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Wheaton: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted on May 20, 2009


A model of the human body indicating acupucture points

A group of Wheaton students are currently in Kunming, China with Professor of Biology Ed Tong participating on a three-week program studying traditional Chinese medicine.  This is the first time Wheaton is offering this course (Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine - BIO 298).

Students will be introduced to traditional Chinese medical practices and the philosophy of Chinese medicine. These include herbal remedies, medicinal preparation, Chinese Tuina massage, acupuncture, moxibustion and other traditional therapeutic treatments. In addition to regular lectures, students will have daily interactions with Chinese medical doctors, students and hospital staff; participation in various hospital activities; and educational excursions to observe rural medical practitioners of several minority groups. Regular discussions sessions also will be held to determine connections between Eastern and Western medicine.

Based in the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province, China, and run in conjunction with the Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the program provides an introduction to the ancient philosophy, theory, history and practices in traditional Chinese medicine, one of the world’s oldest, best-known and most-developed medicinal systems, placing it in the social context of modern China.

On a recent outing, Wheaton students learned about and practiced the martial art of Tai Chi (see above), which is known for its ability to maintain a healthy circulation of energy throughout the body.

Wheaton's program in Kunming is one in a portfolio of faculty-led study abroad programs the Center for Global Education offers in the summer and over the January break.  This coming year in addition to our TCM program the Center is planning to offer the following programs: Greece: Of  Minoans and Mycenaean’s - An Archaeological Exploration of the Greek Bronze Age (Classics 398); Trinidad and Tobago: Innovative Music Traditions of Trinidad and Tobago (Music 204); and South Africa/Botswana: Witnessing Contemporary African Society and Culture (Interdepartmental 298).  For more information regarding our faculty-led programs please contact Jill Ostrowski, Associate Director at the Center for Global Education (ext. 4950).

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