Chinese medicine has a long history. This history is replete with the use of herbs and other natural items to relieve pain and to cure many ailments. Modern western medicine is interested in the effectiveness of Chinese traditional medicines. Since so many herbs, roots and other natural items are used in traditional medicine, there were quite a few medicine chests or apothecary chests in use. Some of the more interesting chests have many subdivided drawers with each compartment's contents labeled on each drawer front.