Phase 0: Topic Exploration and Selection
I chose the topic of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) because I am very interested in medicine. Ever since my mom started watching House M.D., the TV show about medicine, I instantaneously developed a liking to medicine. The way the doctors treated their patients and the way they carefully examine then diagnose patients absolutely drew me into the world of medicine. The advancement of medicine has drastically improved and flourished in the past decade, and I hope to expand and increase my knowledge on the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is very different to Western medicine, I hope that in Xizhou I will be able to gain a decent understanding of TCM and to be able to have hands-on studies with their local doctor. I want to understand how TCM has affected people's lives, where it was rooted, and how it even began in first place. I also hope to be able to talk with not only the local doctor but also even patients who seek this form of treatment. Being in the countryside, I also hope to be able to go out there into nature to actually find some of the herbs they collect to make remedies.