#129 Chinese Medicine VS Western Medicine 中医VS 西医

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有听众朋友说,想听听中医和西医的不同,也想知道中国人怎么看中医,怎么看西医。他们生病的时候,更喜欢看中医,还是西医呢?没问题,今天我们就来聊一聊中医和西医吧!

我们常说,西医是现代医学。中医有很长的历史。根据传说,在公元前三千年,一个叫神农的人尝了很多的草药,研究哪些有毒,哪些可以当作药,可以治病。那么,中医和西医有什么不同呢?我们可以从诊断和治疗来看。诊断,意思是医生找到病人生病的原因。治疗,意思是医生用不同的方法,让病人好起来。首先,西医的诊断依靠检查,比如,验血。中医的诊断依靠“望闻问切”。望,意思是看,看病人的脸;闻,意思是听病人的声音,问,意思是问病人哪儿不舒服;切,意思是把脉。把脉,意思是医生的手指放在病人的手腕上,感觉病人的脉搏。诊断以后,西医和中医是怎么样治疗病人的呢?西医会给病人吃药,通常是西药,有时候也会做手术。中医也会给病人吃药,但是一般是草药。也会有针灸,拔罐,等等。

中医也觉得每个人的气很重要。气,就像是每个人身体里的能量。中医认为,人们吃健康的东西,还有锻炼身体,都会有更好的气,人们也会更健康。中医也认为,吃冷的东西,喝冷的水,对气不好,所以很多中国人都喜欢吃热的东西,喝热水。

在中国的历史里,中国人一直都相信中医。到了20世纪,人们知道了西医,很多人觉得中医不科学。1950年,中医开始学习西医的一些方法,开始了一些改革。现在,在中国,一些人觉得中医不科学,但还有很多人相信中医,觉得中医很有用,因为过去的几千年里,人们一直用中医治病。

你觉得中医有用吗?你相信中医还是西医?欢迎和我们分享你的看法!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

Some of our listeners have expressed interest in learning about the differences between Chinese medicine and Western medicine, as well as how Chinese people view these two approaches. When they get sick, do they prefer Chinese medicine or Western medicine? No problem, today we’ll discuss Chinese medicine and Western medicine!

We often refer to Western medicine as modern medicine, while Chinese medicine has a long history. According to legend, around 3,000 years ago, a person named Shen Nong tasted various herbs, studying which ones were toxic and which ones could be used as medicine to treat illnesses. So, what are the differences between Chinese medicine and Western medicine? We can look at them from the aspects of diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis means that the doctor finds out the cause of the patient’s illness. Treatment means that the doctor uses different methods to help the patient recover.

Firstly, Western medicine relies on examinations such as blood tests for diagnosis. Chinese medicine diagnosis, on the other hand, relies on “observation, listening, questioning, and pulse-taking.” Observation means looking at the patient’s face; listening means listening to the patient’s voice; questioning means asking the patient where they feel uncomfortable; and pulse-taking means feeling the patient’s pulse by placing the doctor’s fingers on the patient’s wrist. After diagnosis, how do Western medicine and Chinese medicine treat patients? Western medicine often prescribes pharmaceutical drugs, and sometimes performs surgeries. Chinese medicine also prescribes medicines, but they are typically herbal medicines. Treatments like acupuncture, cupping, and others are also utilized.

In Chinese medicine, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is considered very important. Qi is like the energy within every person’s body. Chinese medicine believes that eating healthy foods and exercising will improve one’s Qi, leading to better health. Chinese medicine also suggests that consuming cold foods and drinks can negatively affect one’s Qi, so many Chinese people prefer to consume warm foods and hot water.

Throughout China’s history, Chinese people have always believed in the efficacy of Chinese medicine. However, in the 20th century, with the introduction of Western medicine, many started to consider Chinese medicine as unscientific. In 1950, Chinese medicine began to adopt some methods from Western medicine and underwent some reforms. Nowadays, in China, some people still view Chinese medicine skeptically, but many others continue to believe in its effectiveness because it has been used for thousands of years to treat illnesses.

What do you think? Do you find Chinese medicine useful? Do you believe in Chinese medicine or Western medicine? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

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