Learn more about traditional Chinese medicine at Saint Martin’s forum
August 2, 2011
Lacey, Washington — For 5,000 years, the Chinese have
practiced a holistic system of medicine based on the belief that
all aspects of a patient’s body, spirit, mind and emotion must
be examined when treating an illness.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, Saint Martin’s University’s third
annual Community Forum on Traditional Chinese Medicine will
explore various facets of this enduring practice. Hosted by
students from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese
Medicine and the Saint Martin’s Office of International Programs
and Development, the forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300
Pacific Ave. SE.
The forum, part of a two-week summer cultural exchange
program between the two universities, is free and open to the
public. Health service providers and healthcare professionals
are especially encouraged to attend.
“The forum provides a stage for the students to inform
Americans about traditional Chinese medical practices and for
the local community to enjoy a glimpse at another culture,” says
Sarah Younkin, Saint Martin’s cultural and exchange programs
manager. “From tongue diagnosis to acupuncture, there are
fascinating differences between Eastern and Western approaches
to medicine. This discussion offers an opportunity to generate a
deeper appreciation for what we in the Western world call
Discussions like these foster mutual respect and
understanding, which are at the heart of Saint Martin’s
educational mission and Benedictine values, Younkin adds.
Among the topics that will be explored are:
The education system of Shanghai University of
Traditional Chinese Medicine
A comparison of traditional Chinese medicine with
- Traditional Chinese medicine and chronic diseases
Recent research developments in traditional Chinese
medicine — cellular or molecular level.
For more information about the forum, please contact Younkin
at 360-438-4391 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Those planning to attend are
encouraged to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 5.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, coeducational university located on a
380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington.
Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint
Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and
Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky
Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors
and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts,
business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s
welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and
religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650
more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College
and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint
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