As a child born to two Western physicians, I used to ignore any treatments that did not come from a pharmacist. If I had an infection, I was prescribed antibiotics like candy. If I had a pimple, I was prescribed a slew of hormonal medications. 

No one taught me that health could also mean preventative measures. I am forever grateful for my parent’s vast knowledge of western medicine as they treated my illnesses as a child. 

However, I have since encountered several other medical issues that couldn’t be fixed with a simple prescription. Eastern medicine has come in to help.



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Hannah Keenan

Hannah Keenan is a student at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and Mandarin. Hannah’s interests are human rights and culture.