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Foreigners explore the mystery of traditional Chinese medicine treatments

2018/5/14 16:02:49   source:sdchina.com

Foreigners from Russia, Vietnam, Mongolia and Thailand recently embarked on a journey of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Jinan Taijingtang. Here, they got a deep understanding of the history of TCM treatments and experienced TCM meridian screening, massotherapy, cupping, scrapping and moxibustion.

No sooner had they entered Taijingtang than they became attracted by a hand-drawn TCM painting hanging on the wall. They stopped to watch and studied it carefully.

Having had a taste of the herbal tea drinks made by Taijingtang, they were given a detailed introduction of the history of TCM treatments. They marveled at the mysterious TCM therapy while listening to the staff's introduction.

After that, the foreigners followed the therapist into the clinic. Tran Khanh Linh, an overseas student from Vietnam, experienced the cupping therapy. While operating the cups, the therapist said to the foreigners, "Cupping is a kind of TCM therapy taking cups as the main tool, and by using fire to produce negative pressure which absorbs the cups firmly on the skin and causes partial blood stasis so as to achieve the effects of clearing and activating the main and collateral channels, promoting the flow of qi and blood circulation, relieving swelling and pains, and expelling wind and removing cold."

The foreigners were so surprised to see the fire cupping therapy that they couldn't help asking Tran Khanh Linh whether it was hot and hurt. "No, it is not hot but only warm," she replied.

"I supposed it might hurt", said Tran Khanh Linh after she received the cupping therapy, "But actually it didn't hurt. Instead, my body feels lighter and relaxed."

Laocharoen Atittaya, from Thailand, said TCM was not strange to her and her brother once studied TCM. Today, TCM is taught in many colleges in Thailand.

Munkhtulga Maitsetseg, from Mongolia, experienced the treatment of moxibustion. "It is amazing that the therapist knows where is wrong with my body by just touching my belly!" she cried. Though she knew very little about TCM before this activity, she has become very interested inTCM.

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