Our Friday (of last week) was full of new learning experiences. Our day began bright and early with orientation for clinical nutrition at CMU Hospital. There, we were greeted with a number of registered dietitians and some doctors and nurses who were employed at the CMU Hospital. Our students and professors exchanged questions with one another about the differences between the professions and health care system in each country. I think I may have mentioned this in another post, but I was surprised with how much more of a dietitian's services are covered by insurance in Taiwan. I certainly wouldn't mind that part of their healthcare system.
|Group picture after our orientation|
I didn't take many pictures within the hospital, because I thought it would look unprofessional and I am sure the many people sitting and waiting to be treated would not appreciate my camera out. However, once we were in the more secluded pharmacy area, I did snap a few photos. Since my brother is a pharmacist, I thought the process of filling Traditional Chinese Medicine prescriptions would be something that interested him. Just like with Western medicine, the traditional approach also involves the ordering and filling of prescriptions. The ingredients of each prescription lit up on the screen above the work counter of the pharmacists and they quickly went to work filling each.
|A Pharmacist is working on filling one of her prescriptions|
|The Pharmacist is showing us some of the more popular and expensive prescriptions given|
|Much of the prescriptions are given in a liquid, soup form |
that the Pharmacists prepare with the induction method of heating
|Showing us the large variety of herbs, roots, etc. offered|
|This Pharmacist is preparing a prescription for a client. Each section is a day's worth of medication.|
Can you imagine taking all of that each day? Most of it looked like the bark of a tree. Yum??
Here is a video that will give you an idea of what Tai Chi is like if you are a visual learner like myself.
Next on the agenda: A lecture entitled "Introduction of Chinese Medicine." The physician leading the lecture performs acupuncture at CMU Hospital. I was a little nervous about attending this lecture because: 1.) needles and myself do not mix 2.) needles have a history of making me pass out...as evidenced by two separate blood drives where I wasn't even giving blood. (I guess it's a good thing I didn't go into the nursing field!) However, the physician began her lecture by giving an overview of the traditional philosophies. I will admit, I had a hard time fully appreciating much of what she was teaching us because it seemed like an awful lot of quackery and little scientific research. The philosophy of Chinese Medicine is comprised of: the Yin-Yang Theory, Eight Principles, Three Treasures, and Five Elements.
Even though the beginning of her presentation did not really catch my attention, it got much better as she began to demonstrate some of the methods she uses in practice, including: acupuncture, cupping, and scraping.
|Jessica tried acupuncture on a pressure point on her hand|
|Morgan had the sliding cupping method performed|
|I tried the standard cupping method.|
I had to sit like this for 10 minutes
|It looks more painful than it was.|
It only felt a little uncomfortable if I moved and it tugged on my skin a bit.
|To put it bluntly, it basically forms a giant hickey on the point the cup was attached.|
My back felt really good after I had this done, though I imagine it is quite painful
when performed all over the back at once.