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When I hear these words my body chills and misses heartbeats.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Chinese medicine is known for all its goodness around the world and yet the thought of going to a hospital is scary for most Indians. Unlike the Indian traditional medicine (ayurvedic medicine), which is based mainly on plants and minerals, Chinese traditional medicine uses a lot of animal extracts in addition to other herbs, although the scientific theory seems to be similar. It is probably the philosophies of treatment that differ in some ways. However, these days there is a lot of stress on Western medicine (called allopathic medicine in India) in both countries.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>My first encounter with a Chinese medical treatment was in December 1995. I was studying at Liaoning University and due to extreme cold was caught by an acute sinus attack. I had to see a doctor, and the best and inexpensive way was to visit the university health center.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>While I walked toward the health center, every other person was walking out with a drip of glucose bottle. Is this the only treatment in the health center, I wondered as I took the courage of entering the main gate. I was welcomed to queue to take a number (?? guahao) and explain to which doctor I need to pay a visit. I was referred to a general physician.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The room&nbsp;- outside and inside&nbsp;- was lined up with people of all sorts. No courtesy of waiting for a patient to see the doctor in private. I waited and waited until the doctor called me inside. As the doctor posed questions about the problem, I could feel the uneasiness of people around me. As the doctor intended to do a chest check-up, I was here for a rude shock. What? A check-up in front of everyone? Is this the way it works in China? No way, I screamed. I needed a private conversation with the doctor. They all laughed and I persisted to throw everyone out of the room. The doctor then prescribed some tests.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>My next shock was not very far. As I walked into the test room to do the blood test the doctor had prescribed, I happened to meet a nurse who wanted to take the blood from the ear to see if the infection was severe: blood sample from ear to check infection of throat and ear, I was learning for the first time in more than 20 years.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>I had to agree that the medicines worked. The best part was the humble and cordial way the doctors treated a foreigner with a sense of special care. That was then.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Even in those days I and my other Indian friends used to laugh about the scary ways of getting an injection in a Chinese hospital. We termed it as a style of giving injection to a horse in India. Many of my other friends had to endure this trauma due to complete health check-ups that were a must for foreign students at universities of Beijing.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Another strange feeling I got was when a friend of mine got infected by chicken pox, a disease lesser known in China. It was in 1996, and my friend had to be placed in a special infectious disease hospital of Beijing. No one was allowed to visit him and he had a telephone connected to talk to us. I still remember his loud cries when nurses gave him injections and forced him to take the medicines.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>&nbsp;</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left><SPAN style="WIDTH: 817px; HEIGHT: 579px"></P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>In India, no medicine is prescribed for this disease, and Neem leaves (pS^]ih) would form the bed on the ground, and coconut water and other light drinks would be a must; while the Chinese treatment was serving eggs for breakfast and chicken dishes for lunch. Both eggs and chicken would be banned as they are considered to be hot in nature, aggravating the problem. I realized the major difference in treatments then.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Years have passed but nothing much has changed except the high cost of medication in China.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>People fear getting unwell and prefer home medication to seeing a doctor. Even today when I catch a cold, the first reaction of my landlord was to get an IV ( m). I am unsure why, but this seems to be a cure for all problems. Besides, I realize Chinese love to swallow a large number of antibiotics for minor ailments.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The other day I fell on the stairs and got an ankle sprain. Visiting a doctor was natural to be sure there was no fracture. The doctor prescribed a list of medicines, which sounded like 16 tablets a day. Unless a person has a severe disease, Indian doctors will not prescribe a bundle of medicines; rather the stress would be on eating healthy food and drinks.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Needless to question the amount of money spent on medications in China, I understood the essence of "kan bing nan" ( wu )&nbsp; or "expensive and difficult to see a doctor" in China. The choices of medicines are so limited in China that I miss my alternative medical treatments. In particular, homeopathy in India has become quite popular for its lower cost and limited side effects; while traditional medicines along with various kinds of physiotherapy techniques are taking front row. But Western medication is still the main treatment for all potential diseases.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The main issue that hits hard is the lack of free or charitable medical institutions that can cater to the poor. India in this regard has its advantage due to many such institutions running at religious places along with individual initiatives. One can easily find a medical treatment near one's place to help the needy.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Is it due to lack of such institutions that one now finds many people with illness begging on Chinese streets or is it the scariness of Chinese treatment that makes them run away?</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left><EM>Dr. Geeta Kochhar is a Visiting Fellow at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. She is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Chinese &amp; South-East Asian Studies, School of Language, Literature &amp; Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the China Daily website.</EM></P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>&nbsp;</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left></SPAN></P></DIV></BODY></HTML>