NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
James Rakua was among dozens of Kenyan employees
at Chinese tiles manufacturing firm, Twyford Ceramics Limited,
who turned up for a health check-up conducted by a group of
specialists in traditional Chinese medicine on Thursday.
The 38 years old
father of three who is a devoted security officer at the firm
that is located about 60 kilometers south east of the Kenyan
capital, Nairobi was keen to be attended by an acupuncturist to
find relief from his back pains.
“I heard about the
potency of traditional Chinese medicine recently and decided to
give it a try in the hope that it will relieve me of the stress
of repetitive back pains,” Rakua told Xinhua.
“The doctor listened
to me attentively and conducted some needling on my back that
has paid off since the pain has eased,” he added.
Born and raised in
the semi arid Kajiado County where Twyford is located, Rakua has
unwavering commitment to his current vocation that requires
agility of body and mind.
The recent bout of
back pains was a distraction to the five and a half feet tall
security officer hence his determination to secure an audience
with the Chinese acupuncturist.
“I’m confident the
therapy session with the doctor will ease my back pains for the
long haul. I have discovered that other colleagues of mine were
excited by the prospect of discovering the magic of Chinese
traditional medicine,” said Rakua.
Kenyan employees of
Twyford had palpable excitement as they waited for their turn to
see the specialists in traditional Chinese medicine that ranged
from acupuncturists, gynecologists and orthopedics.
Regina Muthoki, a 25
years old security guard had an animated conversation with a
gynecologist where she disclosed her past struggles with heart
burn and bloating of stomach.
-- Shan Sun, Consultant, Cervical
Spondylosis, offers consultancy to a staff of Twayford
Ceramic Ltd in Kajiado County, Rift Valley Province,
Nov. 22, 2018. A group of specialists in traditional
Chinese medicine come to Kenya to introduce ways of
tackling different ailments which are less expensive
with minimal side effects and none use of chemicals.
XINHUA PHOTO: CHARLES
“It has been a
trying moment for me in the past few months when stomach
constipation became the norm. At times, the heart burns were so
severe that they interfered with my appetite,” said Muthoki.
“The doctor listened
to my health complication and advised on the appropriate
remedies like doing away with acidic food and spices,” she
Muthoki said her
knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine was limited to the
information she gleaned from colleagues at work but learn its
enormous therapeutic value after consulting the gynecologist.
“I look forward to
trying the traditional Chinese medicine in the future whenever I
have a health complication,” said Muthoki.
medicine that has gained traction in Kenya lately is providing a
viable alternative to local population yearning for wellness
amid numerous threats to their health.
Ann Ndolli, a
housekeeper at Twyford Ceramics Limited was convinced that
specialists in traditional Chinese medicine who camped at her
work station could provide answer to her persistent chest pains
and blurred eye sight.
encouraged me to attend this health check up conducted by
Chinese medics to get a proper diagnosis on the chest pains and
blurred vision that took a toll on my day job and household
chores,” said Ndolli.
The vivacious young
mother said she was satisfied by the advice given by Chinese
specialists and looked forward to purchase anti-biotics that
could ease chest pains and visual complications.
Zack Okoth, a 29
years old soccer player who works at the Twyford’s
administration department decided to turn up for the health
check conducted by Chinese traditional medicine specialists to
find respite from pain in the right shoulder.
“Having been a goal
keeper in my local football club for some time, it is not
unusual to experience pain in the shoulders and that is why I
came over to seek advice from the Chinese doctors,” said Okoth.
“The therapy session
was stimulating and am hopeful the pain will disappear soon,” he
Abdi Godana, a
security supervisor at the largest tiles manufacturing firm in
east and central African region could not hide his joy after a
conversation with the Chinese ancient medicine specialists to
find answer to his persistent stomach pains.
“The doctors handled
me well and advised me accordingly to alleviate stomach pains
that were linked to poor dietary choices,” said Godana.
Chinese doctors were
impressed by the confidence Kenyans expressed towards the Asian
country’s time honored medical practices like acupuncture.
Yang Jun, a
traditional Chinese medicine specialist said that its positive
attributes should be harnessed in Kenya to help deal with a
heavy disease burden.
has served generations and its efficacy is indisputable.
Acupuncture in particular has been recommended by elite medical
authorities all over the world since it is very effective in
relieving pain,” said Yang.
He revealed that
about 184 countries in the world have incorporated acupuncture
in mainstream health care services since it has minimal side
effects and is less costly.