I really wouldn’t compare Traditional Chinese Medicine to AIDS prevention in Africa.
Even if I wouldn’t assume that I don’t know what I’m talking about, I understand why you may think I’m close minded, but I don’t take Western medicine for granted, I question it whenever I feel it’s necessary (often), and although I think Traditional Chinese Medicine is impossible to reconcile with all the biomedical data we have, I would use it if there was evidence that it cures something.
Yes, many people believe it works and feel it as useful, but that’s something I’ve discussed several times on this blog (talking about other topics in alternative medicine): you say it works but there’s (yet) not scientific evidence, I say it works because of placebo effect.
Of course you should not trust me. You’re an aspiring health professional, so I really hope you will continue studying science as much as you can and figure out things yourself.