Newsletter: Traditional Chinese Medicine Well Received in South Africa

[Source] [Time]    2017-06-06 17:16:36 

On May 27th, the 2017 International Chinese Health Care-Chinese Medicine Seminar was held in Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The seminar showed the wonderful treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which received a warm response from the local people.

The seminar was hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and co-organized by the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University and South African Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (SAACMA). The seminar included professional training, expert lectures, instruction on medical practices, volunteer medical consultation and exchange of experience in clinical teaching and practices.

More than 100 participants attended the seminar, including Kang Yong, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Cape Town, Rubin Rhode, SAACMA Chairman, Robert Kotze, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University, Jian Fuai, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University, as well as TCM practitioners from China and South Africa, overseas Chinese and community residents.

In his opening address, Kang Yong, from his personal experience, said that TCM is preventative, eco-friendly and is gaining global acceptance. He laid emphasis on the seminar and looked forward to the exchange and mutual development of TCM between the two countries. He was glad to see that the seminar paid attention to the interpersonal cultural exchange and communications of both theory and practice. He hoped that the two countries would pool resources and enhance coordination to promote TCM worldwide.

SAACMA Chairman Rubin Rhode conveyed his gratitude towards the seminar for its contribution to the medical development of the two countries. He said South Africa and China both have a long history of traditional medicine, and the seminar deepened the South African TCM practitioners' understanding of China. It is hoped that the seminar could be further developed in the future.

Robert Kotze said the seminar broadened the medical horizons of local medical students, providing them with an alternative perspective different from Western medicine.

The Professors from Guangdong University of Chinese Medicine introduced the advantages and features of TCM treatments in their lectures. Deng Guoan, an expert from department of respiratory medicine, introduced the causes of cough from the TCM perspective. He also explained that TCM has the following features including the integral regulation of metabolism, treatment based on syndrome differentiation, effective treatment and with few side effects. Liu Mingping, an internal medicine expert, introduced the causes of hypertension as well as its syndrome differentiations, prescription and prevention. As there were more and more phubbers, Peng Xuming, explained how to use acupuncture, massage and cupping therapy to release pain in the neck, headache, numb hands and insomnia. Dr. Xiao Jianxi shared his experience on treating eczema, wart and psoriasis with fire needle therapy. Fire needle therapy was regarded as a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion, which was recorded in Huangdi Neijing, a classic of TCM several thousand years ago. Some volunteers experienced this unique treatment on the spot.

The seminar has been held three times in South Africa. In the past three years, it has promoted the development of TCM through theory lectures, practices and volunteer medical consultations in the local communities. These activities not only enriched both the theoretical and practical knowledge of local TCM practitioners, but also deepened the understanding of health preservation of the local people and spread the influence of TCM culture in South Africa. The seminar was warmly welcomed by local TCM practitioners.

(Story by Gao Yuan, Wang Ruibo, Xinhua News Agency, Cape Town, May 27th)


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