The traditional Chinese doctor is a great success with visitors to the show
Lumbidzani Dima, columnist
CHINESE traditional doctor, Dr. Wei Zhu, who was exhibiting his products at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), challenged African traditional doctors and healers to display their products.
With his well-packaged medicines, Dr. Zhu caught the attention of many people.
However, none of the traditional African healers came to exhibit African herbs and showcase the healing powers they possess.
Local traditional healers have advertised through posters which are mostly affixed to trees and walls.
Only African traditional medicine manufacturers such as Musimboti were present at the ZITF.
Dr Zhu has been in the country since January and practices at the Zimbabwe-China Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Center located in the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.
The center was officially inaugurated in 2020 by the Vice President, Dr. Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Protection.
When Dr Chiwenga opened the centre, he said the clinic was meant to offer greater choice to patients seeking health services within the framework of medical pluralism enshrined in the Health Professions Act.
In an interview with Chronicle, Dr Zhu said they were caring for more than 20 patients a day at their center in Harare.
He said they plan to open another center in Bulawayo in due course.
“We are exhibiting at ZITF for the second time and the reason is that we want to educate people about traditional Chinese medicine because in the near future we want more clinics to be run by local people,” Dr. Zhu said. .
He said traditional Chinese medicine is similar to traditional African herbs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems recognizes Traditional Chinese Medicine.
“These traditional Chinese herbs are not too different from traditional African herbs, obviously they are different here and there but they are similar. The difference is that we package our medicines well, and once they are well packaged, they are attractive for a patient’s eyes,” he said.
“If these people who deal with African medicine can just come out and show the public how it works and the power of natural herbs, then everything will sink. I think people are running away from the drug because it may not be packaged well.
Dr. Zhu said they offer acupuncture services and training in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) free of charge.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a component of traditional Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the body.
Dr. Zhu said traditional Chinese medicine has proven effective in treating illnesses that cannot be treated by traditional hospitals.