Traditional Chinese medicine offers Ethiopians a better alternative to regain health


A Chinese acupuncturist treats an Ethiopian patient with acupuncture at Tirunesh Beijing Hospital on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, August 27, 2021 (Xinhua / Michael Tewelde)
Chinese acupuncturists treat Ethiopian patients with acupuncture at Tirunesh Beijing Hospital on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, August 27, 2021 (Xinhua / Michael Tewelde)

Berhanu Kedir, 34, is one of many outpatients who received traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treatment at Tirunesh Beijing Hospital on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Kedir was in a car accident seven months ago and has long suffered from pain in his waist and left leg as well as difficulty speaking.

“My pain, however, has greatly diminished in the past three weeks since I started acupuncture treatment,” Kedir said, while receiving acupuncture treatment on the premises of Tirunesh Hospital. -Beijing supported by China.

“Chinese doctors use acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and other techniques to treat neck, shoulder, waist and leg pain, nervous dysfunction, and some mental and psychological disorders,” Liu said. Ruiqiang, who is the head of the 22nd Chinese Medical Group. Team in Ethiopia.

According to the team leader, the two highly experienced Chinese acupuncturists can treat around 25 Ethiopian patients a day, helping more than 700 residents relieve their physical pain each month.

“We have been treating ailments such as body, muscle and joint pain, paralysis and migraine since we arrived at the hospital’s acupuncture treatment center nine months ago,” said Lin Guoping, one of the Chinese acupuncturists.

Lin said he is seeing a growing number of patients who are referred to the center and undergo acupuncture therapy, an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions by triggering specific points on the skin with needles. .

Kedir, who was in a coma and could not speak for months due to damage to his head in the car crash, now sees a major improvement in his health.

A Chinese acupuncturist treats an Ethiopian patient with acupuncture at Tirunesh Beijing Hospital on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, August 27, 2021 (Xinhua / Michael Tewelde)

“After going through the acupuncture therapy, my speech, waist and leg conditions improved,” Kedir said.

“Now I walk, wear my clothes, eat and meet all my other needs without help,” said Kedir, enjoying traditional Chinese medicine in the hospital, ”he added.

Lia Hailu, 22, is another regular outpatient who was admitted to the acupuncture center a month ago after suffering from facial paralysis that involves paralysis on one side of her face.

“I only felt the symptoms one morning and found that my left face was not moving and tended to sag,” said Hailu, who was unsure of what to do until she be referred to the Chinese acupuncture treatment center.

“Since taking therapy, my lips have returned to a normal position and my left face has started to function. Unlike the first days of the illness, I can now close my eyes and drink the water properly, ”she said.

She said acupuncture treatment was the best treatment she could find to cure her illness.

“I will fully recover from my illness in 15 days,” Hailu said.

In addition to treating locals, the acupuncture center serves as a platform where Chinese doctors pass on traditional Chinese medicines to their fellow Ethiopian healthcare professionals.

“Our country is committed to helping the health system in Ethiopia and Chinese doctors specializing in surgery, orthopedics, acupuncture, obstetrics and gynecology as well as pathology and radiology provide comprehensive health services to the hospital,” said Lin said.

Seble Mamo, who is the centre’s chief Ethiopian acupuncturist, said Chinese acupuncture is reaching more people in need, helping to cure locals of various ailments such as headaches, blood pressure and ailments. sleep, among others.

“Unlike other modern treatments, acupuncture therapy is far preferable among Ethiopians because it is given without side effects,” Mamo said.

Mamo completed a two-month training course in acupuncture therapy in China with his colleagues as part of the Ethiopian government’s efforts to spread TCM in Ethiopia.

Liu Ruiqiang, head of the 22nd Chinese Medical Team in Ethiopia, speaks during an interview in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 27, 2021 (Xinhua / Michael Tewelde)

Mamo said that TCM therapy is gaining popularity among Ethiopians and that instead of looking for long-term drugs, many locals now tend to try the treatment, which they see as a safer alternative after a greater number of cases cured.

“Those patients who come to the acupuncture center at the onset of their illness heal faster than patients with chronic illnesses,” Mamo said.

Mamo said she is happy to work with Chinese acupuncturists from whom she has good knowledge and experience. She recommends that health education in acupuncture be provided in Ethiopian universities to serve the more than 110 million inhabitants of this East African country.

“I have seen several patients enter the center with the help of a caregiver, but vigorously exit the hospital after undergoing acupuncture treatment,” added Mamo.

Amid growing hardships induced by the ongoing COVID-19, the 22nd Chinese Medical Teams Group in Ethiopia, consisting of 15 doctors and an interpreter, fearlessly served the Ethiopian people at Tiruneh-Beijing hospital , also known as the Ethio-China friendship. Hospital since November 2020.

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