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Chinese traditional medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine is based on ancient Chinese practices and includes acupuncture, tai chi, herbal medicines and various other mind body practices.

Chinese medicine treatments such as acupuncture (if performed with sterile, single use needles), qi gong, and tai chi are generally considered safe. Some herbs used in Chinese herbal products may be safe but others may not be. Some can interact with medicines and have serious side effects. Always inform your doctor if you are taking Chinese herbal products.

For most conditions there are not enough clinical trials to know if traditional Chinese medicine methods are effective. 

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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