Traditional Chinese healing and
medicinal herbs in China is not an archaic code of instructions
present only in old books. It is a living system which is used
today in combination with allopathic medicine in a unique synthesis.
For instance, in the teaching hospitals of Peking, surgery will be
carried out in the Western manner with highly advanced equipment, but
the anesthetist may use acupuncture instead of pentothal, and herbal
preparations will be used for pre- and post-operative treatment.
It seems remarkable that interest in
natural food remedies and Chinese herbal medicine are still been
widely practiced in this age of rapid and continuing breakthroughs in
medical science. The search for alternative medical treatment methods
outside of Western medical practice for people who suffer from chronic
ailments or diseases has resulted in the realization of this natural
food remedies and Chinese herbal medicine. A rural health system has
been instituted in China in which doctors, trained in the major
teaching hospitals, then spread out to the rural areas and in turn
train health workers at the village level. These famous
'barefoot doctors' teach disease prevention, sanitation and first aid.
Deadly diseases such as cholera and smallpox have been completely
eliminated in China in a remarkably short time by this system.
At the same time, knowledge of
traditional Chinese medicine has spread in the opposite direction -
from the villages to the cities where it is now studied at research
institutes. Here it is investigated and researched in an
open-minded way, with full awareness of ancient medical principles.
The result has been most successful, for in that way the Chinese can
call upon the experience of 4000 years of experiment and knowledge of
herbs. A Chinese physician
prescribes treatment according to the signs and symptoms that presents
itself, while the Western physician, treat on the specific diseased
organs rather than the diseased body.