Hello all, I’ve now finished my official study abroad program in Nanjing and have been traveling around China with a good friend for the past week. After the trip to Bozhou, I finished my clinical observation on herbal shifts. Instead of sticking to one shift, I had the opportunity to observe many different doctors, a different … More Herbal Shifts & Farewell to Nanjing!
I’ve had previous blog posts about how herbs are stored, prescribed and dispensed in a Chinese hospital and how they are displayed and sold in markets. Now for the very back end of the herbal tale – the farming and processing of Chinese herbs. I don’t have any pictures from the industrial herb processing factory … More Bozhou – Herb Farm & Processing Plant
The Old Market is by our hotel. It’s a series of alleys lined with herb shops, centered around a courtyard square that has another statue of Hua Tuo in it. This courtyard was a flat and relatively quiet spot for a few classmates and I to practice tai chi one evening, but it was bustling with … More Bozhou! – Herb Markets: Old, New, & Illegal
Hello all! Sorry I’ve been remiss in updating the blog. The time really slips away from me in China, but I also want to record some of my impressions for you all. Last you heard, I was quite excited to travel to the city of Bozhou, aka Herb Central. There are a handful of large … More Bozhou! – Hua Tuo Temple & Museum
I’m quite excited to leave for Bozhou tomorrow morning to check out the herb markets. Although it’s a small town by Chinese standards (3 million people!) it is central for sourcing of Chinese herbs. Dr. Xue, who also happens to be the head honcho (overall director) of Qin Huai Hospital, has been there multiple times … More Qin Huai Hospital Shift – Herbs!
Time flies! Yesterday was already the last day of my clinic rotation at Qin Huai hospital. Next up we have a field trip to Bozhou to check out where our Chinese herbs are sourced, then I’ll be back for one more clinical rotation, which will be internal medicine (i.e., herbs) instead of acupuncture. I was … More Qin Huai TCM Hospital – Traction, Adjustments, and Electro
Qin Huai TCM Hospital is reputedly one of two most famous hospitals in China for moxibustion and the most famous moxibustion hospital in this province. For those who don’t know, moxibustion is a heat therapy that involves burning different preparations of a certain herb (mugwort, aka Ai Ye) near or on the patient. There’s one style … More Qin Huai Hospital Shift – Moxa!