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Feature: Chinese doctor popular among Israeli cancer patients
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21:06, October 18, 2007

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Every time she goes to the clinic of Chinese doctor Li Hongfen in Tel Aviv for acupuncture, Mirra would bring a bouquet of flowers for Li.

"Now we are like families," said Mirra, kissing Li as they were greeting each other.
Mirra, a woman in her 50s, has been under the treatment of Li since March 2000 when she was diagnosed with unknown original Cancer Metastasis of the left bolt area and the left armpit and refused chemotherapy.

After receiving years of treatment at Li's clinic, Mirra's cancer cell has disappeared by a miracle, but she continued to visit Dr. Li and take Li's medicine regularly lest the disease recurs.

Excellent curative techniques won her good reputations in Israel, Li has founded the International Chinese Medicine Cancer Research Center of Israel in addition to a clinic and a pharmacy, both are deft at treating cancer patients with Chinese traditional herb medicine.

Li's success is an Israeli version of "American dream."

In 1996, Li, as a research fellow and professor of Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, was invited to Israel for cancer and asthma research in Tel Aviv University and Tel Hashomer Hospital.

After almost 12 years of hard work, Li, who is now at her 40s, has more than 5,000 patients like Mirra in Israel. Every day about 30 people come to visit her clinic.
However, Li's path to the success was rugged similar to most of the other success stories.

At the very beginning she faced great pressure as many people were suspicious of curative effects of the traditional Chinese medicine. Some relatives of the patients even called her, saying that if she only treated the patients with traditional Chinese medicine, in case it fails, they would sue her.

But strong sense of responsibility and confidence in the effect of Chinese medicine treatment encouraged Li greatly. And it does never let her down.

Mirra's case speaks a lot. Only one and half years after Mirra received treatment at Li's clinic, tests showed that no malignant tumor was found in her body, and the blood tests were completely normal.

Mirra said she is sure that Dr. Li's devoted treatment helped her overcome the cancer. "God sends Dr. Li to me. The most important thing is to let more people know her and come to her earlier."

"I am living with a good quality life and I didn't miss my work one day and I think that's because Li's medicine," said Mirra, who is a coach of movement.

Mirra now has another wish that is one day she could visit China, although Dr. Li did not back the idea of a long-haul flight journey. "I have known about the Chinese medicine and I want to know more of Chinese culture," she insisted.
Dr. Li's popularity is not only because of her professional techniques but also thanks to her optimism.

Mandy, who accompanied her mother to visit Li, said the Israeli patients like Li because she is optimistic. "She is very different from Israeli doctors," said Mandy, "She always tells in a good way, even in a very difficult condition."

"Dr. Li usually says 'I will try to treat you and give you more years to live,' while Israeli doctors are used to tell you 'You can only live three months and after that you will die.'"

In award for her special contribution, the Israeli government gave Li the right of permanent residence in 2003, the first Chinese who got it in this Jewish state with strict immigration policy.

Encouraged by the achievements she has already made in Israel, Li is blueprinting a more ambitious career: she wants to found Chinese medicine research centers in other parts of the world and let more people know about traditional Chinese medicine.

"I have planned to open a research center in Britain next year since I have many patients there," she said in an upbeat voice.

Source: Xinhua

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