While at Emperor's College clinic I listened to an intern try to explain the difference between traditional oriental medicine and western bioscience over the phone to a client, he struggled a bit with explaining Qi but Qi is just a part of the picture. Ted Kaptchuk in his classic: The Web That Has No Weaver is more helpful, to paraphrase:
Chinese medicine sees the relationship of the symptom to the whole being, distinguishing patterns of disharmony, while western bioscience searches for a symptom's cause irrespective of the individual. One embraces variables the other eliminates them. One is holistic, the other analytical. Both have much to offer, both are logical, neither can be discarded without hazard.
There is a well done and worthwhile video out now called "9000 Needles" - highly recommend it - young and fit man strokes- brainstem stroke, very devastating - runs out of insurance here and goes to stroke care clinic in china - watch his experience! I will be participating in the stroke care clinic here at Emperor's - very motivating!