1. Here’s how Chinese actor Xu Ting died after ditching chemotherapy over Chinese traditional medicine

Here’s how Chinese actor Xu Ting died after ditching chemotherapy over Chinese traditional medicine

Xu Ting's death has triggered world-wide debate on the cons of using traditional medicine. According to photos widely circulated on social media after her death, Xu Ting's body was swollen and bruised.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2016 12:59 PM
xu ting, chemotherapy, chemotherapy cost, chemotherapy treatment, traditional chinese medicine, traditional chinese medicine in india Xu Ting’s death has triggered world-wide debate on the cons of using traditional medicine. According to photos widely circulated on social media after her death, Xu Ting’s body was swollen and bruised. (Photo Source; Weibo)

A young Chinese actress, Xu Ting, died on September 7 because she initially chose to shun ‘modern’ treatment and opted for traditional Chinese medication instead. Xu Ting, 25, was suffering from lymphoma. This form of cancer responds well to chemotherapy, as a first0line treatment.

Xu Ting’s death has triggered world-wide debate on the cons of using traditional medicine. According to photos widely circulated on social media after her death, Xu Ting’s body was swollen and bruised. This has cast doubt and highlighted the adverse impact traditional Chinese therapies can have over conventional medication.

The Chinese actor, had in July, declared that she would refrain from chemotherapy as she didn’t want to be tortured. “I want to enjoy every day of my life,” Xu said.

The actresses who acted in a comedy Lost In Macau, also said, “I won’t let chemotherapy torture me to the point where there’s no beauty and talent left”

Xu added that chemotherapy was very costly in China and she feared side effects of that treatment.

Alternatively, she chose treatments like cupping, acupuncture and ‘gua sha’ (it involves scraping skin with a hard instrument). Xu admitted that traditional Chinese was painful too.

Later in August, Xu Ting’s sister urged her to undergo chemotherapy as her health deteriorated. But she died shortly after her first few sessions.

The American Cancer Society states that there is no scientific evidence that cupping has any health benefits. But supporters of Chinese traditional therapies came out in support of her decision to abdicate conventional ones. Dr Feng Li of  Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing said, “While conventional therapies like radiology and chemotherapy are effective in reducing the tumour”, Chinese therapies were “effective in reducing after-effects like as vomiting and pain.”

He added Chinese therapies help repair the immune system and minimise chances of the tumour’s re-emergence.

  1. L
    Oct 14, 2016 at 9:04 am
    Chemotherapy should be first line treatment option. For recuperating and getting support use of alternative medicines with appropriate exercise like yoga "can" be taken.
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    1. Kim G.
      Oct 8, 2016 at 4:39 am
      Traditional medicine maintains a strong dystane for traditional medicine and has a standard practice of saying no traditional methods work.The continuing refusal to accept the properties of marajhuana as a tool that possesses many positive health treatments is but one of many natural benefits, yet the Western medical system sees them as backward and barbaric.
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        Venkat
        Oct 12, 2016 at 1:02 am
        The article seems to claim that no one died after a chemo. Allopathy has not always been successful though it might have been the better solution in this case.
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          Alan
          Oct 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm
          Big Pharma will stop at nothing to misinform us.
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          1. Jayaraman Nagarajan
            Oct 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm
            Cancer is determined to kill the patient. The suffering cancer patient undergo with chemotherapy and after effect of vomiting and similar pain under Chinese therapy makes no difference for the patient. Her belief in Chinese Medicine does not require elaboration
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              raja
              Oct 21, 2016 at 10:21 am
              Chinese medicine is notorious for using unethical items like wilflife animal parts which encourage poaching across continents.
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                raja
                Oct 21, 2016 at 10:19 am
                Moreover Chinese medicines use unethical items like animal horns, s, tails, teeth etc leading to wildlife extinction.
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                  Dehlavi
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm
                  F-u-g-ly Chinese and their traditions.
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                  1. Tim Greening-Jackson
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm
                    The problem with "alternative medicine" is that if it actually worked it would be adopted and become just "medicine".
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