The Chinese medical system comprises mostly of public and
private hospitals. Small and personalized clinics are still uncommon.
hospitals in China practize the Western medical treatment system
while a good percentage practizes Traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM). Increasingly, a large percentage of hospitals also practize
a mixture of Western and Chinese medicine.
a doctor in China
In large Chinese cities such as Shanghai or Beijing, there are
increasingly a large number of private clinics that are owned and
managed by Western doctors or Chinese doctors who have graduated
from a country such as USA or UK. Their treatment and management
patients are along those as practized in these western countries
but their fees tend to be high and most of their patients are
expatriates working in China and the occasional Western tourist.
out the any English newspaper or magazines available and you'll
usually find an advertisement for a Western clinic. Or ask any
China-based expatriate for a recommendation.
Chinese will visit a local hospital. If your company doesn't
cover medical expenses or you can't find a Western clinic because
you are in a much smaller town, you can also try visiting a local
medical care system is improving all the time but if you need
to visit a doctor in a local hospital, especially in a small
city, do be prepared for some cultural shock.
hospitals do not speak English. You will need to bring a friend
along who does. Local hospitals are still pretty poor in the
area of personal privacy and so do not be surprised if you share
a consulting room with more than one patient.
are mostly Western medical techniques including diagnosis, medication,
injection or the neccessary scans. However, medications can be
a mixture of
Western and Chinese drugs.
you need to be hospitalized, you may be shocked by the low hygiene
standard practized in the smaller hospitals and privacy is always
a problem as you are likely to share a ward with a few other
patients. Visiting hours tend not to be observed and some patients
has many visitors that may turned a shared ward into a noisy
room. You may find such lapse of privacy a major irritant.
medical research in China
China has a long history of medicine and medical research. Today, it is beginning
to stake it's claim on leading medical research with some highly regarded
health research breakthrough including gene therapy treatment for cancer victims.
Lin Dinggang is a famous medical doctor trained in John Hopkins
hospital in USA and returned to China to continue serving in
the area of gene therapy reseach and treatment for cancer. Dr
Lin has achieved much success for the use of Gendicine in treating
and fighting cancer with gene treatment. Dr Lin has cured many
patients of advanced cancer that many other doctors and hospitals
has given up hope on. In fact, Dr Lin is is so famous in successful
treatment of advanced and last stage cancer that many foreign
patients has made their own way to his hospital in Beijing,
Chinese Medicine (TCM)
If you are interested, you may want to visit a hospital or a clinic that specializes
in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This include Chinese diagnosis and treatment
and may include accupuncture, massage, herbal medicines, heat treatment etc.
has gained international recognition as a viable alternative
health treatment method and is even recognized by World Health
Organization for it's effectiveness in the treatment of certain
forms of illnesses
believes in the ying and yang of the body and it is usually described
as ri (heaty) or liang (cooling). When the heaty and cooling
elements of the body is not in balance, we fall sick. Chinese
herbal medicine is henced prescribed accordingly to the body
you have a minor ailment such as a cough or flu, Chinese medicine
(TCM) is surprisingly effective. Simply enter a medical hall
in the streets (looks like a common pharmacy) and they are likely
to have a TCM doctor in attendance. Tell them your problem and
they are likely to prescribe some herbs for you to boil and drink.
Alternatively, they may also have tablet forms of herbal medicine.
Take according to prescription and you may be surprised how
fast you can recover.
if you have a major injury or illness, it is always better to
seek Western medical help immediately.
believe in the adage that prevention is always better than
cure. Hence, it is very common to see Chinese practize Qi-Gong
or Tai-Chi(forms of Chinese martial arts) in parks and gardens
to achieve good internal health and strength. You may find
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you do not have time to pick up such skills, the Chinese always
believe that Tui-Na (a form of Chinese massage) and reflexology
massage) can go a long way towards maintaining good health.
Chinese has a long tradition for Chinese Kung Fu or martial arts.
Training injuries are very common and herbal plasters and ointments
to treat pain and ache are very popular and effective. If you
have pain, arthritis, stiff neck, backache and other pain problem,
do visit http://www.quick-pain-relief.com.
health tips for China
The best method to avoid seeing a doctor is not to fall ill. When
travelling, get plenty of rest and sleep. Drink plenty of fluid,
but in China, try to avoid drinking directly from the water tap.
Drink from bottled drinks and always boil the water if your only
choice is the tap.
eat in a restaurant that has plenty of customers. Avoid restaurants
that do not have customers and certainly avoid street stalls.
more information about Chinese culture and people, check
out this interesting China
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