Dr. Hong Liu:
A Chinese Doctor in St. John's
Chinese medicine: A different type of medicine used by Chinese doctors;
medicine using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Establishment: An existing order or group
of people that is very powerful.
Acupuncture: Way of curing illnesses by putting needles into
a patient's body.
To practise: For a doctor to work as a doctor.
To refer: (For a doctor) to send a patient to another doctor.
A practice: A doctor's job, patients, and office.
Western medicine: Type of medicine used by family doctors and hospitals
everywhere in Canada;
"normal" medicine with drugs,
X-ray, and surgery.
Alternative medicine: A term used in Canada describing any kind of
medicine that is not Western medicine: Chinese medicine, acupuncture,
Aboriginal medicine, herbal medicine, etc.
Symptom: The pain or discomfort a person feels if he/she is ill. For
example, a symptom of a heart attack is a pain in the chest. A symptom
of a cold is a runny nose.
Holistic: A type of medicine where the whole person is treated, not
just the symptoms of a disease.
Qualification: An exam which has been passed.
Personal empowerment: A feeling of being in control; the ability to
make decisions and follow a plan.