BEIJING, Oct. 23 -- Six senior traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners held a free clinic for residents in Shenzhen Saturday morning.
They were among a total of 67 TCM practitioners in Shenzhen offering free consultation in different parts to mark the 16th World Traditional Medicine Day, which fell on yesterday.
Wang Li, a businesswoman who runs a company in Futian District of Shenzhen, said she was lucky to receive advice from Yang Zhuoxin, president of the Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital (STCMH).
"I frequently suffer insomnia and a backache, due to high pressure at work and a lack of time to exercise," she said.
Yang listened to her complaints, felt her pulse, prescribed several herbs, and showed her how to stretch her neck and spine backwards to counter the ill-effects of sitting in front of a computer for a long period of time.
The doctors present at the free clinic prescribed medicines as well as tips for a healthier life.
Apart from the elderly people who tend to trust TCM, many young adults also brought their children to the clinic.
"Traditional Chinese medicine has better effects on certain chronicle diseases like liver problems and gynecologic diseases," said Zhao Zhixin, an official with the Futian District Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. He also explained that many Cantonese people are open to TCM treatment as it has a long tradition involving herbs and massage.
On Oct. 7, Zhang Gongyao, a professor at Central South University in Hunan, called on Internet users to sign a petition calling for the banning of TCM from hospitals. He sad that TCM was not strictly scientific.
Health Ministry spokesperson Mao Qun'an dismissed the call as absurd four days later though media reports said more than 10,000 people had signed the petition.
"Traditional Chinese medicine is useful in treating some common diseases, and has the advantage of less side effects over Western medical treatment," said STCMH chief Yang Zhuoxin, "thus some call it green cure."
"The concept of comprehensive treatment, including diet control and psychological consultation, as well as prevention preferred over treatment, is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese medicine," he said. "Many kinds of illnesses are the result of unhealthy life styles and we suggest people to take precautions in daily life."
"Besides, Chinese medicine is much cheaper than Western-style treatment, so that the majority of Chinese can afford it."
Acupuncture has been popular in the United States since 1975. Today, there are more than 10,000 registered traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and around 30 Chinese traditional medicine colleges in that country. Most of the practitioners are from China, Japan and South Korea.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily)