TCM hospital provides free online consultation to Russian cerebral palsy patients



A staff member of Cangzhou People's Hospital fills prescriptions of Traditional Chinese Medicine for patients in Cangzhou, north China's Hebei Province, May 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Fu Xinchun)

HARBIN, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hospital in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, which borders Russia, has provided free consultations online to eight Russian patients suffering from cerebral palsy.

The patients, including four children, received rehabilitation instructions given online by the second hospital affiliated to the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, as they were unable to go to the hospital for the treatment amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"We are excited that our son is making progress," Ulyana Putintseva, mother of a two-year-old patient diagnosed with cerebral palsy, said during the virtual consultation.

Tang Qiang, Party chief of the hospital, said the hospital adopted acupuncture, massage and herbs to help with the rehabilitation of the patients.

The combination of TCM and modern rehabilitation technology has drawn patients from Russia. With many doctors speaking Russian, the hospital has received more than 1,000 patients from Russia over the past 10 years.

The hospital is also cooperating with foreign medical facilities providing training for foreign doctors. With better rehabilitation effects achieved, the TCM will be better learned and recognized, said Tang. ■