Chi­nese med­i­cal treat­ments help­ing del­e­gates to un­wind

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By SHAN JUAN shan­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

An ex­hi­bi­tion pro­mot­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine at the Ninth Global Con­fer­ence on Health Pro­mo­tion has en­cour­aged del­e­gates from over­seas to ex­pe­ri­ence mas­sage or acupunc­ture, or to undergo a TCM the­o­ry­based health eval­u­a­tion, all of which are free of charge.

Such ser­vices have been pro­vided by four English­s­peak­ing ther­a­pists from 9 am to 6 pm ev­ery day dur­ing the four-day con­fer­ence, ac­cord­ing to Shang Li, one of the ther­a­pists and di­rec­tor of Shang­hai TCM In­ter­na­tional Trade in Ser­vice Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter, which is host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It pro­vides an ef­fec­tive plat­form to pro­mote TCM cul­ture and prac­tices to the world, and there is huge busi­ness po­ten­tial for the TCM ser­vice in­dus­try abroad,” Shang said.

In ad­di­tion to mas­sage and acupunc­ture, visi­tors can also take an on-site over­all health eval­u­a­tion based on TCM the­ory sim­ply by in­sert­ing their hand into ma­chine and re­main­ing still for five min­utes.

“The ma­chine works by tak­ing the user’s pulse and it pro­duces a health re­port 10 min­utes af­ter the user re­moves their hand,” Suzanne Jack­son, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Toronto, said af­ter she had just taken the test.

The re­port will show her over­all health con­di­tion, emo­tional state and risk level for some chronic dis­eases, such as di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion, Shang said.

Jack­son said: “It’s amaz­ing and some­thing newto me.”

In Canada, she tried TCM. “I took her­bal medicine for six weeks,” she said. “I was low on en­ergy be­fore, but felt bet­ter af­ter. TCM treat­ment el­e­vat­edmy en­ergy lev­els.”

There are in­creas­ing num­bers of TCM prac­ti­tion­ers in Canada, but pa­tients need to pay sig­nif­i­cant sums for the ser­vice, which is not cov­ered by health in­surance in the coun­try, Jack­son said.

Marco Ak­er­mam, a pro­fes­sor atUniver­sity of Sao Paulo, Brazil, said acupunc­ture is pop­u­lar in his coun­try, but other TCM treat­ments such as her­bal medicine are not.

“Mas­sage helps to re­laxmy tight mus­cles,” Ak­er­mam said af­ter a 15-minute shoul­der mas­sage. “I’d like to trade the tea break at the con­fer­ence for a TCM mas­sage break.”

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Li Zhengyu, a pro­fes­sor from Shang­hai Univer­sity of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine, mas­sages rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaf­far Hus­sain Syed at the Ninth Global Con­fer­ence on Health Pro­mo­tion in Shang­hai on Mon­day.

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