Oriental medicine (traditional Chinese medicine) is a 3,000-year-old system of medicine, which primarily involves the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine. In recent years, traditional Chinese medicine has enjoyed increasing popularity in many parts of the world and is practised in numerous integrative medical hospitals and clinical settings as its benefits become more well-known. How it works While traditional Chinese medicine, and in particular, acupuncture, is most widely known for its benefits in pain management, persons seek out treatment for issues related to a number of systems of the body as it regulates a variety of functions. It stimulates the body's self-regulating systems and natural healing abilities to promote physical and emotional well- being. In so doing, it assists the heart's ability to circulate and the liver's ability to store blood, the lung's function of governing respiration, the spleen's and stomach's control over gastrointestinal processes, the kidney's ability to regulate fluids in the body and the intestines role in digestion and excretion. Other therapies used alongside acupuncture and herbal prescriptions include: cupping, moxibustion and nutritional counselling. Herbal formulas Herbal formulas are made up of several herbs, and are selected from a pharmacopeia of several hundred herbs to address a variety of conditions.