New Patients at the Hospital
The students return to the Beijing TCM Hospital, learn new techniques, follow up with old patients and make new friends.
After a busy weekend, it felt like a long time since we had been at the hospital and we were out of the swing of things. Jiulin was still away in Shanghai so we were on our own getting to the hospital. We were certain that 2 buses could get us there and we hopped on the first of them that came along. Unfortunately, instead of the 111, which is what we got on, the 118 is what we needed. Oops! Good thing we noticed right away and it was a simple fix.
In the morning we were accompanied by Ada following Dr. Wong again. There has been one little girl (3 years old) coming to see him who is absolutely adorable. Her mother and father come for treatment as well so she is there for a good couple hours each day. She is a sassy little thing who doesn’t really like her treatment, but loves the attention it gets her. The first couple times she got needled she would cry and try to wriggle away. She is getting much better, but this last time when Dr. Wong came to treat she called him “bao dao” which we were told means “rule by the force of dictators”. Her parents say that acupuncture is definitely improving her condition. The family doesn’t actually live in Beijing, they are staying in the city during the course of their treatment in order to receive treatment form the well known doctors here. They are not alone in this practice, there are actually a number of people doing the same thing.
This week we once again had the opportunity to follow Dr. Wong, Dr. Xia, Dr. Mah, and, Dr. Zhang Xian. Seeing them and their patients again, it was nice to reinforce what we have seen the first couple times, and to observe any progression in the conditions of their patients.
We also had the opportunity to follow some new doctors with new specialties. Dr. Cheng Zhi Liu had a patient with Parkinson’s. She was not getting satisfying results with western treatments, and since starting acupuncture two years ago. Her symptoms, while not improving significantly, seem to have stopped progressing. He also used point injections on his patients. This is definitely not something we can do at home but it was fascinating to see and discuss.
We had the opportunity to meet and learn from Dr. She Ji Lin who is a multi generation tui na master, specializing in pediatrics. He is well known for his work, and people come from far and wide to have him work on their children. He showed us how to do the major techniques, and tried it out on each other, which created a few yelps. Adults have more muscle and tighter fascia the techniques are painful and not ideal for us.
Dr. Zhang Jie was the second doctor in the psychosomatic department we had a chance to follow, it was interesting to see a different approach to treating anxiety, depression, insomnia and other mental/emotional conditions.
At the end of the week we had the honor of following the number #1 in the hospital Dr. Zhou De. In fact Dr. Xia is still currently a student of his, learning from all of his experience. He treats the conditions we have grown used to as well a quite a few children with conditions ranging from ADHA to congenital weakness, as well as eye disorders. None of the doctors here are shy about needling close to the eye, and Dr Zhou De has no problem getting right in there as well. Even on the most squirming little patients, the poor little guys try pretty hard to get away but with someone who has been doing this as long as Dr. Zhou de has there is no getting out of it.
So that was the daytime of our week. We had some interesting non-hospital times, but more on that later.
Four acupuncture students from MacEwan University are learning and traveling in China this month.