In China, the Classical Jing Fang approach of treating the person, not the disease, has been criticized as unscientific. In answer to this accusation, Professor Hu Xi-Shu would often say:
“Etiology, pathology and disease location constitute the three elements of disease classification. Western medicine can clearly tell people the name of their disease, even if cannot cure it, therefore it is scientific. Chinese medicine can cure diseases, but cannot clearly name them, so it is unscientific”.
The famous 19th Century doctor Jiang Taiyin said:
“Chinese medicine stems from experience and is based on clinical evidence, which is scientific in nature. It comes from experiments on people, that are more reliable than experiments on animals!”