Hong Kong Baptist University

Marcus Gadau's treatment for back pain as a teenager prompted him to study Chinese healing in Beijing for five years. Photo: Jonathan Wong

German convert to Chinese medicine joins fight for traditional healing hospital

A decade ago, Marcus Gadau was bedridden with chronic back pain due to a hole in his lung. The 16-year-old could never have imagined his agony would see him leave his home in Germany to study a degree in traditional Chinese medicine for five years in Beijing, become fluent in Putonghua and start a doctorate at Baptist University's Chinese medicine department.