By Gunter Neeb
Western medicine as it has been known for the last 200 years shows basic differences to Chinese medicine. Although anatomical features of the human body have been known since ancient times, modern Western medicine has emphasised these concepts only since the introduction of cellular and microscopic biology. Before that time it had astounding similarities to non-European medical systems such as Egyptian, Chinese, Arabian, and Indian medicines. These similarities were so strong that we must assume our ancestors exchanged medical information despite enormous distances between the continents.