Chinese medicine is based on a completely different paradigm of understanding health and disease. As with most knowledge its development was influenced by cultural norms of the time. This led to a non-invasive medical framework and an holistic approach, on the other hand Western medicine was strongly influenced by the microscope and an invasive study of anatomical structures of the body. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Chinese Medicine is very effective in many situations where western is at a loss. This can often be seen in its ability to relive pain without drugs. Or in its effectiveness in helping couples with fertility problems conceive a child without invasive IVF programs.