized more heavily because of the rising popularity of TCM in the West; however, as summarized by the National Center for Complementary and ...

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