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Spouses of Ambassadors experience benefits of TCM

Updated: 2016-05-18
By Wu Guoji (chinadaily.com.cn)
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Wives of envoys and staff at embassies are attracted to a TCM seminar organized by doctors from a renowned TCM hospital.

Dr Zhao Qi, an acupuncture specialist and division chief of international cooperation at Dong Zhi Men Hospital, has put great effort into introducing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to foreigners, giving TCM lectures at embassies and accepting foreign students at his consulting room. He recently organized a TCM seminar for spouses of ambassadors living in Beijing, with the help of Dr Zoubida Rabehi, wife of Algerian ambassador to China.

The eight-week program was based on the body constitution theory founded by national TCM Master Wang Qi, where every individual can be classified into one of the nine identified body types: Qi-deficiency, phlegm-dampness, Yang-deficiency, Yin-deficiency, blood-stasis, Qi-depression, damp-heat,, inherited special constitution, and normality.

The 20 participants from 15 countries, some of whom are Western medical practitioners, also learned some practical techniques of TCM such as cupping, moxibustion, scraping and massage at the seminar’s first session.

All these techniques are physical treatments, and there is no side effect, “it provides me with basic skills of treatments for my family, my friends,” said Esra Gunaydin, wife of a Turkish diplomat and also a biology PhD graduate.

As the first session, which was designed for beginners, came to an end, the second session will focus on further TCM treatments. This time, participants will learn how to make TCM facial masks, lose weight and gain a more balanced lifestyle. “There will be more seminars like this in the future, and each participant will get a certificate at the end of the session,” Dr Zhao said.

Dong Zhi Men Hospital has been playing a leading role in promoting TCM abroad, according to Yan Jun, Deputy Director of the hospital. They established TCM Klinik Kotzting in Germany in 1991, the first of such kind in Europe. TCM physicians from China have been closely working with their Germany counterparts on complicated conditions, combining TCM treatments with Western medicine.

The hospital, which is affiliated to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, is also training overseas students in real-life TCM treatments. Students from more than 70 countries have participated in clinical trainings at the hospital, said Mr Yan.

“In the future, it is possible that we might offer MOOC on TCM in English,” he said.

On Nov 17, 2014, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Western Sydney University signed a contract to build a TCM center in Australia. President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott co-witnessed the ceremony.

“We still have a long way to go in promoting TCM abroad, but the good news is that TCM is gaining more recognition around the world,” said national TCM Master Wang Qi.

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