Welcome

Welcome from the president

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On behalf of MedChine asbl I welcome all our members and future members. I have been working as a general practitioner and acupuncturist in Luxembourg for 23 years and have been devoting myself to the beneficial synergy of the two so different medicines. Personally I am totally convinced that two ends will always meet somewhere somehow, and anytime in the global world. This Association will be able to promote a better understanding, a better support, and a better treatment for all our patients and will always maintain a good common sense how to use these two medicines yet so old and yet so dynamic.

Dr. Lau Yvonne

Welcome from the Vice President

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My first memories of popular medicine go back to my childhood. In my family certain illnesses, wounds or bruises were treated with herbs or other means never mentioned by our doctors or pharmacists. These treatments were often successful, although one may suspect that only their successes were talked about, not their failures…

As a student in the US, I spent a summer working with Navajo Indians in New Mexico. I met one of their respected medicine men. He impressed me by his knowledge of health problems and by the numerous “unconventional” means he knew to treat them. I should add that he actually was obliged to treat these patients, as there were no “scientific” doctors available on the Indian reservation.

Also, during my diplomatic assignment to Russia, I remember how my Russian doctor friends just laughed when “old women cures” were talked about. And yet, given the unbelievable shortcomings of soviet health care, many patients turned to traditional “healers”. I came to know some of them personally and met a few of their patients, who assured me that they had been cured or at least greatly relieved of pain and handicap.

Of course, I do not think that in countries like Luxembourg, popular health care should ever take the place of western (i.e. scientific) medicine. But why should we not make use also of age-old experience in this field? I thus believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine can play a positive role as an ancillary complement to scientific methods. All the more, as there are many examples of western research inspired or based on time old popular knowledge or tradition, I therefore express the hope that the newly created association, “MedChine” asbl, may be able to play a positive role in counselling people who ask for advice and help through the methods and means of Chinese health care.

Guy de Muyser

Letter from Director Zhi Xiang SHEN

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中华人民共和国国家 中医药管理局
STATE ADMINISTRATION OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

It is my great pleasure to be Honorary President of MedChine.Chinese Medicine is a precious part of the Chinese culture. For thousands of years it has contributed to the prosperity and health of the Chinese population. Because of this, the Chinese government supports the continuing development of Chinese Medicine and the integration between Western and Chinese culture and medical traditions for the wellbeing of mankind.

I am confident that MedChine will unfold the mutual advantages and special features of both China and Europe. It will contribute greatly to the globalization of Chinese Medicine and the development of an international health system.

I wish MedChine a bright future!

Zhi Xiang SHEN