As I stated in last week's blog, I planned to interview one of
the graduates who went to China.
A little background: Dr. Cai has connections with one of the
hospitals in Xi'an and is friends with one of the hospital
directors. More than a year ago, she set up a program for the
students. In exchange for a year in China teaching English at
Shaanxi University, the students are able to study in the hospital
with the other doctors. The students are given housing and paid a
minimal wage to teach. They also receive two months off in the
summer to travel. Cherlyn, one of the herbal students, left in
February to travel to China and is currently on summer break and
As I talked with Cherlyn at dinner, she stated what a big
culture shock it is to be in China. They are living in one of the
oldest Chinese cities and it shows. There were a few surprises that
they have had to become accustomed to, such as the plumbing, but
that is such a small quirk compared to the beauty of the city.
Everyone is really friendly and like family. Many of the dinners
are focused around "dim sum," which is like a big lazy susan where
all the food is shared among those at the table. It's like
Thanksgiving every night.
At the hospital, where she spends four hours a couple of times a
week, she has enjoyed learning new techniques that are not taught
in the U.S. For instance, they do a lot of herbal injections into
acupuncture points. This could be for menstrual cramps, to induce
labor, for Bell's palsy, and much more.
She has also seen them do a lot of blood transfusions. For
example, the doctor will extract blood from the cubital vein and
then energetically inject it into ST 36. ST 36, Zu San Li , is a
very important and powerful point in Chinese medicine. In Chinese
literature, it is often said to moxa this point every day to bring
She has also seen a lot of flash cupping done to the face for
Bell's palsy. She said the doctors treat a lot of facial paralysis
at the hospital. Cherlyn and her roommate Andrea, also a graduate
of NUHS, have put together a website, Jouneys to Healing Medicine, to share their
experiences and new knowledge. She says she really enjoys China and
all the new experiences it brings her. She also likes the downtime
to practice yoga every morning and read books she has always
balloons at Eyes to the Sky festival in Lisle.
Well, that's all for now, I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth