For thousands of years, people have flocked to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to either treat or prevent health issues using such mind and body practices as acupuncture and herbal medicines, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health (NCCIH).
The theory behind TCM is that “qi,” or life-force energy, flows throughout the body via meridians, or points, in the body. By stimulating these points, you remove blockages of qi and improve your health. The effectiveness of many practices in TCM, such as acupuncture, are supported by scientific proof. However, some related practices can, according to Western culture, seem downright bizarre. We searched the globe for the oddest-seeming health practices inspired by Chinese medicine. Read on to see if you’ve heard of them — or would try them!