When we use the word “medicine” in the UK, we think of things that we take internally such as tablets or liquids. However, Chinese medicine covers a range of different therapies as well. Certainly, there are Chinese herbs which come under the overall umbrella of Chinese medicine, but it also includes acupuncture, which as most people know involves the insertion of very fine needles into the surface of the body, shiatsu – which is a form of massage, moxibustion – which is burning of herbs close to the skin, movement and exercise, and more.
In the UK, we think of the word “medicine” to mean something such as pills or fluids which we take internally. However “Chinese medicine” covers much more, and includes body practices such as acupuncture, tai chi (which is a form of movement), moxibustion (burning herbs close to the skin in order to increase the flow of blood), cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin in order to create a slight suction), Chinese herbal medicines, qi gong (a practice that combines specific body movements or postures, breathing, and mental focus), and dietary therapy.