Chinese Traditional Medicine


考试与评价·高一版 2020年3期


Scientist Francis Bacon once gave a high opinion, when he praised China's four great inventions' contribution to the world, saying, “They completely changed the world's appearance. There was no other country, religion, or person who displayed as big an influence on human progress than them.” There were many great inventions in ancient China. Traditional Chinese Medicine (also known as TCM) is one of them. TCM is not only a general invention, but also a great invention, which in fact, can be called the “fifth great invention in ancient China”.

First, TCM (the classical Chinese medicine system, which developed from ancient times to 1840) was created by China and is an outstanding representative of ancient China's science and technology.

Second, since the 1970s, Chinese medicine has spread to more than 140 countries and areas. Its scientific value and great effect have been recognised by the medical circle and accepted by more and more people.

Third, as a “great invention”, Chinese medicine has value and significance that are recognised by the whole world.

Chinese Medicine's Importance to Civilisation and Society.

For one thing, Chinese medicine has many differences to western medicine. Chinese medicine can use its advantages to cover the disadvantages of western medicine, contributing to overall (全面的) human health.

Next, Chinese medicine is deeply rooted in the study of life flow in the human body. Many famous foreign medical scientists have repeatedly pointed out that the theory of jingluo is profound (精深的) and significant, adding that if China wants to take the Nobel Prize in medicine, Chinese medicine would be the most promising subject.

China's famous scientist Qian Xuesen once said that the modernisation in Chinese medicine would result in a breakthrough in human science and cause a new Renaissance (復兴) in the East.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Has Surpassed (超越) Other Four Great Inventions.

First, TCM is different from papermaking, gunpowder, compass, and movable printing (which are technological inventions) in that TCM is more of an academic (学术的) system both in technology and science.

TCM surpasses the other four big inventions in scientific discovery and contribution. It has its special theory system, prevention and control principle, and treatment method. The most important is its understanding and control in the complex phenomenon of human life.

Second, the original four great inventions were the products of a single person or dynasty. However, TCM is created by medicine scientists over countless generations. In particular, TCM is a product of the long-existent traditional Chinese civilisation, and contains a spirit richly full of philosophy and humanity, covering aspects like academic thought, theory viewpoint, and clinical practice.

Therefore, TCM's contribution to the world is not only an original medical system but also a part of China's traditional culture.

Writing Task: Which would you choose, TCM or western medicine?

Recently you and your friends have a heated discussion on “Which would you choose, TCM or western medicine?” Now write an article in about 100 words to express your opinion.


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