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What's up, Doc? ( 11-01-2012)

Update: January, 11/2012 - 10:23

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Are there traditional medicine doctors who treat foreigners in Viet Nam?

Gina Motsay, Ha Noi

The National Hospital of Traditional Medicine is a reliable address for foreigners to go for treatment. The National Hospital of Acupuncture is also quite popular among foreigners who seek traditional treatment.

At the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine, language is not a problem as doctors there can speak English. In fact, the hospital even offers training in English for foreign doctors who visit to learn more about the hospital's traditional treatment methods.

Those who come for traditional treatment often have conditions such as insomnia, allergy, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

The use of traditional medicines in addition to Western medicines helps better the effectiveness of treatment, especially for those who have develop a resistance to Western medicines or suffer side effects. Side effects may be less than with traditional treatment.

Traditional treatment also helps patients sleep better and have better appetites, thus improving their health.

Dr. Nguyen Quang Vinh

National Hospital of Traditional Medicine

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