Chapter 28: Of Chinese Medicine and Balance | Speaking of China

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  1. melanie gao
    melanie gao February 23, 2010 at 6:39 am | | Reply

    Oh we were all constantly sick for the first year in Beijing! Seriously, each kid got that horrible IV antibiotic drip at least twice that year. We just weren’t used to the germs yet. Once we built up our immunities we were fine.

    I do get amused when people tell me that my kids are going to get sick because they’re not wearing enough layers of clothes in the winter. I tell them the truth, that my kids don’t feel cold the way we do. (I let them decide for themselves how many layers to wear in the winter.) And I love how we make it through the whole winter without anyone getting sick.

    Oh, and do you know almost everyone in high tech has the straightened-out neck?

  2. G.E. Anderson
    G.E. Anderson February 23, 2010 at 11:53 am | | Reply

    It’s funny how different cultures have different approaches when it comes to dealing with health. Having lived in both China and Japan, I have found that, in some ways the US finds a happy medium between the two.

    One example: Chinese parents bundle their children up with so many layers during the winter, they look as if they would bounce right back up if they were to fall. Japanese parents (at least those in Tokyo where I lived) force their young children to wear shorts during the middle of winter to “make them tough”. Somewhere around junior high age, Japanese children gain enough autonomy to dress themselves and naturally choose to bundle up like everyone else in winter.

    While I don’t necessarily subscribe to the “you’ll catch a cold if you don’t wear enough” school of medicine, I do think there are centuries of wisdom in Chinese medicine that can help us to improve our health — if not taken to ridiculous extremes.

  3. adam
    adam February 24, 2010 at 1:00 am | | Reply

    That’s interesting. I didn’t notice this difference that we’re wearing much more than others.
    I have to say our society and our world are changing so quick that I doubt the old ways or medicine can help us.

  4. 路易
    路易 February 24, 2010 at 2:03 am | | Reply

    I got the exact same advice you did when I got sick. I think that clean living may be a cooperative effort.

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