Traditional Chinese medicine is a shining pearl in the treasury of ancient oriental culture. It is based on broad and profound theories and aided by a wide variety of medicines to create many astonishing medical miracles that have lasted forever in the history of mankind. The mystical and miraculous theories of traditional Chinese medicine once overwhelmed medical practitioners in a most awe-inspiring manner.
Fundamentally speaking, traditional Chinese medicine is the identical to the modern western medicine with the same ultimate goals in the study of human health and the subject of disease and prevention. Through the theories of the Chinese medicine using the four ‘hope, hear, ask, and cut’, methods of diagnosis, the progression, symptoms, and mechanism and recognition of the origin of the disease are thus concluded. Next, according to the progress of the disease, the strengths of the healthy and the pathogenic chi, the physique factor, the climate factor, and the location factor, the prescription, the selection, and the administration of the medicine as well as health care are proposed.
Traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes the intrinsic unity and integrity of the human body including the mutual relationships between the internal organs, psychological and physiological activities, and people and the natural world. The holistic concept, the concept of constant movement, and differential diagnosis and treatment are stressed for the treatment of disease. In addition to the unique concept of health care, the importance of the preservation of spirit is emphasized to develop a distinctive medical system.
Background and History
The Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital was officially founded on August 1, 1996. Since the opening of the clinic, the broad and profound traditional Chinese medicine was considered in combination with the technology of western medicine to educate students of the new generation and to reach the pinnacle of modern medicine for the benefit of all mankind. Therefore, after the vigorous preparation and endeavor by Chang Gung University, the Ministry of Education finally approved the admission of students to the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1998.
Senior Chinese medicine professors are invited to teach at the University and to share their rich experiences and accomplishments in the integration of Chinese and western medicine.
An excellent learning and research environment is provided for the training of doctors with attainments in modern medicine, technological information, and Chinese medicine.
Teaching, research, examination, clinical practice, and service are integrated as a whole.
Courses in western medicine are offered together with the Medicine Department of the University including medical fundamentals, clinical medicine, and practice courses.
Characteristic of the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the teaching of both Chinese and western medicine which allows the student to acquire capabilities in both Chinese and western medicine. The courses offered include Basic Education, General Education, Basic Education of Chinese and Western Medicine, Clinical Education of Chinese and Western Medicine, Practice of Western Medicine in the 7th year, and Practice of Chinese Medicine in the 8th year. In order to develop the students’ life-long learning ability, problem oriented teaching is added to the courses in coordination with the General Education course focusing on the nurture of personalities with the aim of developing excellent doctors in Chinese and western combination medicine who have both ability and moral integrity.
Creation of an environment for the Development of Chinese Medicine: An excellent learning environment is provided to develop medical experts in the new generation with modern medical knowledge and Chinese medicine literacy to enhance Chinese medicine research, teaching standard, and medical service.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine: Through the technology and knowledge of modern medicine, the theories of Chinese medicine are studied and the scientific method is used to remove the bad and retain the good for the greater benefit of Chinese medicine.
Internationalization of Chinese Medicine: Chinese Medicine is the essence and the treasure of Chinese culture as well as part of the intellectual wealth of all humankind. After the understanding and interpretation of the theories and the practice by the scientific approach of the modern age, Chinese medicine should be spread to every place in the world for internationalization to benefit all mankind.
Development of Research Professionals: In order to further develop Chinese medical science, the establishment of the College of Chinese Medicine is planned in coordination with a medium-term development project to cultivate clinical and research professionals in Chinese medicine and to enhance the levels of teaching, research, and service of Chinese medicine.
Compiling of Chinese Medicine Teaching Materials to Enhance the Quality of Teaching of Chinese Medicine: The Department needs to have its own independent teaching materials. Through compiling of the teaching material, the contents of the teaching materials are enriched while the final teaching materials are submitted to the Ministry of Education as references for the assembly and editing of textbooks by the Ministry.
Industry-University Collaboration: The Department collaborates with the Graduate Institute of Natural Products and the Chinese Medicine Department and Chinese Medicine Pharmacy of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital to drive the research, teaching, and medical service of Chinese medicine.
Establishment of the Chang Gung Chinese Medicine College: The Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Graduate Institute of Traditional Medicine, the Graduate Institute of Natural Products, and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital have been established to educate and develop top-level Chinese and western medicine specialists with knowledge of both Chinese and western medicine. The goal of internationalization and modernization of Chinese medicine can be accomplished as soon as possible through the close collaboration of professional specialists from the College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, and College of Management
Purchase of Chinese Medicine books, journals, and microfilms of rare books: The establishment of the Chang Gung Chinese Medical College requires plenty of reference materials about Chinese medicine. In addition to Chinese pharmaceutical books published in Taiwan and the collections of rare books and microfilms in Mainland China, the School also went to Mainland China to purchase Chinese medicine books and journals to help teachers and students enrich the knowledge and study of Chinese medicine.