Acupuncture & Tai Chi: IES Abroad Shanghai Students Experience Traditional Chinese Medicine Practices

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Victoria Bruick
December 6, 2017

When you study abroad with IES Abroad, the classroom expands beyond the lecture hall. Last month, IES Abroad students studying abroad in Shanghai in the Shanghai - Economy, Business, & Society Program and the Shanghai - Engineering Program got to take their Chinese language and culture lessons out of the classroom to a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic. This course-related trip is offered to students in CN101 Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad I, CN201 Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad III, and CN301 Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I.

At the Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic, a doctor and Kungfu master introduced IES Abroad Shanghai students to the medical theories Traditional Chinese Medicine follows, the nature of different herbs used, and methods of treatment for patients including acupuncture, moxibustion, scraping therapy, and cupping.

After describing each type of therapy, the doctor demonstrated them on a couple student volunteers.

Learning Tai Chi from a Master

After watching their peers receive Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, it was time for the whole IES Abroad class to try something new. The visit concluded with a lesson from a tai chi master on how to perform slow, rhythmic, meditative tai chi movements such as Cloud Hands.

Sounds like a great stress-reducing practice for our students to take with them into end-of-term exams!

IES Abroad Shanghai looks forward to bringing their students to the Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic each semester. Learn more about the course-related trips you could have when you study abroad in Shanghai.

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Victoria Bruick

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