– The Chinese medical team in Namibia over the years have succeeded in taking advantage of an alternative treatment of ailments for the Namibians through the administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Currently, the Chinese medical team based in the acupuncture department of Katutura State Hospital in the Namibian capital Windhoek sees around 50 patients daily, with patients from all walks of life adopting TCM therapies and makes them an integral part of your recovery routines.
Nita Nujoma, a frequent visitor to the acupuncture department, said Thursday that she has been receiving acupuncture sessions for a couple of years.
Nujoma, who suffers from epileptic seizures, said her muscles and body ache after episodes of epileptic seizures, which occur randomly and are unpredictable.
“The acupuncture has been working for me. Things have improved and the therapy helps,” she said, adding that she loves the therapy sessions because she has embraced acupuncture as an alternative pain reliever.
“I am not saying that acupuncture cures epilepsy,” he said, adding that acupuncture helps relieve pain and encouraged all Namibians who suffer from various pains to embark on similar treatments as it is quite effective.
Another visitor to the TCM clinic, Petrus Kashimbanga, a retiree in his prime who has had a hard time kicking cigarette smoking, said acupuncture therapy helped him on his way.
According to Kashimbanga, when he started therapy he was a heavy smoker, which affected his health.
“I was smoking a pack a day,” he said, but since embarking on acupuncture therapy, he’s gradually started to quit smoking and hasn’t smoked to date.
Kashimbanga said she opted for TCM because she couldn’t take other medicines because she felt they were expensive and she also felt she was not getting the result she needed for recovery.
“Acupuncture was the best way to relax my nervous system so that I could use my mind psychologically to get rid of this bad habit,” he said, adding that he has since recommended a friend to also join the journey at the TCM clinic.
Meanwhile, with the start of the 19th World Congress of Chinese Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, he met with the leader of the Chinese medical team in Namibia, Dr. Zhou Haijiang, to deepen his progress and work at the clinic of TCM.
Zhou said his team has been administering various TCM therapies to locals to treat health problems, including back pain, knee pain, smoking, insomnia and neck pain, among other problems.
Zhou said his team administers therapies including acupuncture, massage therapy, cupping and music therapy to the Namibian people.
“All therapies get good results,” he said, adding that traditional Chinese medicine has become a very popular option to treat various ailments in the south-west African nation as the clinic is packed with patients daily.
Since 1996, a team of traditional Chinese doctors has been stationed at Katutura Hospital as part of the China-Namibia cooperative medical projects and Zhou’s team is the 14th group.
The 19th World Congress of Chinese Medicine to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will build a broad platform for the development of TCM as Chinese medicine experts from around the world come together and share their knowledge and information. about his theoretical research, clinical experience, scientific achievements, new inventions and creations. ■