Long before I ever thought of going to China to teach, I was an advocate of Traditional Chinese medicine and went to the same Chinese herbalist/acupuncturist in NYC for over 20 years. Short of treating broken bones and other trauma that might result from an accident, I would always choose TCM, in which I believe strongly because it doesn’t pollute the body with drugs that, while treating an illness, end up seriously weakening the body’s immune system and liver. I’ve been fortunate, though, having suffered nothing more serious than some annual sinus and bronchial infections which, thanks to Dr. Fu, were always cured without my having to resort to the use of antibiotics.
I got sick with both of these conditions while in China, but finding a traditional practitioner turned out to be a far greater challenge than it had ever been in NYC. Everybody in my part of China was into western medicine, and I’d also been warned repeatedly to never, ever - no matter what - let someone take me to a hospital. I did eventually find a doctor who practiced both methods, and his herbal remedies brought relief from my respiratory issues.
BTW - in China antibiotics are available OTC, no prescription needed.