The most common question we get is..."Is there someone I can talk to that has attended your program?" We are a healthcare company and although we are in China we take client or "patient " privacy very seriously. We choose to abide by US HIPPA standards. As such we do not offer references and or name, emails or phone numbers of previous clients. We do however allow posts on our blogs, offer interviews in the form of podcasts, letters, video, and most importantly we obtain our clients through referrals.
As a result everyone who attends our program has known or knows someone who either has attended our program or attended it themselves. Because each client is dealt with as an individual and all diseases, strokes, and spinal injuries are unique... comparisons are not advised. The doctors and hospitals we work with treat more patients in a day than the Mayo treats in a year. They are the best and assess each client individually and offer treatments specific to the client. We too, in regard to rehabilitation and exercises assess each client daily and modify the exercises specifically for them.
I realize the seriousness of making a commitment such as this but I will share a bit of my story here to give you a better understanding. I came to China in 2004 as the first American ever to seek treatment for a stroke I suffered in 2001. I didn't know what it would cost or how long it would take to see anything happen. The result was that I was given my life back...my vision, my thinking, speech, feeling, mobility! I ended up spending 5 months here and came back 6 months later to get tweaked and continue my healing.
When I returned I brought 2 stroke survivors with me... now I've helped over 500 people from throughout the world come here and have spoken with thousands. I stopped for several years to devote more time to my family. Now at the request of others I'm back with a renewed sense of purpose and urgency to provide hope and healing to foreigners and Chinese alike. The only regrets I have in my life are that I didn't come to China sooner and I stopped helping others for a brief time. Well I'm here now and if you are reading this you've found me.
One of the biggest challenges I face is that of educating friends, family, and the public about care in healthcare. Often spouses and family members want to jump in and help too much, are satisfied with what physicians or professionals say is gospel and not up for debate, and their lives or apparent sacrifice should be honored beyond all. Hogwash! I realize that I may make some upset but please take a step back...hold your temper and listen a bit.
I became a stroke expert quite by accident after suffering one, being the first to seek and obtain TCM treatment in China, speaking with thousands of stroke survivors and family members and personally being involved in the treatment of thousands. I've watched family members and survivors try and use less than stellar excuses of why they didn't get the results they wanted. I've heard very educated physicians and medical professionals make statements of what they see as fact because that's all their experience has shown them.
Well I learned one very important thing in life... you see and get what you look for! If you set low expectations then you will reach them because that's what you expect....but if you set high goals you'll reach them too! Expand your thinking.... God is not the God of the possible or probable...if that were true why do we need Him? God is the God of the impossible! Reach for the highest and the best...expect your best and that of others and do not settle for less. Be an individual of hope and faith and if you feel week God will be there for you!
So that I don't get in trouble from the copyright police please read WebMD's article at (http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/chinese-medicine-topic-overview?page=1)
It's interesting that they refer to TCM (a form of medicine that has been used for over 4000 years) as a "belief". As if it is not a true form of medicine. They do however, admit that it is gaining in popularity in the west. One point for them. In their statement "Chinese medicine doctors look at the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore qi, the yin-yang balance, and good health." Without explaining that it is an involved art and science. In other words each person is considered as a whole and not just parts. One thin effects another! I seem to remember way back when, when I was a child that we had a general practice doctor that knew everything about our family and life too. In other words TCM focuses on maintaining health and then on healing and curing a disease process once it is identified. With me they quite literally rolled back the clock and corrected almost all of the challenges I faced after my stroke and reigned in my hypertension so that it is rare for me to need medication.
I know hundreds of doctors personally and practiced in the US medical system for years before heading to China and after every meeting I had with them I was encouraged to except myself as I was and be content with the challenges that remained after the stroke.
WebMD stats, "Promising results have been found for the use of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, postsurgery pain, and pregnancy" an "Acupuncture also may be useful for other conditions such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. In general, acupuncture is safe when done by a certified acupuncturist. The treatment can be expensive and time-consuming."
I would agree that TCM is slower because it is promoting healing and can be very expensive in the US but here in China the cost is extremely reasonable. As long as TCM is limited in its ability to be practiced in the US I guess I'll be helping people to get access to the best treatments here in China.