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Literature review of Chinese culture
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For many years, the Chinese have had a complete system of medical knowledge different from the conventional medicine practiced today, but with time, it was overshadowed by western medical and nursing practices (Wu, 2012). However, many medical practitioners more so nurses and doctors are developing new respect for the traditional health practices of the Chinese, which have often proven quite progressive and useful independently as well as alongside modern medicine.
Nursing Education in China was based on the medical model and majority of the nurse trainees attended around two to four years of formal training, however, elements of Chinese culture significantly influenced the practice. In a study carried out in Hong Kong to determine the extent to which nurses used Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 80% of them admitted to having used at some point while over 90 said they had confidence in it. The endorsement of nurses proves beyond doubt that TCM is still relevant and practical; in fact, in some instances it can prove to be more effective and progressive than conventional modern practices (Charlie et al., 2008). Among the most popular were, massage therapy, herbal medicine bone setting and aromatherapy, majority of registered nurses recommended the use of acupuncture or acupressure for patients who suffered from musculoskeletal disorders. According to Chinese beliefs, illness is caused by disharmony and imbalance within the patient and between them and the environment, thus the restoration of balance is a major concern of Chinese medical and nursing practice. ...
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