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[Guangzhou] Traditional cures draw foreigners
Latest Updated by 2005-09-07 09:20:49

A RECENT survey showed that foreigners accounted for more than 40 percent of the patients at Guangzhou's community hospitals specializing in traditional Chinese medicine and therapy, the Guangzhou Daily reported Tuesday (September 6th).

Like many Westerners, Donald, an American patient, said he could not understand traditional Chinese therapy at first, but started taking to it after he tried it several times at a community hospital in Guangzhou.

Community hospitals in Liwan, Shamian and Xiguan said their foreign patients mainly came from the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. These patients visited the hospitals for traditional Chinese therapy at night or during weekends as a way of relaxing.

Massage, acupuncture and cupping were the most popular methods among foreign visitors, the report said.

"They are very curious about traditional Chinese therapy and medicine and always have a lot of questions to us," said a doctor surnamed Zhao at a hospital in Liwan.

For some Guangzhou citizens, traditional therapy is a necessity of daily life, as much as a visit to the beauty salon or gym.

Huang, a civil servant in Liwan, said she suffered from a persistent backache but could not find either the source or the cure. She then visited a community hospital featuring traditional Chinese therapy and found her situation improving gradually.

More and more talented doctors in traditional Chinese medicine have begun working in community hospitals, sources from the Guangzhou Municipal Health Bureau say.

Zhao Guangwei, head of the traditional Chinese medicine association in California, the United Sates, said he visited Guangzhou community hospitals regularly with his Western colleagues and exchanged ideas with his Chinese peers.

Editor: Wing

By:Windy Shao Source:Szdaily web edition
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