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Traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM ; simplified Chinese : 中医 ; traditional Chinese : 中醫 ; pinyin : zhōng yī ; literally "Chinese medicine") is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine , acupuncture , massage (Tui na) , exercise (qigong) , and dietary therapy. [ 1 ] The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage , as well as in cosmological notions like yin-yang and the five phases .
Dried herbs and plant portions for Chinese herbology at a Xi'an market
Northern China and southern China [ 1 ] are two approximate regions within China . The exact boundary between these two regions has never been precisely defined. Nevertheless, the self-perception of Chinese people , especially regional stereotypes, has often been dominated by these two concepts, given that regional differences in culture and language have historically fostered strong regional identities (乡土, xiangtu , 'localism') of the Chinese people. [ 2 ] [ edit ] Extent