Chinese Culture

This week we learned a lot about the Chinese culture. I didn’t know much about the culture at all. I focused a lot of my research on their culture and healthcare. This culture prefers a holistic approach to healthcare. They believe that diseases and conditions can be caused by an imbalance of yin and yang or by certain foods or medicines. They follow a diet where they eat either “hot” or “cold” foods depending on their health condition. The Chinese culture used a Western medicine approach for acute illnesses and a more traditional and holistic approach for chronic diseases. Some common problems in the Chinese culture are lack of insurance, not understanding Western medicine, and being unable to pay for healthcare. When I become a nurse, it will be important for me to ask about their diet. It will also be important for me to communicate well with the patient and answer any questions they may have.

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