Traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Namibia breathes new life into locals
A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic in the Namibian capital Windhoek has brought hope and improved health to many residents.
The African Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, which became operational in 2018, offers patients various TCM treatments such as acupuncture, cupping and tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage).
Particularly effective diseases treated include paralysis, insomnia, hemiplegia and knee joint pain, among others, said its founder, Dr. Wang Peng.
âIn treating patients, the goal is to give people hope and better health,â Wang said.
Witnesses to the improvement of their health, the inhabitants testify to the impact of TCM.
Mwahangapo Veico, from Windhoek, suffered a stroke in early 2020. Although she underwent various therapeutic exercises, she was not making rapid progress.
Through a referral, in August of last year, she visited the clinic. After a few sessions of acupuncture and therapy, the health of Veico, 66, began to improve.
âWhen I got here, I couldn’t wash myself or do basic activities. I couldn’t raise my hand either. Then Dr. Wang inserted needles all over my body. Today I can walk, do many activities, âsaid Veico. noted.
Although fearful of needles and mistrust at first, while the outpatient TCM treatment works, she has become a regular patient. She is now optimistic about her once-bleak future.
“It’s the pursuit of good health and good care received here that brings me back. I call it a second chance at life,” said Veico.
According to Wang, at first, many people did not believe that we only used needles and other external treatment methods because they are used to oral medications and other methods.
âAlthough we have helped demystify the general beliefs that needles used in acupuncture are painful,â he said.
Over time, the clinic gained popularity with the local population through referrals and word of mouth from patients. To date, the cumulative number of patients treated since inception stands at 2,500. Some patients even come from as far away as local towns like Oshakati, Ondangwa and Katima Mulilo in the north of the country.
“We had a patient from Katima Mulilo who came in a wheelchair. After two acupuncture sessions, he improved. A lot of people come to see us, the patients have obtained exceptional results and are satisfied with the treatment,” did he declare.
The accelerated progression of patients is also attributed to the diverse and integrative therapeutic approach used by the clinic.
âTo ensure holistic recovery of patients, we also recommend therapy and physical activity for rehabilitation depending on the condition,â Wang added.
It is also fortunate that TCM is being recognized more for its impact nationwide, especially within the medical fraternity.
âThe local doctors who administer Western medicine do a lot of work to help patients. But if they are not resolved, some refer patients to me. It satisfies me that they recognize the impact of TCM and know that we can help each other to restore health to people. Of course, our treatment is complementary, “added Wang.
At the same time, Wang said that the registration of TCM in the health care system in Namibia by the Namibian Association of Medical Aid Funds in March 2020 gave more locals access to TCM. .
âSo far we have several medical aid funds that have provided for TCM. This means that patients are now enjoying the benefits of treatment as demand for TCM in Namibia increases,â Wang said.
In the meantime, his vision is to run the clinic in a sustainable way and build a reputable business, seen as a place of hope.
âAlso, to educate more locals about TCM. I hope more people can find out more about it and its benefits,â he said.
Wang attributes his wealth of experience to the skills acquired during his tenure as a medical volunteer at the Chinese Acupuncture Department at Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek between 2014 and 2016.
The 42-year-old doctor also held various positions at the affiliated hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in China, where he served for ten years.