Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia holds forum on Chinese and western medicine

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia [Time]    2016-05-04 16:51:40 

On March 31st, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia (UWA) held the first “China in Conversation” forum on the topic of “Seeking Harmony: Common Diseases in Chinese and Western Medicine”, aiming at exploring the possibility of the two philosophically different medical traditions and approaches being reconciled at the practical level. Speakers at this event were Prof. Barry Marshall and Prof. Geoff Riley from the School of Medicine and Pharmacology of UWA and Prof. Qian Xiaoyan from the Medical College of the Xiamen University. This forum was moderated by Iain Watt, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UWA.

Confucius Institute at UWA hosting the forum on Chinese and western medicine

Confucius Institute at UWA hosting the forum on Chinese and western medicine

As the Nobel Laureate in medicine in 2005 for his discovery of Helicobacter pylori, Prof. Marshall has been conducting extensive collaboration with medical scientists in China for around 20 years. Prof. Riley visited China on various occasions and has been active in training general practitioners in China. Prof. Qian Xiaoyan has been practicing and teaching traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for 30 years and is highly experienced in clinical treatment and theoretical research.

First of all, Professor Marshall made a prepared opening speech in Chinese, expressing his belief in the value in TCM and that TCM could be further developed with the help of new technologies of western medicine and western medicine could also learn from the ideas of TCM in achieving personalized and precision therapy.

Professor Qian gave an English presentation on the basic TCM principles of holistic view of human body and balance of yin and yang. Taking common cold, headache and strained neck as examples, she explained the TCM’s diagnostic methods of “observing, smelling, inquiring and pulse-taking” and elaborated the basic TCM treatments through acupuncture and curing based on the body’s main and collateral channel system and dietary therapy according to the warm or cold nature of food. Her easy-to-understand explanation helped the audience better understand the basic principles and wonderful effects of TCM.

Afterwards, the three experts dialogued on advantages of TCM and western medicine, similarities and differences in the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases, and the development of TCM. They also interacted with the audience on such issues as “What diseases is TCM good at diagnosis?”, “How effective is TCM for the early diagnosis of malignant diseases?”, “What diseases is TCM suitable for?”, “How can TCM and western medicine combined for better effect?”, “What is the efficacy of acupuncture anesthesia?”, and so on.

This forum was attended by around 150 local medical personnel and TCM and acupuncture practitioners, who also shared their opinions and attitudes towards TCM in their medical practice.

It is learned that the “China in Conversation” event is a high-level academic forum open to the public, and the Confucius Institute at UWA has made enormous efforts in organizing this event.