The mention of traditional Chinese medicine often conjures up images of magical needles, aromatic herbs, and animal parts. Yet, traditional Chinese medicine is increasingly gaining respect from both scientists and the general public in the West.
Today, medical care in China often consists of a mixture of both Western and traditional Chinese medicine, although Western-style medicine tends to be dominant.
The Chinese will usually visit a doctor trained in Western medicine if they feel that they are seriously ill and need to be treated quickly. If the problem is not too serious or urgent, the patient will most likely see a traditional doctor, who can better restore harmony to the body.