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Dr. Eddie Concepcion is one of the best acupuncturists in the Philippines. I know, because for the past five years or so, I have had a chance to witness him in action firsthand as one of his colleagues at Oasis Acupuncture Clinic. He’s a mild mannered yet stunningly engaging clinician who shuns the spotlight. Sometimes I compare im to the Lakeside Recluse Li Shizhen; the difference being that Doc Eddie’s “lake” is his hobby of photography.
Somewhat like J.D. Salinger, Doc Eddie doesn’t usually give interviews to the media. Again, I should know, because he usually would send me to do it for him. Lately, however, he had consented to being interviewed by the Philippine Daily Inquirer (link). We should be happy, right?
I remember talking to Doc Eddie the other day and he starts off by saying “I was misquoted!” I then got a chance to look at the article and I found myself saying to myself, “uh oh, I can see why Doc Eddie is peeved…” I could instantly see that there were phrases and sentences that I know no educated acupuncturist would use or at the very least, were obviously taken out of context.
Here is a link to the article: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/13691/healing-through-flowing. I leave it to the reader to browse through it.
Understanding that most probably there were misunderstandings (boy, that’s redundant), Doc Eddie wrote a letter to the editor of the Inquirer, with the intention of clarifying statements that might unintentionally give readers the wrong ideas. With Doc Eddie’s permission I am posting the contents of that letter here:
Dear editor,Thank you for featuring me on your lifestyle issue (September 13, 2011: Healing through flowing). Many of my patients and colleagues enjoyed the well-written article on Traditional Chinese Medicine and its great lay-out. And, I enjoyed it, too. However, I have to clarify a point which I think is very important. On the fourth paragraph from last, it stated that TCM is not a cure. Perhaps, I may not have uttered it clearly but I think I said that it is not a cure-all. Because once harmony and balance is restored, we say that the patient is cured. It is not palliative since patients note the permanent effects TCM provides for conditions like migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, stroke and insomnia. Yes, it has limits.But in many instances, it greatly complements Western Medicine in complicated conditions like cancer, auto-immune disorders and a number of psychiatric disorders. Worldwide, premier hospitals offer acupuncture in physical rehabilitation for stroke and trauma, for the control of side effects in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy and even as an adjunct in the treatment of nicotine, drug addiction and alcoholism.I do hope I am able to help in your advocacy in promoting wellness. And, let me thank you again for the opportunity to explain a field of medicine that has helped me serve our countrymen.More power to you and your team.Truly yours,Edilberto M. Concepcion, MD
Hi all, not much in terms of tcm blogging. Not that there hasn’t been much to comment on; more of too busy to set my thoughts on virtual paper. In the meantime I’m trying wordpress for iOS. This should make blogging easier hehe.
I know I haven’t blogged in a while – very hectic schedule and all – but I simply must greet my handful of readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Yes, that’s the title of an article published today in the Philippine Star. (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=630865&publicationSubCategoryId=63)
The way the headline is written, one would think that the warning issued was against Chinese Medicine as in Chinese Medicine the tradition, such as the medicine I practice. It does not say “Warning Issued On Chinese Medicines” or “Warning Issued on Fake Chinese Medicine”. No, it uses the general term “Warning Issued on Chinese Medicine”.
I will quote the article in full here:
MANILA, Philippines – People are urged to exercise caution when taking Chinese medicine.
Speaking to reporters, Leonila Ocampo, Philippine Pharmaceutical Association (PPA) president, said many Chinese medicinal and herbal products are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Therefore they are considered counterfeit, although legitimate in the country where they were manufactured, she added.
Under Republic Act 8203, or the Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs, fake medicine pertains to unregistered imported drug products, Ocampo said.
Dr. Minerva Calimag, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) food, drugs and cosmetics committee chairman, said security in the country’s coasts is weak, enabling smugglers to bring in counterfeit medicine.
“If fake drugs are coming from outside (the country), our problem is how to secure the borders because there are many channels through which it could come into the market,” she said.
The government must be able to prevent the entry of counterfeit drugs into the country, Calimag said.
The PPA and PMA are members of Samahan Laban sa Pekeng Gamot.
It has been estimated that one of every 10 drugs in the country is fake, based on the cases reported to the FDA.
The country’s pharmaceutical market is steadily growing, making it a target of counterfeiters.
In its website, Samahan has identified Binondo, Manila as among the hotspots for counterfeit medicine.
The funny part is, I actually AGREE with most of what is said in the article.
Yes, there are tons of smuggled Chinese medicine products of questionable integrity. I am the FIRST to admit that probably half of all over the counter drugs sold in Chinese drugstores are of poor quality or fake.
But in NO WAY should that merit a headline that passes judgment on the Chinese medical tradition as a whole!
Now for the one part of the article I don’t agree with: the idea that if a Chinese materia medica does not pass through the FDA, it should not be used at all.
Hence, let’s ban drinking tea for health purposes.
Let’s ban the use of ginger tea or salabat to relieve sore throat.
Let’s ban the use of eating watermelon to keep cool.
Why? Because those are all examples of using materials in the Chinese tradition, as per my previous post.
Shall I go on? Let’s not use tawas or alum to relieve body odor. That’s a materia medica used in Chinese medicine, to relieve Heat which manifests as body odor.
Let’s not massage using ginger oils for body aches, let’s ban medicinal massage, let’s ban…
You get the idea.