Zhejiang Promotes TCM Services Abroad

 January 29, 2018
A delegation from Belarus visits Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM in November, 2017. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]

 

A medical service center specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was recently opened in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, thanks to a cooperation program between the Eastern European country and East China's Zhejiang province.

The move came in response to a national call to promote TCM, which was proposed by the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Zhou Haijiang, an acupuncturist at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM, said the popularity of acupuncture is beyond comprehension.

Zhou, along with two other TCM doctors, arrived in Minsk on Jan 16. They were awaited by a group of patients who had made appointments by telephone.

"Acupuncture was introduced to Belarus 30 years ago," Zhou said, adding that traditional Chinese methods of treatment like acupuncture and tuina (literally meaning "push-and-pinch"), are quite popular there.

The three doctors from Zhejiang brought some equipment for TCM treatment, such as cupping jars and moxa sticks for moxibustion therapy.

During their 16-day stay in Belarus, they will perform demonstrations of TCM therapy and promote knowledge of TCM. Acupuncture and tuina will be the focus of the training for local medical workers.

An official from Minsk's health department said TCM is neither conservative nor primitive. She changed her opinion on it when she inspected the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM and some other enterprises in the field last November.

The visit also helped spur on the cooperation project between Belarus and Zhejiang.

As the project develops, more TCM experts from Zhejiang will visit Belarus. At present, another five TCM centers are planned to open across the country, following the one in Minsk.

A similar TCM center will open in Tel Aviv, Israel in four months. The project will be carried out by the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM and its Israeli counterparts in order to promote cooperation on clinical treatment, talent training and legislation.

It is the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine's first international cooperation project in Israel, a country which is part of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

In early 2008, Israel sent college students and doctors to study and work in the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM. Locals are now becoming familiar with TCM, as the exchange program has developed quickly in the past 10 years.

"Almost every clinic in Israel has doctors who have received training in the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM, and some of them have even become notable TCM doctors or teachers," said Huang Qi, Party chief of the hospital.

According to the China-Israeli TCM Center Program, a TCM education center will be established in Israel's Reidman College, where people studying TCM will receive training. Zhejiang's TCM technology will be promoted in over 70 clinics across the country through a cooperation project with a local medical center.

Six students from South Korea's Dongshin University have finished their two-week internships at Zhejiang Province's Tongde Hospital. One of them said that he wanted to apply the TCM techniques he learned in the hospital to clinical treatment. According to him, the techniques can relieve the pain caused by anesthesia.

Tongde has cooperated with South Korea's Dongshin University and Kyung Hee University since 2014. It has launched joint medical centers in four hospitals affiliated with Dongshin University. Tongde also sends doctors to work there and provides internships for students from the two universities.

Jiang Yihua, head of the hospital's Office of International Exchange and Cooperation, said that traditional medicine enjoys great popularity among the public in South Korea.

Traditional medicine in China, Japan and South Korea all belong to the category of Eastern medicine, and therefore it is easy to promote TCM in these countries, Jiang added.

In a well-known clinic in Copenhagen, Denmark, there is a native doctor with the Chinese name Long Mading. He graduated with a major in tuina from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in 2009 and has now become a famous TCM doctor renowned for his acupuncture and tuina skills.  

Long Mading said TCM has certain advantages in treating chronic diseases, so he is encouraging more people in Denmark to learn about it.

Zhejiang Chinese Medical University has trained more than 5,000 students from around 60 countries and regions since 1985. About 600 international students attended the university last year. It has established a Confucius Institute at Coimbra University in Portugal, and a TCM center at "Vasile Goldis" Western University in Romania. 

In addition, the university has cooperated with over 90 medical and research organizations in around 30 countries and regions.

Xu Weiwei, head of the provincial administration of traditional Chinese medicine said that the philosophy promoted by TCM and TCM therapies such as tuina, massage and cupping are gaining more recognition worldwide.

 

Doctors from the United States study traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhejiang. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]

 

(Source: China Daily)

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