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Q: How to get an invitation from TCM hospital in Chengdu for acupuncture treatment for french citizen?

My wife is suffering neurologic dystony and hopes to get cured by acupuncture treatment. We have heard Chengdu Hospitals specialists are some of the best in China and would like to undergo treatment for my wife but we need invitation frome the hospital to get the visa.

1 year 23 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - Chengdu

 
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How long stay do you plan?

May be the option would be to come on tourist visa and undergo the treatment during your stay.

TCM is not really expensive in China and Chengdu is one of the cheaper cities anyway.

Otherwise you may ask for more information on Chengdu forum:

www.chengduliving.com

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If you want an invitation letter from the hospital then you'll need to contact them. 

 

Ive struggled to find a website for hospitals but the Chengdu university of TCM is renowned and they have affiliated hospitals. 

 

http://eiceo.cdutcm.edu.cn

 

 

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How long stay do you plan?

May be the option would be to come on tourist visa and undergo the treatment during your stay.

TCM is not really expensive in China and Chengdu is one of the cheaper cities anyway.

Otherwise you may ask for more information on Chengdu forum:

www.chengduliving.com

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Why would you bother? France has some of the best TCM in the world! Especially when it comes to acupuncture. Plus, you can be guaranteed clean, sterile, good needles!

 

You NEED to understand that during the Cultural Destruction, most TCM practitioners were harassed, tortured, killed... or fled to other countries. France was one of those countries. Some years later, when Mao went "oops", and decided that TCM wasn't so bad, they brought in the 'Barefoot Doctor" system - uneducated, under-trained, and hopeless 'physicians' who were only taught "if you have a headache, needle these points. If you have stomach ache, needle these points". Diagnostics were complete crap! "Differential Diagnosis"* is essential to good treatment!

 

The GOOD TCM lives on in countries outside of China! There is absolutely NOTHING that you can find in China that you won't find in France - except tiger penis and bear claws! All the books have been translated. All the knowledge spread around the world. A lot of the experience as well.

 

Going to a French acupuncturist may also have another great advantage that the Chinese won't - an understanding of western medicine! That is, in particular, drug interactions. Also, a very good understanding of anatomy & physiology - to a medical doctor level (depending on the training).

 

And, lastly, the French acupuncturist is more likely to have knowledge of other treatment protocols outside of TCM that may help, whereas the Chinese will only know of TCM - and not anything about Ayurvedic, homoeopathic, naturopathics, etc etc

 

 

(* why is the headache presenting as a headache? In TCM, there are about 10 different etiologies for 'headache' Some are complete opposites - eg Yang Rising, vs Yin Deficiency.  Sure, you still needle HeGu for both.. but BaiHui is really bad if you've got a Yang/Fire excess!)

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First you'll need to discard your logic and any knowledge of medical science and then you'll need to procure a mystical sense of wonder in regards to backwards superstitious horse sh*t.

 

Getting the letter is the easy part.

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If your wife is suffering from a real disease, you should probably get real treatment.

 

TCM is great for rebalancing your chi or whatever, but not proven all that effective for real illnesses.

 

If your wife hopes that acupunture will cure anything, she will be disappointed.

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Interesting how this thread changed into the fight with TCM?

TCM has many aspects and approaches and big part of it relies on the herbs and drugs these herbs contain.

Interestingly enough many type of Western medication tries to reproduce exactly these substances because it's cheaper than to isolate them from the herbs where they are present naturally.

This part of TCM also does not work?

Never mind - I do not want to argue because luckily it's everybody's free choice and those who want to go for TCM treatment can simply do that without any big trouble.

And those who do not want simply will not - it's as simple as this.

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