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TCM helps end coma

AFTER almost five months in a coma, a 19-year-old South Korean has regained consciousness at the Shuguang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.

Officials said she had been receiving a combination of Western and TCM treatment.

Han Sae Ni, an international student of Jincai High School, began to respond to visitors on June 1 and woke up on June 4 - 140 days after emergency surgery for severe brain and chest injuries sustained when she fell from the third floor of a restaurant on January 14.

She has regained perception, but still needs long-term rehabilitation to recover language and body movement, hospital officials said.

"She was in critical condition on arrival at hospital," said hospital official Xu Meiqin. Though the surgery saved her life, she fell into a coma afterward.

Doctors at the hospital introduced Chinese herbs for Han and gave her An Gong Niu Huang Wan, or cow bezoar pills. "The pill is a traditional therapy to bring people out of a coma," Xu said.

The pill, which consists of many TCM components such as bezoar, pearl and water buffalo horn, is used to treat stroke, encephalitis and childhood fever and help restore consciousness.

The medicine gained fame when it was used to treat Liu Hairuo, a Hong Kong TV presenter who recovered from brain injuries suffered in a train accident in 2002.


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