Traditional Chinese medicine was developed over 2,000 years ago. Its original zone of diffusion included Vietnam, Korea and Japan, and these countries eventually developed their own individual variations on it.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on five pillars: treatment using traditional medicine; acupuncture and moxibustion; dietetics; physical exercises (like Qi Gong and Tai Chi); and massage and cupping techniques.
Today, traditional Chinese medicine is the most widespread type of traditional medicine in the world, thanks in particular to acupuncture.
The Chinese Academy for Traditional Medicine in Nankin is the biggest research centre dedicated to these therapeutic techniques.