English Conversation 6:
Fei gives some advice to Jerry, who isn't feeling well
Fei: Maybe you should try some traditional Chinese medicine.
Fei: Hi Jerry, what's wrong? You look a bit under the weather.
Jerry: I'm not feeling very well. I seem to be coming down with another cold.
Fei: Not again! You had a cold last month, and the month before that, too.
Jerry: Well, there's not much I can do about it. I'm not sick on purpose. All I can do is take some medicine and take it easy.
Fei: Would you mind if I made a suggestion?
Jerry: No, I don't mind. Go ahead.
Jerry: If it can help me get rid of this cold, I'd be willing to give it a shot.
Fei: Actually, it might not make a difference with this cold, but it can make your whole body stronger so you won't catch so many colds.
Jerry: What's so special about traditional Chinese medicine?
Fei: One special point is that it's all natural. Chinese medicine is made from plants, not chemicals, which means there are few side-effects.
Jerry: That's a big advantage. Some people can't stand the thought of taking medicine because of all the chemicals.
Fei: Another advantage is that Chinese medicine works slowly, so it keeps your body healthy in the long run.
Jerry: That sounds like just what I need! But, how does traditional Chinese medicine work?
Fei: Basically, it helps balance two opposing forces in your body. In Chinese, we call these forces "Yin", which is cold, dark and quiet, and "Yang", which is hot, bright and active. If you have either too much "Yin" or too much "Yang", your body is out of balance, and you are more likely to get sick. The purpose of traditional Chinese medicine is to put "Yin" and "Yang" back in balance.
Jerry: I see. So how can I get my hands on some Chinese medicine. Can I buy it in any pharmacy?
Fei: First, you should be examined by a traditional doctor. I know a good doctor just around the corner.
Jerry: I'm a bit afraid, Fei. Will he give me any shots or anything like that?
Fei: Don't be afraid, Jerry. The doctor will just feel your pulse and check the color of your tongue. It's very simple and painless!
Jerry: Great! I have some free time at the end of next week. How's your schedule on Thursday or Friday?
Fei: I'm free both days. I'll call the doctor to set up an appointment, then let you know what has been decided.
Jerry: That's wonderful Fei. It should be a very interesting experience for me.