Israeli national aims to become Chinese Medicine practitioner Print

An Israeli national gave up his career as a doctor three years ago to pursue an unlikely profession in Taiwan: becoming a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.

Gil Elazar Ton, 34, had served as a paramedic in the military for three years, during which he found his calling and became determined to go into medicine. After being discharged from the military, he spent a few years travelling to India and Beijing, where, after being impressed by a classmate, he fell in love with Oriental culture and developed a yearning to visit Taiwan, reported Liberty Times.

With the assistance of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, Ton received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and embarked on a new life, taking up studies in acupuncture science at the China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan. Unintimidated by the abstruse and obscure terminology of acupoints and their respective applications written in Chinese – knowledge that even locals find daunting – Ton said he has enjoyed acquiring the Chinese language through studying alternative medicine, and even called it an “enthralling” experience to break down the components of Chinese characters, each of which has its own story.

(Issue Nov 2018)