Zla'od wrote:If massage helps, then skip the middleman and just get a massage.
Massage may have some medical value. TCM has no value and amounts to one giant medical fraud (like chiropractic). Really, if not for the political clout of Chinese "doctors," TCM would have been banned long ago, much like the Daoist priests who psychically diagnosed people's illnesses.
On that note, Taiwan is just brimming with snake-oil nostrums. I remember from Michael Turton's blog that Ma Ying-jeou even endorsed one on TV at one point. If you can invent a new medical superstition, you'll get rich here.
The largest fraud is the medical industry pushing all the drugs they do.
I have had personal experience with TCM both in Taiwan and in Canada, and for a problem I had, it brought it under control within a few months. My doctor didn't wan to believe that and so said that my body dealt with the problem on it's own. (not likely, as it was getting worse before my TCM got it to stop)
TCM has thousands of years of history. From my personal experience, i wholeheartedly believe in it