David:I understand that Chinese medicine is based more on natural products while western medicine more on chemical products. Are Chinese people more accustomed to Chinese medicine?
You:It is hard to tell. Because as far as I know, Chinese medcine and western medcine had their own characteristics, with differents affects for a specific illnesses. For example, one of Chinese medcines’ benefits is in specific areas such as certain chronic diseases.
David:What other differences are there between Chinese and western medicine?
You:Since Chinese medicine believes that the different parts of the human body are all interrelated, it strives to bring balance to the body as a whole. In contrast, western medicine considers the human body as a machine made up of individual and independent parts.
David:It sounds like Chinese medicine is more wholesome than western medicine. However, 70% of the medicine is western medicine. Why do people buy western medicine instead of Chinese medicine?
事实上，听起来好像中药比西药更有益于健康。然而，人们消耗的西药占总消耗药量的 70% 。既然中药真的比西药好，为什么人们还去买西药？
You:As I mentioned earlier, Chinese medicine is more effective for specific diseases. Chinese medicine does not represent the whole pharmaceutical market, only about 20-25% of it. There are certain categories of pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics that are not included in Chinese traditional medicine.
正如我刚才所说，中药治疗某些特殊疾病的确很有效，但它在所有药品中只占 20% 到 25% 的比例，并没有成为整个医药市场的中流砥柱。像抗生素之类的药品，在传统中药当中是没有的。
David:But antibiotics can be harmful if they are taken too often. All in all, Chinese medicine sounds healthier. Maybe I should go see a Chinese doctor if I get sick. Thanks.