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Two Weeks In China:

I’ve been in China almost two weeks and it has been an adventure to say the least. I’ve experienced some great food and some not so great. I’ve seen some beautiful places and some not so pleasant places. With all that said, the trip has been focused on our experience at Sichuan hospital and at times the experience has been a bit overwhelming. The way they treat cancer is very different then in the west. Over 90% of the hospitals here are integrative. That means a patient will receive both Western and Eastern treatments. With cancer in particular, a patient might get chemotherapy one-day then Chinese herbs, acupuncture and other that modalities that same day. It’s important to note that the majority of practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine here practice both Western and Eastern medicine, unlike their counterparts in the States. So, that means that they will give the chemotherapy or radiotherapy at the same hospital as the Eastern medicine treatments and by the same doctors. They have found in their experience that the treatment of cancer is mot successful when the patient receives Western and Eastern interventions. The side effects of the Western interventions are less and life expectancy and life quality improves. This experience makes it very clear to me the importance of integrative care when it comes to supporting cancer patients and the importance of working more closely with medical oncologist back in the States.

Chengdu Chinese Medicine Herb Market

The herb market was HUGE. It’s the largest herbal market in western China. I would have to guess, but there might be 800-1000 stales all jammed pack with everything of medicinal herb. We found geckos that are dried and kept in pairs, one male and one female. Medicinally, they are used together to strengthen the Yin (female) and Yang (male) aspect of the patient. We found herb that are used in Glow’s dispensary and other herbs, or animal products that one might NOT find at Glow like dog penis. It was a great experience to see such a large mass of herbal products that have been used for millennia to promote health and treat diseases.

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Today was very busy. The hospital was generous and gave us a car to tour around the city. The first stop was the Chengdu Panda research center. Fun fact… Pandas originate from Sichuan province and we visited the main breading and research center in the country. To be honest I was not really looking forward to seeing the pandas but then I saw them with my own eyes. They were super cool and I was quickly wooing and ahhing at them with the rest of the crowds. It was a beautiful facility and there bathrooms were clean, I wish I could say that about the rest of the city. If you’ve been to China you know what I mean! I have tons of pictures and a couple videos of the cute rascals. The second stop was lunch. It was a hole in the wall but the food was great. There were 8 of us and we ate an amazing meal for $15. After lunch we visited the largest Buddhist temple in Chengdu. The grounds of Wenshu temple were covered with many small building with individual shrines in them. In front of the shrines there were incense burning and cushions for people to kneel and bow. It was originally built over 4oo years ago and there is a lot of history within the walls. There were plenty of places to sit and reflect. Here are some pics!


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