SanMarino vis­i­tors get a taste of TCM

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By YU RAN yu­ran@chi­

Ly­ing in a Shang­hai hos­pi­tal and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing TCM cup­ping treat­ment for the first time, Repub­lic of SanMarino res­i­dent Fer­nando Cec­coli says the pain on his lower back was re­lieved af­ter a short time.

“I feel the com­fort­able warmth of the bam­boo cups,” said Cec­coli, a 58-year-old re­tiree from the land­locked coun­try on the north­ern Ital­ian Penin­sula. “I’ve never tried this be­fore and I would like to try it again.”

Cec­coli, along with an­other 50 mem­bers from the mi­crostate, was tak­ing part in an ex­change pro­gram at Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal of Shang­hai Pu­tuo Dis­trict, or­ga­nized by the Shang­hai Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries.

In the room next door, his coun­ter­part Pev­erani Givseppe had just fin­ished a short mas­sage treat­ment on his shoul­der and neck.

The for­eign guests had been shown around the hos­pi­tal and were in­vited to try theTra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine Mon­day.

“TheTCMther­apy is amaz­ing. I’mglad I had the op­por­tu­nity to try this magic,” Givseppe said through an interpreter.

Liu Guizhen, chief physi­cian at the hos­pi­tal’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion depart­ment, ex­plained: “Ev­ery year, 40 to 50 peo­ple come from over­seas, in­clud­ing from coun­tries like the United States, France, Bel­gium and Ja­pan, to seek treat­ment here.”

The hos­pi­tal is known for com­bin­ing TCM tech­niques, such as acupunc­ture, cup­ping and mas­sage, with an eval­u­a­tion sys­tem de­rived from Western medicine.

Liu said the ex­change pro­grams or­ga­nized by the friend­ship as­so­ci­a­tion are help­ful, as they pro­mote cul­tural ex­change and help more Western­ers un­der­stand Chi­nese medicine and cul­ture.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary this year, the as­so­ci­a­tion or­ga­nized del­e­ga­tions from San Marino, NewZealand, Sin­ga­pore and some ex­pats from other coun­tries on Mon­day to visit a mid­dle school, a hos­pi­tal, a farm­ers’ ther­a­pies on mar­ket and com­mu­nity re­cre­ational cen­ters in Shang­hai.

Mon­day’s cel­e­bra­tion also fea­tured a per­for­mance of the San Marino del­e­ga­tion’s ex­otic flag-wav­ing show, a square dance by Shang­hai women and a martial arts per­for­mance by lo­cal stu­dents.

“It is such a de­light to have friends com­ing from afar to re­view the stormy his­tory we’ve weath­ered, to look to­ward a bet­ter fu­ture and to cre­ate a new chap­ter in ex­changes be­tween Chi­nese and for­eign peo­ple,” said Zhou Min­hao, head of Pu­tuo dis­trict, at the cer­e­mony.



Pev­erani Givseppe, a mem­ber of a vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion from San Marino, tries Chi­nese mas­sage at Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal of Shang­hai Pu­tuo Dis­trict on Mon­day.

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