Chinese medicine on display at SMU

lpemberton@theolympian.comJuly 16, 2013 

Students and faculty from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine are leading workshops this week at Saint Martin’s University, and several of the events are free and open to the community.

In addition, people can stop by the university to view an exhibit of items shipped from the Shanghai university’s museum, including 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 Martin’s spokeswoman Jennifer Fellinger.

During the past several years, Shanghai students have visited South Sound for academic and cultural exchanges with Saint Martin’s.

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 Martin’s vice president of International Programs and Development.

It is a centuries-old practice 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. It’s not just, ‘Somebody is sick and you treat your illness,’” Yung said. “It’s also the whole body and lifestyle.”

If you go

An exhibit and demonstrations of traditional Chinese medicine are scheduled Thursday through Saturday in Cebula Hall at Saint Martin’s 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 8-9 a.m. Friday, a demonstration of traditional Chinese medicine for children from 10-noon Friday; and a presentation about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the underlying concepts of traditional Chinese medicine from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information, including RSVP forms, go to www.stmartin.edu or call 360-438-4504.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com www.theolympian.com/edblog @Lisa_Pemberton

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