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Further problems[edit]

One problem with this terminology is how embedded it really is in modern Chinese culture. In everyday Mandarin, people use the terms 西药 (xi yao, "Western medicine") and 中药 (zhong yao, "Chinese medicine"), and hospitals in China will usually prescribe both. It's easy to tell which is which, as the Western medicines will usually have the English or international name of the medicine, while the Chinese traditional medicines will only list the Chinese name transliterated into pinyin. The Chinese traditional medicines will look like regular pills, syrups, or powders, but have much higher doses and the ingredients will all be herbs. It's a very problematic choice of words as it ignores the fact that many innovations made in "Western" (science-validated) medicine have actually been discovered by modern Chinese doctors, scientists, and researchers (as well as scientists from other non-Western countries like Japan, India, and South Korea). Western countries have had their own folk remedies and traditional medicines throughout history, too, many of which are still employed in households (chicken soup for colds, chamomile tea for insomnia and cramps, cola syrup for nausea). -- (talk) 04:42, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

All good points. Feel free to add this to the article. WeaseloidWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 07:58, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

We should rename this article from Western medicine to Scientific medicine.[edit]

--BeardOfZeus (talk) 23:28, 19 October 2021 (UTC)

Vaccines and plastic surgery is based in the East not the West. Thus, they are both not Western medicines. BeardOfZeus (talk) 23:29, 19 October 2021 (UTC)
Did you read the article? This is not to be confused with the article on evidence-based medicine. 𝒮𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑒 talk 23:33, 19 October 2021 (UTC)
Yeah what's the difference? BeardOfZeus (talk) 00:59, 21 October 2021 (UTC)
The difference is that our article on evidence-based medicine is about evidence-based medicine, whereas this article is about the term western medicine. We also already have an article called Science-Based Medicine, which is about a blog. 𝒮𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑒 talk 01:25, 21 October 2021 (UTC)
Ok thanks for explaining. Your a nice user compared to others. BeardOfZeus (talk) 01:27, 21 October 2021 (UTC)