(Xinhua) -- Mara Baumgartener, 61, lies on her
stomach on the bed with a hint of a smile, needles protruding
from her back.
This has become her routine as the
Namibian gets acupuncture therapy two times a week at the
Chinese acupuncture department in Katutura State Hospital in
Namibian capital, Windhoek.
For Baumgartener, this has been the
road to recovery after her back and feet suffered from pain for
“Before acupuncture, there were times
that my back hurt so much that I couldn’t get out of my bed,”
she told Xinhua during one of her therapy sessions.
To many, medical treatment might seem
as a painful procedure, but this has become Baumgartener’s hope
“Now I know what acupuncture does. It
is life changing for me, I’m really good. I will be coming to
acupuncture as long as I want to, it really makes difference,
because I don’t like pills,” she added.
Baumgartener is one of the many
patients in Namibia who have resorted to Chinese acupuncture
therapy, according to Chu Hailin, leader of the 12th
Chinese medical team to Namibia.
Chu has served in Namibia for the 5th
year. He said the therapy that is administered by the Chinese
medical team has gained popularity in Namibia since it landed in
the country in 1996.
“This department was established in
1996, and since then patients have been increasing over the
years as they find this form of traditional Chinese medicine
helpful,” he said.
A dedicated team of two doctors run
this department that usually handles up to 50 patients on a
daily basis. The department does not charge the patients as the
treatment is free.
According to Chu, acupuncture is
administered to those patients who suffer from a range of
ailments which include acute chronic pains, mild pains on the
different parts of the body as well as those who would have
suffered a stroke and even menstrual pain.
“This form of therapy is effective as
it targets the nerves and muscles of those who are in pain, and
gives patients relief. The acupuncture is done with different
time intervals, some have repeated sessions depending on the
severity of the ailments,” he said.
For 58-year-old Ipinge Theopolina who
has had problems with her shoulder, back and knees, the
acupuncture treatment which she started in January this year has
proven to be worth the try.
She had earlier underwent several
x-ray scans and the outcome was always good as the results
showed there was nothing wrong with her. But this did not take
away the pain, recalled Theopolina.
Although she does not exactly know
what caused her limping, Theopolina says the pain has been
alleviated ever since she started her acupuncture treatment. “I
will continue until I recover completely,” she said.
“The doctors here really helped me a
lot because previously my whole body was constantly in pain, but
now I can dance again.” she added.
Nurse Cai Xiaoying, wife of Chu Hailin,
said that acupuncture does not completely heal but it helps with
Every two years, the Chinese
government sends a new batch of doctors to replace those who
would have finished their tenure. To date the Chinese government
has deployed more than 40 doctors and nurses since the first
medicine team was sent to Namibia.