I typically answer this question by starting off with a few simple facts. First, I tell people that Chinese medicine has been around for a very, very long time. The first evidence of the type of medicine that led to the Chinese Medicine that we see today dates back to about 6,000 BC, which is about 8,000 years ago. Back then man was using stone needles on tattooed acupuncture points on the body. That’s close to 8,000 years of uninterrupted use. Western medicine as we’ve come to recognize it today wasn’t even invented until the 1350s (the middle ages), which makes it less than 700 years old.