Q1：In TCM, we talk about integrative treatment and holistic treatment. So, what is holistic treatment and difference in US?
——Doctor of Chinese Medicine from Australia
Gary Deng：In US, when we talk about holistic medicine, we’re not using the purest Traditional Chinese Medicine. They focus more on mind-body-spirit connection. So, it’s a lot about interaction between mind and body, nutrition and life style. Those are the things they’d like to discuss and are very welcome and very open and very accepted. I hope in the next step is to incorporate some of the deeper TCM measures, that after research we found we can really help people incorporate that.
Q2：Under the situation when the disease is rapidly spreading, are acupuncture and moxibustion treatments available to treat the COVID-19 patients locally. How can we get it involved into the treatment ASAP.
——Member of China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Gary Deng：How are we using acupuncture in COVID-19 treatment？As we mentioned earlier, right now, because of shortage in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and to prevent infection of acupuncturists, we are not doing acupuncture in COVID-19 patients. But once the protections are better, we maybe consider doing that later.
Q3：In cancer patient do you use acupuncture or herbs
Gary Deng：We use a lot of acupuncture here, which is basically a part of standard care. We still use Chinese herb very carefully, because Western medicine doctors still has some concerns about this. Therefore, we usually choose the herbs that are low risk and more reliable, and gradually apply them in practice to demonstrate beneficial effects. Then herbs may become more acceptable in the future. we do use acupuncture routinely, herbs we don’t use as much. But we’re experimenting in some pilot projects to see how we can introduce herbs safely into the cancer population so they can benefit without getting harmed.