With needles in her arms, legs and back, Jane Patric, a
65-years-old Israeli, said that she believes in the effect of these
Chinese "magic needles." Instead of using Western medication, she
usually turns to doctors of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to
treat her aching backbone.
During an introductory exhibition named "Chinese Medicine
Happening" held in Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening,
more than 100 Israelis visited the TCM diagnosis and treatment
booths, at which no pre-registrations are needed.
The show was given by Raidman College of Complementary Medicine,
one of the leading colleges specialize in TCM teaching in
Doki, a 28-year-old senior student in the college, told Xinhua
that "Chinese Medicine Happening" aims at introducing TCM to more
and more Israelis.
There were twelve doctors at the spot treating people with
Chinese acupuncture and "Tui Na," which means Chinese massage.
Lectures on Chinese medication in Israel and the history of Chinese
medicine were also underway with enthusiastic participation of the
Kfir, a junior student in Raidman college, was busy with
receiving people registering for Tui Na and acupuncture. He said
that TCM has become very popular in Israel and he believes that
more and more people will resort to Chinese medicine when they are
troubled with sickness, especially some chronic and stubborn
Kfir's late father used to be a doctor of TCM after studying it
in China. He said that he wants to follow suit and to become a TCM
According to an agreement reached by Raidman College and Chinese
Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, every senior
student studying TCM in Raidman must receive a three-month- long
training in Chengdu.
Doki, who has just returned from China, said he learned a lot of
TCM practical knowledge from his Chinese teachers as they received
patients together, "checking their pulse," "seeing their tongue,"
and giving them prescription of Chinese herbal medicine.
He also developed a better understanding of Chinese classic
medical works such as the earliest one, the Yellow Emperor's Canon
of Internal Medicine, which dates back to between 403 BC and 221
Long before modern medical science, the Chinese people had
created and developed complex theories about the treatment of
illnesses. Remedies made from natural ingredients, including wild
plants and animals and simple tools, such as acupuncture needles,
were used by TCM doctors to treat patients.
China has signed inter-governmental protocols on TCM cooperation
with 70 countries and regions. TCM has been accepted and protected
by laws in Australia and South Africa, and Chinese TCM products
have been exported to about 135 countries and regions.
Despite its popularity, TCM is not widely used in Israel's
health care system, which regards it as a complementary or
However, the Israel TCM Association, which has more than 700
members, making it the largest one of such association, is working
in coordination with the Heath Ministry in making laws of accepting
and protecting TCM in the country.
The association also plans to build a multi-functional TCM
center in Israel, which combines teaching, training, researching
and clinic together.
(Xinhua News Agency October 18, 2007)