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What is Oriental Medicine?


Oriental Medicine is a term associated with the collective types of medicine practiced in various oriental countries. There are majorly four types of medicines that fall under this category. These are –


    1. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).


TCM is a collection of various ways of practicing medicine in China. As the name suggests, being traditional, these medical practices have been prevalent for a long period of time, around 2000 years to be precise. The main Chinese medical techniques include; Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. These techniques are highly renowned in China and other parts of Asia, and have established their roots in other countries as well. It is seen that TCM has successfully cured many major diseases that are often regarded as life threatening. However, officially its benefits are still a controversial topic.


    2. Traditional Korean Medicine.


The age old traditional Korean medicine holds close resemblance with the Traditional Chinese Medicine. TKM is highly influenced by the TCM techniques, and is thus a successfully practiced oriental medicine. Its various aspects are based on the same techniques as that of TCM, that is, the pseudoscientific beliefs. Traditional Korean Medicine also undertakes the treatment of various diseases using the techniques of Herbal medicine, acupuncture, meditation, aroma therapy, and moxibustion.


    3. Kampo, Traditional Japanese Medicine.


Kampo is the traditional oriental medicine practiced in Japan. This again, is influenced by the Traditional Chinese Medicine of curing illness. TJM has adopted several Chinese medication techniques like herbal medicine, acupuncture, and moxibustion. However, the study of traditional medicine in Japan is primarily related to the study of herbs, and how herbs can be put to use for curing diseases.


    4. Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.


Not much is known about the Traditional Vietnamese Medicine, except for the fact that it is, highly influenced by the Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is widely practiced in Vietnam.

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