"They thought the shock should cure him"

The attempts made by Luo's friends to cure him of malaria are based on 中醫 (pronounced Zhong Yi), the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for over 2,000 years, and contrary to the philosophy of Western Medicinal practices is primarily concerned with preventing disease rather than curing it. It utilizes concepts such as Yin and Yang, Harmony, Chi-gong, and acupuncture. Diseases are treated as a "disharmony" within the system as a whole, rather than a flaw in a specific organ.