When we speak of Medicine, Vietnam, sometimes you specify "Southern medicine" (that of the country, located south of the Asian continent), "Medicine of the North" (that of China, northern Vietnam) or "Western medicine" (that of the West).
In fact, the Vietnamese traditional medicine looks just like the Chinese medicine. Obviously, it took local color, as is the case in other countries in the Far East and even in different regions of China. The main Vietnamese features include the choice of medicinal plants, popular craze for acupressure and certain cultural connotations.
China is in the temperate zone while Vietnam is tropics. Therefore, the two countries do not have access to the same plants. Although Chinese medicine is developed and precise, the Vietnamese had to, by necessity, find substitutes for native plants they could grow there and whose import proved too costly for most people.
As in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the processing means of traditional Vietnamese medicine, besides the pharmacopoeia include acupuncture, dietary (similar to the Chinese diet), exercises (tai chi and Qi Gong) and Tui Na massage.
However, the Vietnamese seem to give pride of place to acupressure, called Bam-Sham. His two most common forms are the "Sham bam-foot" and "sitting Bam-Sham". The first combines acupressure and reflexology in order to provide rest and relaxation, but also to relieve some pain. As for the second, she takes care of the upper body in order to provide relaxation and promote the flow of Qi (vital energy). It is commonly practiced in the street and even sidewalk cafes.