“Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) could play a ‘special role’ in academic exchange programs.” says Anna Marshall, a professor from Nursing Department at University of Technology, Sydney(UTS), after a one-day visit to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology with her 19 students on July 7.

Visiting Tongji Medical School of HUST

At TONGJI Hospital, Professor Lu Fu’er delivers a speech on TCM history, introduction of Western Medicine (WM) to China, and clinical and theoretical achievements of the Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine (INTCM). His presentation is followed by an illustrative introduction of the basic principles of TCM given by Professor Chen Zhuo, who focuse on the Theory of Five Elements and the Syndrome-Differentiation by Eight Principles.

“I was totally intrigued by the magic of the Syndrome-differentiation,” a student says, “especially the perfect balance it produces in the principle of Xu and Shi, Ying and Yang. And I really hope I can learn more about it in China.”

In the opening discussion section, questions such as “what type of diseases is more frequently treated with TCM than WM”, and “can leukemia be effectively treated by TCM” bombard Lu and Chen. Each question is answered in detail with illustrative examples, and each answer is received with loud applause.

The UTS delegation visits INTCM Department later. Professor Lu shows the medical facility and explains the working system. To elaborate his lecture, Lu presents a typical clinical case of Mr. Chu, a patient diagnosed with malignant tumor in the early phase eight months ago. “The best choice on this circumstance is to reduce tumor loads by chemotherapy and counteract the side reactions of chemotherapy by TCM drugs”, Lu tells the Australian students. The survival rate of this patient has been substantially increased after receiving INTCM treatment.

“It’s fascinating how INTCM can create mutual advantage and overcome mutual shortage, since TCM can reduce the harm to body immune system.” remarks Holly, one of the Australian students, while other students are amazed at the scale of TONGJI Hospital. “I’ve never seen so big and comprehensive hospital like this in Australia”, says Caitlin, “and more than four thousand beds for the patients are unimaginable.”

After the impressive trip to the hospital, the delegation set out for main campus of HUST in the afternoon. Ren Yu, the director of International Students Office welcomes the Australian team and gives them a brief introduction to HUST by a video presentation which attracts Australian students a lot.

In their further visit to the HUST History Museum, the Australian students gain a better grasp of the developments of HUST and the history of TONGJI Medical College. Old photos of the founding fathers of the college and their teaching experience, as well as old textbooks and notebooks of the earlier students of medical college catch the visitors’ eyes. “It’s hard to imagine how those pioneers overcome so many difficulties with so few resources at that time” Anna says. And she is greatly surprised by a photo capturing the first visit to HUST by Australian medical scholars in 1968.

Christian Dwyer, a junior student of Nursing Department, expresses his enthusiasm for TCM training in China. And his mother is a doctor who also gives acupuncture treatment. “I want to study herbology and acupuncture in China as a master’s degree, and TONGJI Medical College seems to be a brilliant choice.”

Professor Chen Zhuo delivers a speech

Visiting HUST History Museum

 

 Medicine programs in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

Clinical Medicine (MBBS in English)

Pharmacy

TCM Pharmacy

Stomatology

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)