Chinese medicine is surging in popularity in the U.S., with doctors in states such as Utah and Pennsylvania taking a more holistic approach to their work.
The field of Western medicine is also gaining steam in Europe, where doctors are increasingly seeing patients from different cultures and from other countries, including China.
In China, many patients will have more Western-derived health care professionals on staff, a trend that has helped boost its economy.
And a growing number of doctors and nurses are studying and teaching the Chinese language.
Western medicine, also called naturopathic medicine, is the study of natural remedies that are traditionally based on herbs and natural substances, such as honey, wine and tea.
Its practitioners claim that they are able to treat ailments that have been difficult to treat in traditional Chinese medicine and have been overlooked by Western doctors.
It also is believed to help people cope with stress and mental health issues, as well as boost metabolism.
The trend has made it attractive to Americans who have been drawn to the American dream, said Peter Diamandis, who heads the Center for Health Policy at the University of Michigan.
Many of the top doctors and other medical professionals are based in Washington state, where about 40% of U.N. graduates are trained, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The surge of Western medical schools, as seen in the numbers of Chinese medical graduates, has also boosted their pay.
Chinese-born doctors in the Pacific Northwest and California earn between $80,000 and $110,000, according a 2013 survey by the National Science Foundation.
The national average is $93,000.
The boom in Western medical students, which have increased to more than 800,000 in the past decade, is being fueled in part by the growing demand for American medical graduates.
But Chinese students, who account for about 4% of medical graduates nationwide, are more likely to have more advanced degrees, said David T. Dillingham, a professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
They also tend to be more highly educated than their American counterparts, Dillingborough said.
“We have a growing middle class of Chinese in the world who are getting educated and getting the training they need to do well,” he said.
For the past two decades, Chinese medical students have been studying abroad in Canada and other parts of the world, often for two or three years.
The number of Chinese graduates at U.
Va. rose to more that 300 in 2013, compared with around 100 in 2000, according the UVA Center for International Studies.
“Chinese-Americans are the largest contingent of the U-Va.
graduate population and a growing percentage of that population,” said Mark K. Giannini, who directs the center.
Giannini said the Chinese community there has welcomed the growing numbers of U-VAs and has developed its own language for teaching Chinese.
The students in the program speak Mandarin, a language that has its own pronunciation.
“They’re very receptive to learning English, but also very open to having an education and getting to know their neighbors,” he added.
“When we teach Mandarin, we teach them how to be good Americans,” Gianninis said.