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At first Glance, most people would think that going to China for acupuncture is crazy.  My worker's compensation attorney, a past worker's compensation judge, asked me "how can I explain your trip to China without making you sound like a space cadet.?"

When my friend first suggested going to China, a medical history was China for evaluation.  Before planning on going China, the acupuncture treatment in Boston showed promise of helping. It was determined that the treatment did not work because I kept working.

Here are the reasons it made sense to go to China:

  • The location did not matter.
  • It was cheaper to fly to China and pay for the treatment there.
  • The quality of care was better.
  • The trip was recommended by the treating physician in Cambridge.
  • Results.

I was told that I had to be out of work for the treatment to work. Did it really matter if I stayed home in Waltham, or stayed at the hospital in China? I still would not have reported to the office. If I had to be out of work, I thought I should receive the best treatment possible. If I did not recover, I would not be able to work in a career that used a keyboard. There are not many jobs that don't use a keyboard. Which is the better place to be treated, the place that goes by the book, or the place that wrote the book? The only differences would be that in China the treatment would cost less and the treatment would be better.

I was amazed when a friend informed me that the cost in China for treatment would be $3.00 per treatment. For the two weeks of treatment I received:

  1. Daily acupuncture for ten treatments. Both electrical and with moxybustion.
  2. Chinese massage daily, for 5 days.
  3. Electrical muscle stimulation daily for 5 days.
  4. Neck x-rays
  5. Arm x-rays
  6. Evaluation of the wrist by a surgeon.

The total cost for the medical treatment in China was $72.00. The airfare was approximately $1100.00.   The equivalent treatment in Boston would have cost at least $2000.00.

Dr. Zhao Xin Mei is a full professor at the medical school in Guanzhou. She would treat twenty to thirty patients at the hospital in the morning. In the afternoons she would teach at the medical school.  The other doctor, whose name I did not, had just returned from a lecture circuit. They were the two heads of the acupuncture department in the Jinan University Hospital.  In a hospital setting, a doctor would have access to other doctors that could give second opinions or analysis,  which is not available in an office setting as in Boston.

I asked Dr. Gordin, if it would be better to be treated by him, or treated in China. He answered that it would be better to be treated in China since, "they are the experts." The doctors who treated me in China were the experts. When I returned, I had reviewed the treatment with Dr. Gordin, and he was impressed. He was not only impressed with the results, he was also impressed with some of the pulse points that the doctor used. Dr. Borg-Stein also saw the results and recommended that I continue with the acupuncture and not work for three months.

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that has been recognized by the National Institute of Health.


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