One place that is embracing a new wave of an old style of healing is traditional Chinese medicine, otherwise known as tcm in Singapore.

Roughly 2,500 years ago, people were using medicines that were found in their backyards. Spices, plants, and other organic materials were used to produce a beneficial effect of human suffering. To this day the same traditional Chinese medicines are stilling being used in modern society.

Singapore, just resting at the bottom of Malaysia, has adopted traditional Chinese medicines into their culture as a part of their way of life. The people of Singapore value their Chinese medicine so much that the health care of their country includes the traditional medicinal practices as part of their wellness regime. In accordance to valuing the usage of traditional Chinese medicine, the country of Singapore highlights several universities that offer traditional medical degrees. Due to the nature of the availability of learning opportunities, and the availability and promotion of the consumption of the medicines in their country, it looks as though the practice might continue for thousands of years still.

Unfortunately, not all places in the world gravitate heavily to traditional medicines as a sustainable and liable alternative to drug options. In most of the Western and European parts of the world, people typically explore pharmaceuticals on the assumption that a company can offer more effective products to consumers than that of acupuncture or boiling leaves from tea. Needing pharmaceuticals is true for many medical instances; but peddling non-affordable pills and inhalants to most without an alternative option is something that most Westerners are faced with.

What it boils down to is that countries across the world, like Singapore, are offering sustainable, cheaper, more predictable and sometimes safer traditional medicines included in their healthcare system. It might be time for the rest of us to think of new ways of using traditional Chinese medicines.