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TCM, Western medicine go hand in hand, says Tzu Chi doctor

March 27, 2019 | Jonas Trinidad

Near the end of the talk, Dr. Tsung-Jung Ho check up on one of several attendees suffering from leg pain. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

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  • In his talk on March 27 at the Jing Si Hall, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital deputy-superintendent Tsung-Jung Ho iterates that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine go hand in hand. TCM’s natural approach to treatment can benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment Western medicine operates.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine should go hand in hand, according to an accomplished TCM doctor from Taiwan.

In his talk on the subject at the Jing Si Hall on March 27, TCM doctor Tsung-Jung Ho shared his insights on how TCM and Western medicine can work together to relieve suffering. Close to 100 attendees, which include Tzu Chi volunteers, local and foreign TCM practitioners, and guests with various medical conditions, were all ears during the talk.

Dr. Ho is the deputy-superintendent of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, he has been advocating the compatibility of TCM and Western medicine. He presented several cases where the alternative cures that TCM offers are supported by information gathered by state-of-the-art equipment. In all cases, the result is a treatment more effective than what either one can achieve alone.

Dr. Ho has also worked in the field of sports medicine, advising for Taiwan’s various sports teams namely in martial arts. He also holds a black belt in judo and jujitsu.

“In the past, a patient would often seek Western medicine before going to TCM. The problem is that, if these two used two different approaches in its treatment, those treatments would conflict with one another,” explained Ho.

Grateful for the opportunity to share his knowledge in the Philippines, he hoped that formal education on TCM can be established in the country.

“There’s no formal education for TCM here in the Philippines. Those who practice TCM here often have to study abroad,” Ho said.

Among the attendees are husband and wife Jeff and Stephanie Liang. Hailing from Taiwan and the Philippines respectively, they studied TCM in Guangzhou, China. Armed with the knowledge from Dr. Ho, they plan to join the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) to be able to help more people.

“My relatives work as Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan. I was inspired to join and help others as a Tzu Chi [volunteer],” said Jeff.

“Given that I’m a doctor of [Traditional Chinese Medicine], I’ve learned a great deal from the talk. I’ve learned how to work closely with Western [medicine] doctors,” said Stephanie.

Met with skepticism from the medical community in the past, TCM is rapidly gaining recognition. Some local and foreign doctors who were trained in Western medicine have since incorporated the two fields to better treat their patients with various illnesses. Tzu Chi’s hospitals in Taiwan has been treating patients with the combination of these two medicines and has seen better results for the patients.

  • Around 100 people attended the evening talk on March 27 at the Jing Si Hall. The audience includes Tzu Chi volunteers, local and foreign TCM practitioners, and guests suffering from various conditions. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Dr. Ho is the deputy-superintendent of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and has provided support for Taiwan's many sports teams especially in martial arts. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Everyone listens to Dr.Ho's sharing of his insights. He firmly believes that TCM and Western medicine should go hand in hand. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • In his presentation, Dr. Ho outlines the Tzu Chi Hospital system of treating patients through TCM. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Ho encourages everyone to perform this simple pose for their wellness. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Husband and wife Jeff (second from left) and Stephanie (far left) Liang are acquainted with Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez (far right). The couple are TCM practitioners. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】