Chinese Medicine (CM) has its origin more than 2500 years ago, greatly influenced by the teachings and written works of great herbalists, acupuncturists, philosophers and physicians. They emphasised man’s relationship to the environment, considering the human body to be a mini universe governed by opposing forces (yin-yang) which kept the body working in balance and harmony. In health, the opposing life forces of yin and yang were in balance while in illness there was an imbalance. CM studies the person in health and disease from the aspects of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in a holistic manner. The range of treatments in CM include herbal therapy, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, tuina, bone and spine manipulations, dietary therapy, exercise therapy like qigong and taijiguan.
Currently, there is a worldwide trend to integrate certain Chinese medicine practices like acupuncture and herbal remedies to complement the management of pain and reduce side effects of drugs used to treat chronic diseases.
I still remember what our lecturer told us in our first class of the Chinese Medicine programme at IMU in 2011. “The journey of Traditional Chinese Medicine is not easy. In fact, it only starts when you graduate.” she said.
Dentistry was actually my first choice when I visited IMU, however, I did not manage to get into the dentistry programme due to the limited number of students admitted into the programme for each intake.
Chinese Medicine alumnus, Tang Sin Wei was awarded a full scholarship from the Chinese government to further pursue her Masters studies in China. The full scholarship enabled her to pursue her Masters in Acupuncture and Tuina in Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I was surprised, happy and sad at the same time when I found out that I have obtained the scholarship which covers the tuition fees, accommodation and 3000 yuan of monthly allowance. Happy because I could further my studies in China and sad because I’ll have to leave Malaysia for 3 years
International Medical University scholar, Chew Wey Chyi, started her studies in Chinese Medicine in 2011. She graduated with her degree in June 2015 and was awarded the Tun Zahir Merit Award for being the top student in her class. Wei Chyi recalls fondly her time at IMU.
In terms of skills, I believe that the University enhanced my clinical skills and soft skills in a study environment that is comfortable and conducive for the student. I am also most appreciative of the assistance and support extended to her by all IMU staff especially the Chinese Medicine lecturers. They are always available for the students and are willing to answer any question students may have regardless of the time.
I feel that IMU Chinese Medicine curriculum gives us several ways to be exposed to the current state of care that we can provide, through IMU Cares projects as well as hospital visits. Moreover, in IMU we are exposed to multiple healthcare professions – which gives us the opportunity to have inter-professional learning opportunities.
I am lucky enough to have chosen to study in IMU. During the first 3 years in IMU, learning was so exciting. Our lecturers are amazing. Not only they are the expertise in teaching this field, they are also our friends. Although sometimes it can be tough, memorising facts and stressful exams periods, they never failed to make time easier for us by standing by our side along the journey.
PhD in Chinese Medicine in Gynaecology, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China) (2005), Masters in Chinese Medicine in Gynaecology, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China) (2000), Advance Acupuncture Technique – Clinical Practice, The Chinese Acupuncture Hospital (Taiwan) (1986), Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Penang Institute of Chinese Physicians Malaysia (1984)
BMed (Acupuncture, Tuina and Orthopaedic), MMed (Acupuncture)
Phd (CM) NJUTCM, MMed (CM) SDUTCM, BMed (CM) SDUTCM
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