¡°I never imagined so many overseas students would come to study traditional Chinese medicine. My class is booked up until October,¡± Dr. Yang from Wajing Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences said. From this June, she will keep busy receiving overseas study groups, which come to China for short-term traditional Chinese medicine training. They will follow Doctor Yang as she visits patients each day. A Mexican and a German group left last month. An Irish group is here now. Next time, she¡¯s expecting some Brazilians. Aworld of good
Traditional Chinese medicine has attracted an increasing number of foreign students to China for advanced study courses.
According to the statistics from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM), the number of overseas students in their school has doubled since last year. Ma Liangxiao, director of overseas student training of BUCM International School said foreign students have been trained in the university since the 1950s. Since the 1990s, the numbers of foreigners coming to learn Chinese medicine has been growing quickly. In 2005 they enrolled over 100 long-term foreign students, who started their study of traditional medicine here.
Doctor Yang has received study groups from over 30 countries, mainly from Europe, America, the Middle East and Korea. The biggest groups are from Germany, Britain, Spain, Mexico, France and Denmark.
Normally, these short-term study groups would be divided into several groups of four to five to study in different hospitals in Beijing. One month¡¯s tuition costs 8,500 yuan. Students learn traditional treatment ethods such as how to make a diagnosis by reading the pulse.
Source: Beijing Today