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 ‘alternative medicine’.”

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 Western medicine
  • 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 syounkin@stmartin.edu. 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 Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For more information:

Sarah Younkin
Cultural and exchange programs manager
Office of International Programs and Development

Jennifer Fellinger
Vice president of marketing and communications
Saint Martin’s University