Chinese Medicine Case Study

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According to the Centre for Asian Business Cases’ Case on Nin Jiom (2003), (Traditional) Chinese Medicine is “- a unique theoretical system characterised by taking an overall observation of the patient’s physical condition and diagnosing an illness in accordance with an overall analysis of symptoms and signs as well as that patient’s well-being.” It is a health care system that includes various forms of alternative medical treatments; such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and (fire) cupping. For decades now, Chinese Medicine has been a unique aspect of Hong Kong’s local heritage. It possesses both the characteristics of tangible and intangible cultural heritage; the displays of Chinese medicine on the racks of convenience stores to the acupuncture…show more content…
In the early 20th century, there were no significant developments in Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong, though by then it was well integrated into the locals’ livelihood (2.1). Chinese Medicine gradually developed in the years to follow; however its development was forced to discontinue due to the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong from 1941 - 1945 (2.2a). After the Japanese had surrendered, Hong Kong began to restructure its health system and attempted to revive Chinese Medicine. Only by the late 1970s Hong Kong began to develop Chinese Medicine significantly, owing to coexisting with Western Medicine and diminishing the tensions (2.2b) between them. By the 1990s, Chinese Medicine was at its most developed, due to the governmental measures taken in the 1980s (2.3), it had ever been within the 20th…show more content…
Chinese Medicine was heavily infused into Hong Kong locals’ lives; they were in the habit of preparing soups with crude drugs and/or visiting tea shops to drink herbal tea. Compared to other regions, Hong Kong’s consumption rate of Chinese medicine is much higher. To add on to that, Chinese Medicine was depended on to cure the ailments of the locals; it played an outstanding role in halting the spread of smallpox in 1904. As a result, households were granted the freedom to be treated either with Chinese or Western Medicine; hence the social status of the Chinese practitioners rose as they were finally recognized as notable healers. In response to the rise of demand for the practice, a night school was set up for certification to practice Chinese Medicine in 1917. A few years later, Chinese practitioners from Guangzhou built another school in 1924. As the Chinese Medicine practice remained part of Hong Kong’s flow of good health, it also tangibly strengthened. Though Hong Kong underwent British Sovereignty in 1841, the exportation and importation of medical goods continued; it was agreed that the British Government would not interfere with the traditions of the Hong Kong locals, including the Chinese Medicine practice. In the early 20th century, whilst frequenting in medical and natural resource trade (plus its advantageous geographical location), Hong Kong

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