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Before the establishment of an independent division of pediatrics of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Children's Hospital, the Hospital's medical and teaching services concerning TCM pediatrics were supported and helped by China Medical University Hospital’s division of TCM pediatrics. Children's physiological structure and disease type are totally different from adults’, and there are also differences in the process of diagnosis and treatment methods.
Therefore, we hope that in the future, TCM pediatrics can be specialized, and that through professional training, the trained doctors in the Division can meet a certain level of requirements. As modern Chinese medicine, the Division will uphold the spirit of empirical medicine and actively promote clinical research in addition to clinical practice and teaching. The Division was set up at the inception of the Hospital.
In addition to TCM pediatrics, the Division integrates modern medicine and complements each other's strengths for the benefit of patients. The Hospital is the only hospital in Taiwan that has a specialty in TCM pediatrics, and it has had some useful experience in treating incurable diseases in children, such as leukemia, atopic dermatitis, lupus erythematosus, allergic rhinitis and asthma. For example, the application of TCM to relieve asthma symptoms and reduce the dosage of steroids has all achieved good results.
The Division is currently actively exploring the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma. The nose-clearing decoction and the ophiopogon variant decoction developed by us have been proved to be effective. The Division’s clinical trials on asthma have no rivals in Taiwan. Among them, clinical trial papers indicating that TCM can effectively improve the lung function of asthmatic patients and lower the use of steroids were published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and Phytotherapy Research, and other international journals, showing that Chinese herbal medicine in preventing and treating asthma has a bright future.
In terms of the cooperation between Chinese and Western medicine in children's cancer care, the Division also actively builds a joint research team with pediatrics of Western medicine to develop the best model of pediatric disease care through cooperation. In the future, the Division will continue to focus on the promotion of clinical medicine and teaching inheritance. Through the exchange and academic discussion between the Division and domestic and foreign hospitals, as well as the achievements of long-term training of doctors both at home and abroad, the Division of Pediatrics of TCM will be a leader in the field of TCM pediatrics in Taiwan and become a world-class clinical and academic center.