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Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai: Increasing Cultural Awareness of Alternative Therapies

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Shanghai, China
Course # SA 40302
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/09/18 to 03/18/18

Program Leader

Name Tonglei Li

Program Description


This short course is aimed to expose pharmacy, pre-pharmacy, pre-med, BSPS, and other health science students to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the economic center of China, Shanghai!  TCM has been practiced in China for thousands of years and, despite the gaining popularity of western medicine, it is still considered as a main source for treating various diseases.  In fact, some TCM medicines are widely accepted and routinely utilized by the Chinese people; acupuncture and massage therapy are often considered as alternatives for the diseases that are untreatable by western medicine.  In the U.S., TCM is actively studied and constantly debated; for treating pain and many other disorders, acupuncture has found its way.  

This course offeres students firsthad experience to learn how TCM is manufactured and practiced as well as the history and philosophy behind TCM.  It consists of a mixture of lectures, discussions, clinic visits, and plant trips, including excursions to collect herb samples in the wild. We have had held this course twice in the past and it was well received. 

In addition to the program fee of $1,500, you are responsible for your flights to Shanghai and back. Last year (2017), a round-trip ticket between Chicago and Shanghai cost much less than $900. Hotel cost, breakfast, and lunch are covered in the program fee.

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