Hua Tuo (c. 140–208), courtesy name Yuanhua, was a Chinese physician who lived during the late Eastern Han dynasty. The historical texts Records of the Three Kingdoms and Book of the Later Han record Hua Tuo as the first person in China to use anaesthesia during surgery. He used a general anaesthetic combining wine with a herbal concoction called mafeisan (麻沸散; literally "cannabis boil powder"). Besides being respected for his expertise in surgery and anaesthesia, Hua Tuo was famous for his abilities in acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine and medical Daoyin exercises. He developed the Wuqinxi (五禽戲; literally "Exercise of the Five Animals") from studying movements of the tiger, deer, bear, ape and crane.
Established in 1993, the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first of its kind on the islands of Malta and Gozo, is a centre of excellence in the treatment, education and dispensing of Traditional Chinese Medicine and therapies. We are enthusiastic about promoting in the Maltese islands the many ways in which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can work both in conjunction with, and as an alternative to, conventional Western medicine.
We are dedicated to maintaining a balance of body and mind: a holistic approach to the individual. We excel in the clinical practice of all aspects of Chinese medicine, and are well known for our successful approach to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.
Our practitioners are not only highly qualified but also experienced and have trained in TCM, acupuncture and Western Medicine in China and are certified by the China National Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Based in the Kordin, the clinic offers a range of clinical services, from acupuncture, through to the management of conditions from skin disorders and weight problems, to male sexual dysfunction.
The centre also organizes free educational seminars and courses on a range of medical disorders, open to medical practitioners, and the general public.