Recognizing Traditional Chinese Medicine Customs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Report


Recognizing Traditional Chinese Medicine Customs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Report


Justin Chin 1,2, Christine Lomiguen 2,3,  Kevin Hon4, George Nguyen5, Cynthia Carmichael1

1Department of Family Medicine, Lifelong Medical Care, CA USA; 2Department of Medical Education, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA USA; 3Department of Family Medicine, Millcreek Community Hospital, PA USA; 4Department of Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, NY USA; 5Department of Internal Medicine, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix, AZ USA


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the belief of vital energy (qi) within the body and attributes disease with imbalance in energies (yin and yang). The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated unique physical barriers, including increased physical distancing, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and telehealth services, which complicate existing efforts to understand alternative health practices. This case report highlights the importance of cultural competency training for healthcare providers, as evident in improved patient care when recognizing and acknowledging TCM customs in association with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Keywords: Traditional Chinese Medicine Customs; COVID-19 Pandemic; Case Report

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Justin Chin, Christine Lomiguen, Kevin Hon, George Nguyen, Cynthia Carmichael. Recognizing Traditional Chinese Medicine Customs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Report . International Journal of Case Reports, 2021,5:239. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2021-07-3105


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