I just read this appalling article: http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110805-292947.html And it made me wonder about other widely trusted practices of TCM. I'm all about being respectful to other cultures and being careful not to overstep boundaries (especially when commenting on another physician's work), but I just can't respect doctors who practice traditional Chinese medicine. It just sickens me to read about painful, harmful practices like Gua Sha and Die Da. And it's even more disturbing to learn about how pervasive such beliefs/practices are. With the spread of modern medicine even to rural parts of China, I don't understand why such practices or even the concept of TCM still exist. Am I being a Western elitist, or should something be done to counteract the prevalence of TCM?