"It's not because I can't find Western medicine," she told AFP, "but because it's effective and soothing."
"I also make myself a hot soup of pears and hot water with lemon, to boost vitamin C and my immunity."
Some people AFP spoke to were unconvinced.
"We young people know little about traditional medicine," said Grace Hsia, a 30-year-old director. "We usually prefer Western medicines because they have immediate results."
Li Na, a 36-year-old Beijing woman, said: "I took paracetamol for a fever and it worked very quickly.
"Chinese medicines are ineffective. People take them more to reassure themselves that they are taking something."
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