Curious young Namibians experience magic of Traditional Medicine

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On Feb.24, 2020, pharmacy workers of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hospital in Duchang county, Jiujiang, east China’s Jiangxi province make sachets for aromatherapy. To combat the novel coronavirus pneumonia, Duchang county gives play to its advantages in TCM, recommending TCM prescriptions, promoting TCM treatment and distributing free sachets to local residents. (Photo by Fu Jianbin, People’s Daily Online)
On Feb.24, 2020, pharmacy workers of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hospital in Duchang county, Jiujiang, east China’s Jiangxi province make sachets for aromatherapy. To combat the novel coronavirus pneumonia, Duchang county gives play to its advantages in TCM, recommending TCM prescriptions, promoting TCM treatment and distributing free sachets to local residents. (Photo by Fu Jianbin, People’s Daily Online)

“It felt like a pinch at first, but later I felt relaxed and I would love to experience more of such therapy,” described Anita Joseph following some acupuncture therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on Thursday.

Joseph was one of the many excited Grade 10 learners who are currently learning the Chinese language and culture at the Chairman Mao Zedong High School through the Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of Namibia.

The Chinese medical team’s visit to the school, located in Otjomuise area on the outskirts of Namibia’s capital Windhoek, formed part of the learners’ experience in their studies of the Chinese language and culture as they showcased various TCM therapies to the visibly eager bunch.

The team leader Zhou Haijiang performed various TCM therapies, including acupuncture, cupping, massotherapy, and scrapping as well as the eight Chinese fitness exercises, to the curious and excited students and explained how TCM is intertwined historically with Chinese traditional culture.

One of the learners left in awe was Abiator Indongo who had a chance to experience tui na massage.

“Wow, what a great experience it was,” he said, while he described it as one of the most relaxing muscle massages that one could get.

“I recently started learning the Chinese language in the past three weeks, but so far it has been a great experience. I look forward to learning more,” he said.

Equally impressed Emurensia Uahupirapi said the Chinese lessons they have commenced with are amazing and the experience is great.

“I love the language, it is interesting and fun to learn,” she said.

Uahupirapi who had the cupping therapy said the technique looks painful at first glance but it is relieving and she would recommend it to other people.

“My journey so far is full of learning. I hope one day I can visit China and learn more about their lifestyle and culture and maybe I can be able to grasp much more for the future,” she said.

The CI director at the UNAM, Liu Dianbo, who also took part in the TCM activities with the learners, told Xinhua that they recently commenced with Chinese lectures at three different places, and at Chairman Mao Zedong High School there is one lecturer who conducts lessons three days a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon.

“This was the physical mandarin course for this class,” he explained, adding that from next semester if they have enough Chinese lecturers we will offer two Chinese classes, one for learners and one for the teaching staff of that school.

The school principal, Elizabeth Bamm, said that one of the highlights of this year was the reintroduction of Chinese classes after having been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our learners are very excited, they are learning and look forward to grasping more Chinese language and culture,” she said, commending the CI and the Chinese medical doctors for their continual support in making a difference in the lives of many Namibians. Enditem

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