Often clients ask me what’s the difference with regards to Chinese Medicine in China, in comparison to Chinese medicine in Australia?
I wanted to give my readers an inside view of my China trip in 2011 and how Chinese medicine works so well.
I went to Hangzhou Zhejiang International where I completed an intensive 3-month internship, having over 10 years experience I thought it was time to return to the roots of where Traditional Chinese Medicine originated dating back over 2000 years ago.
Throughout China there are about 2,853 (from IBIS world industry market research report March 2012) traditional Chinese medicine hospitals, it not so common that you will find small clinics like you do in back here Australia. The hospitals have in-patience, over night wards and out-patience.
It is amazing to see how both Medicines are integrated, western medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine are working together hand in hand.
Throughout the hospitals there are different clinical departments, which include:
- Acupuncture Department
- Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine
- Department of Massage
Chinese massage is an important process of healing especially for treating prolapse of lumbar inter-vertebral, osteo-arthritis, the treatment of Dislocated Small Joints of Lumbar Vertebrae with the ‘Pull-Rotate Plus Leg-Pulling’ method, and the successful therapy of manipulation in treating Pediatric Diarrhea, Malnutrition, and Muscle-related Torticollis. Headache, Epigastric Pain, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Insomnia and Sequelae of Strokes are also treated in this department.
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
- Department of Gynecology
- Department of Pediatrics
- Department of Neurology
- Department of Dermatology
- An herbal pharmacy where raw herbal formals are made for each individual patient both in the wards and out patience.
A typical day in a hospital includes the patient arrival on the ground floor to check in; here they decide to choose either Chinese medicine or western medicine as their treatment.
Then the registrar decides what department is needed for that patient.
Predominantly acupuncture and Chinese medicine is the main choice of treatment and a small percentage use western medicine.
The patients receive regular treatments or if advised then daily treatments will be required depending on what their condition.
In the time I was there it was good to see patient improvements and changes in their health, if only we had those hospital here in Australia, maybe our health would be different.
Having those faculties and treating our health with herbal medicine and acupuncture.