Hi. I’m Dr. Weihui Li. I am a licensed acupuncturist,
herbalist, and hold a PhD in biomedical engineering. As the president of Wellness
Allied, I am committed to the promotion of integrative medicine, which I
believe will allow people to live longer and healthier
Currently, we are living under a cloud of uncertainty which
is the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Some of this uncertainty stems from a lack
of complete information. In addition, the pervasive rhetoric that is
circulating about the origin of the virus is politicizing healthcare.
There exists a current undertone of Anti-Chinese sentiment or Sinophobia. A rising wave of sentiment against China and its leadership is palpable in
this country. The concern is that like COVID-19, sentiment will spread to
Chinese Americans and Chinese culture. In a not too distant history, we can
remember that following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, about 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were put into concentration
camps under Executive Order 9066 by then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.
History cannot be repeated.
Our emotions are what
drives us. When we use the word 'pandemic,' people often react negatively and
with great anxety. To combat the fear and insecurity, we must embrace measures
that have a proven record of success and effectiveness. Negative rhetoric and
Anti-Chinese sentiment may not only ignite violence against Asian people, it
may also preclude people from trying Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been
proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Look, The City of Wuhan and its
surrounding provinces have no new cases to report.
By rising above the ill-informed notions, opinions, and even
public sentiments negatively impacting the Chinese community, with xenophobic
rants and in some cases, violence, we can be open to a true humanitarian solution. A solution that combines
the ancient wisdom of eastern medicine with the science of western medicine, so
we can all enjoy the prosperity of good health.
The conversation needs to begin, and
bridges need to be built. Because Health has no borders.