Students and faculty from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine are leading workshops this week at Saint Martins University, and several of the events are free and open to the community.
In addition, people can stop by the Lacey university to view an exhibit of items shipped from Shanghai Universitys museum, such as a photo-electrical human acupuncture model, a traditional Chinese medicine chest, herbal specimens and other items.
This is the first time that these materials - this exhibit - have left China, said Saint Martins spokeswoman Jennifer Fellinger.
During the past several years, Shanghai University students have visited South Sound as part of academic and cultural exchange programs with Saint Martins.
This year, the universities paired up to offer the exhibit and presentations to help inform the greater community about the use and benefits of traditional Chinese medicine, according to Josephine Yung, Saint Martins vice president of International Programs and Development.
It's is a centuries-old practice that is rooted in the concept that people must create balance with their environment in order to stay healthy, Yung said.
Common treatments include herbal remedies, dietary therapy, therapeutic massage and acupuncture.
It comes down to how we balance our life - what we do, how we eat and exercise - its not just, Somebody is sick and you treat your illness, Yung said. Its also the whole body and lifestyle.
IF YOU GO
An exhibit and demonstrations of traditional Chinese medicine is scheduled Thursday through Saturday in Cebula Hall at Saint Martins University, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. The event will include a session geared toward health care practitioners on the integration of Western healing and Traditional Chinese Medicine in China from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, a demonstration of traditional Chinese medicine for children from 10 to noon Friday; and a presentation about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the underlying concepts of traditional Chinese medicine from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information, including RSVP forms, go to www.stmartin.edu or call 360-438-4504.