Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology and Management Committee of the Institute of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Chinese medicine has always enjoyed reasonable popularity in Hong Kong, as it has in all other Chinese communities. Its practitioners have been using Chinese herbs, proprietary herbal preparations, acupuncture, and bone setting as practical means of treating ailments. With the current world trend of interest in alternative medicine, many scientific practitioners would like to start clinical trials of the traditional means and methodology. Programs currently being conducted include acupuncture for chronic back pain and neurological deficits; herbal treatment for bone cancers and bone metastases; herbal bath for control of swollen hands and feet; and an integrated approach for diabetic foot ulcers. As long as orthopaedic surgeons are aware of the potential and promise of these complementary traditional measures, a future with an integrated approach has a lot to offer.. (Hong Kong Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery 2002;6(1):1-5.)
Key Words : Chinese medicine; Complementary/alternative medicine; Orthopaedics
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