Xinzhi Guo – China

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Guo Xinzhi (46) is the chief medical officer and director of the Shanxi Poliomyelitis Rehabilitation Hospital, and a State Council subsidized specialist and pioneer in the recovery, prevention and study of poliomyelitis and senile dementia. Through various tests, Guo has achieved many breakthroughs in the treatment of these diseases using a combination of Chinese and Western medicine.

She says: “We must solve the problems faced by the Party, government, patients and families, and improve the lives of Chinese people and the well-being of the human species. I have no regrets or grudges”.

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Xinzhi Guo – China

Guo was born in a family with a history of doctors in earlier generations. She graduated from Shanxi Medical University in 1978. From 1980 onwards, with her immense knowledge of Western and Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and her dedication to this life-saving profession, she has been working on testing, including continuous testing of the impact of acupuncture and medicine on her own body and important acupoints like fengfu and yamen.

Guo often contacted abandoned children with poliomyelitis. As a doctor, she could not accept such tragedies and felt a strong sense of responsibility to surmount the disease. After 20 years intensive research and exploration, she found over 10 new effective acupoint areas in the head, eye, neck, hands, waist, and belly, bringing a new rehabilitation theory and experiences to the treatment of poliomyelitis and senile dementia by combining acupuncture with western and traditional Chinese medicine. This is a great leap forward in the history of both Chinese and world medicine since these diseases were considered incurable before.

Guo is the first person to combine traditional Chinese rehabilitation techniques – scalp acupuncture, face acupuncture, eye acupuncture, neck acupuncture, hand acupuncture, belly acupuncture, waist acupuncture, body acupuncture, point injection therapy, block therapy, massage therapy, tuina therapy, fingering, and herbal medicine – with modern rehabilitation techniques – exercise therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy, educational therapy, and social rehabilitation – in treating poliomyelitis and senile dementia. This has created a new treatment system based on both traditional Chinese and western medical techniques. In the case of treating poliomyelitis and senile dementia, her achievement is definitely a breakthrough in the history of world medicine.

At the present moment, Guo’s scientific research results have been applied in 21 cities and provinces in China including Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen and 18 countries including US, Japan, and Germany. She keeps on working, discovering and advancing in order to improve the quality of health of the human race.

Guo is diligent to say the least; she has not had holidays or Sundays off for many years. A rough estimation shows that she put needles on more than 3,000 acupunctures points and rotates needles about 70,000–80,000 times per day. In the last 20 odd years, she has treated more than 50,000 infantile poliomyelitis and senile dementia patients from China and abroad; among these patients, more than 30,000 received systematic treatment from her. Out of the 30,000 more than 10,000 recovered and resumed normal life, including going to nurseries and schools, receiving training and education, returning to work, getting married and giving birth. More than 10,000 cases became self-reliant in their daily lives, while the rest are under rehabilitation. The overall recovery rate has reached 97.8% according to the clinical evaluation and investigation made by experts, meaning more than 30,000 families regained happiness.

Regardless of these extraordinary achievements, Guo is not interested in calculating her losses and gains and is indifferent to fame. She gave the medicine formula freely to the provincial research institute rather than selling it to a pharmaceutical factory in Henan Province which offered a price of RMB100, 000 Yuan. She declined many good offers from Europe and America to give lectures or to practice medicine. She donated tens of thousand RMB Yuan – bonus that she obtained from the Government as recognition of her scientific research contribution – to social welfare agencies. She says her roots are in Shanxi Province and her career is in China.

Guo also sets an example of how a medical worker should serve the people – working at the grassroots level for many years, she works on the frontline everyday, not only attentive to her personal progress, development, and innovation but also to the overall construction and development of the hospital, including the training of a young medical team. Certainly, she feels tired and other people can hardly understand what she has gone through. In order to provide better rehabilitation services for more patients, she has proposed to construct a Shanxi International Poliomyelitis Rehabilitation Hospital based on the experiences of the existing hospital. In order to realize this plan, she has done a lot of investigation, surveys, demonstrations, researches, and designs, compiled in a feasibility report of more than 30,000 Chinese words.

A special report about Guo, namely Guo Xinzhi – Love Never Gives Up, was shown in “Children from the Orient “ program of Chinese Central Television on December 19, 2003. The audiences, including patients and their family members, were very impressed by her simplistic style of expression and her persistence and devotion to her career.It is Guo’s oath and life’s goal to help resolve the problems faced by the Party and the Government, and by the patients and their families, in order to improve the quality of life of the Chinese people and to improve the general well being of the human species. (1000PeaceWomen).

China Selects Ten Most Outstanding Women: China’s first female masters student Zhang Ke majored in combat command from the People’s Liberation Army with other nine women were awarded as the ten most outstanding women.

The award, the third time it has been granted in the country, was cosponsored by the All-China Women’s Federation and 11 leading media organizations in China.

The other nine winners of the prize include: Hu Dabai, president of Henan Yellow River University of Science and Technology, China’s only non-governmental university, Qian Yubao, general manager of one of the best ten textile enterprises in China, Zhang Jianhao, head of a village in south China’s Guangdong Province over the past 24 years, and Lei Min, a member of China Women’s Special Cops Team.

Also awarded were Chang Yuzhen, who invested millions of yuan to build military sanitariums and orphanages, Wang Jialing, a captain navigating at the Yangtze River for over 1.6 million kilometers, Guo Xinzhi, awarded by the Cambridge University in Britain for her achievement in treating brain diseases with acupuncture, Xiang Liying, a pioneering private entrepreneur engaging in environment-friendly building materials, and Qie Xiushu, a researcher of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The ten women were selected from 36 candidates from all over China. Candidates this year have been more educated and younger than those two years ago.

Founded in 1992, the Shanxi Provincial Cerebral Palsy Hospital is affiliated to the provincial Union of Disabled People of China (UDPC) and a para-statal comprehensive unit which brings clinical practice, research, teaching and education under one umbrella. It is also the only research unit in the nation that specializes in the prevention and treatment of infantile cerebral palsy and senile dementia comporting a “highly specialized hospital, departments and staff” …

… Under the leadership of the hospital’s director, Dr. Guo Xinzhi, a National Model Laborer and expert on Cerebral Palsy, the hospital has undertaken several key projects notably “The Seventh Five-Year Plan”, “The Eighth Five-Year Plan” and “The Ninth Five-Year Plan” by appointment of the National Health Commission, the National Science Commission and the Shanxi Provincial Science Commission … (full long text, 2007-8-25).

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