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This photo taken on December 13 shows Cheung Chun Hoi, an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

By promoting the development of TCM, Hong Kong focuses on the modernization and internationalization of TCM, led by standardization and innovation efforts.

HONG KONG, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Many herbal teas sold in Hong Kong have Chinese medicinal herbs as their main ingredients and have long been shown to protect health from the local hot and humid climate.

Herbal teas, mostly based on recipes, are considered a prominent example of the homology between medicine and food, a conception of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Drinking homemade herbal teas to feel fit is a memory of Cheung Chun Hoi’s childhood. “Certain herbal teas have medicinal value,” he said, professionally, as a registered practitioner of TCM.

Cheung in 2014 graduated with a second degree from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) School of Chinese Medicine. The 34-year-old is now an assistant professor in the school’s clinical division.

The HKBU Chinese Medicine School was founded in 1998, one year after Hong Kong returned to the motherland, and was the first of its kind among the local universities. “The event marks the beginning of MTC’s academic education in Hong Kong,” said Li Min, associate dean of the school.

This photo taken on December 9 shows Li Min, associate dean of the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine. (Xinhua/Qu Junya)

TRANSMISSION OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

“The development of TCM in Hong Kong would have been impossible if it were not for the political support of the central government and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government,” Li stressed.

After his return to the motherland in 1997, regulations including a practitioner registration system and Chinese herbal medicine standards were introduced in Hong Kong to bring order to a TCM desert. The moves have ensured a higher quality TCM healthcare service for local residents.

Meanwhile, academic education and research in TCM have flourished.

According to Li, more than 900 students have so far graduated from the HKBU Chinese medical school after also receiving a proper education in Western medicine, working as doctors, pharmacists, acupuncturists or nutritionists, among others.

Li said students at the school are required to memorize the classics of TCM so the fundamentals are kept alive and well informed, while clinical trainings punctuate their study from grades 1 to 6, including three months of specialized research and a one year internship.

The school has many TCM professors from mainland cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Nanjing. Cheung said his mentors had trained him to become a competent orthopedist while instilling in him a sense of responsibility to carry on traditional Chinese medicine.

“A Determined Life!” he said. Although local TCM practitioners earn less than their Western medicine counterparts, Cheung prides himself that he can often cure where Western medicine fails using tui-na, acupuncture and other TCM techniques. “I have no excuses.”

This photo taken on December 16 shows Cheung Chun Hoi, an assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine, in a treatment session. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

INNOVATION AND MODERNIZATION

By promoting the development of TCM, Hong Kong focuses on the modernization and internationalization of TCM, led by standardization and innovation efforts.

Li studied traditional Chinese medicine at two mainland universities and joined HKBU after earning a doctorate in biomedicine from Japan’s Tokai University. The fifty-year-old professor teaches internal medicine at TCM and focuses her research work on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Her team has been developing new medicines based on ancient TCM formulas and has been granted several related patents.

It involves turning six herbal medicines into a new TCM pill, which is a versatile small-molecule organic compound, or a new modern “bottle,” a process, according to Li, of exploring ancient treasures of TCM china, carry out interdisciplinary research, employing modern technology and creating a new solution.

However, when developing new TCM drugs, Li urged equal commitment to finding the disease mechanism, noting that “the TCM principle of syndrome differentiation and treatment should never be given up.”

Li said Hong Kong’s great advantage in TCM innovation is that it is a multicultural society characterized by openness, inclusiveness and global thinking, which he defined as key factors, in addition to extensive research cooperation, to promote effective understanding, study and application of TCM throughout the world. for the benefit of all mankind.

This photo taken on December 13 shows a traditional Chinese clinic in Hong Kong, China. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

BEST SERVICE TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS

In Hong Kong, in the first half of 2022, Chinese medicine played a huge role in containing an aggressive fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving another milestone after helping defeat the 2003 SARS outbreak.

From February to May, the HKBU school of Chinese medicine alone provided a free online service for more than 41,000 people with confirmed cases while prescribing and distributing more than 170,000 doses of herbal medicines, the data showed. In addition, he had managed the Kai Tak care center for the Hong Kong SAR government, providing hospital services to more than 130 infected elderly people.

While cherishing the memory of his experience at both events, Cheung said he now looks forward to working with his schoolmates at Hong Kong’s first TCM hospital.

On June 2, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of the Chinese Medicine Hospital and the neighboring HKSAR Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute, marking a new milestone in the development of local TCM.

The projects are scheduled to be completed in 2025, and the HKBU Chinese medical school has been commissioned by the HKBSAR government to operate the hospital in partnership.

The HKSAR government announced its policy to incorporate Chinese medicine into Hong Kong’s public health system in 2018, initially by subsidizing certain outpatient services at 18 district clinics.

HKBU School of Chinese Medicine, which currently runs 10 clinics of its own, has witnessed and supported the expanded coverage of TCM community service in Hong Kong. Among the clinics, Lui Seng Chun in Kowloon reports a daily average of 75 outpatient visits with up to four professionals working at the same time. As of the end of November this year, it had received about 550,000 visitors since it started operating in 2012, according to HKBU data.

However, nearly half the visitor arrival figure is due to tourists drawn to the renovated four-story Tong Lau, a Hong Kong landmark. The building, completed in 1931, has a cultural charm partly due to the mixture of Chinese and Western building styles.

Its ground floor housed a pharmacy selling a bone-setting potion known in traditional Chinese medicine, and there is now a stall, with three large bronze gourd-shaped teapots on the counter, selling herbal teas, including at least two of the new ones from the HKBU teacher. prescriptions.

“What a multicultural heritage site!” Li affirmed. In addition to the consultation rooms, the top two floors of Tong Lau also have exhibition panels placed along the corridor, which tell of the evolutions of Lui Seng Chun as well as the development of a new era of TCM in Hong Kong.

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