The common cold, a headache, a strained neck - all ailments that have plagued humanity for thousands of years, and for thousands of years they have been treated by traditional Chinese medical practitioners.
But how do long-established Chinese remedies measure up in the modern world, especially when compared to the more evidence-based approach of Western medicine?
Three eminent medical experts will discuss this issue at a free public forum to be held at The University of Western Australia on Thursday, 31 March.
Professor Qian Xiaoyan of Xiamen University in China and UWA Professors Barry Marshall and Geoff Riley have been brought together by the Confucius Institute at UWA as part of the regular China in Conversation lecture series.
Professor Qian has 30 years of clinical practice and teaching in traditional Chinese medical acupuncture and has lectured in many countries.
Professor Marshall, best known for his 2005 Nobel Prize winning work on the links between Helicobacter pylori bacteria and stomach ulcers, has a long association with China and also studies Mandarin at the Confucius Institute.
Professor Riley, who has an interest in the interaction of mind and body in medicine and visits China regularly to assist in the development of primary care general practice, said looking at three common health conditions from a Chinese perspective would give the audience some understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of traditional Chinese medicine.
“The public in China are actively adopting evidence-based Western medicine, and modern Chinese medical research is of the highest order, they are doing some fantastic stuff,” he said.
The China in Conversation forum will be held on March 31 from 6pm to 7:30pm at UWA’s University Club. More information can be found at the Institute’s website at www.confuciusinstitute.uwa.edu.au
Caption: Professor Qian Xiaoyan
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