South Africa launches center to teach traditional Chinese medicine



The South African University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday inaugurated the acupuncture center and museum in collaboration with the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The Acupuncture Center and Museum was first conceptualized a few years ago, with renovations and design starting in 2019.

The Dean of UJ’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Sehaam Khan, welcomed the opening of the center, saying the center would provide access to traditional Chinese medicine, serve as a resource for students and the general public.

“Last year we started offering the Bachelor of Complementary Medicine, which is a four-year qualification. As part of this revised curriculum, acupuncture and herbal medicine have been included to introduce our students to a wider range of holistic and traditional medicines. This year we also started offering a postgraduate degree in acupuncture and one in herbal medicine, ”she said.

Speaking at the launch, the head of UJ’s division for internationalization, Ylva Rodny-Gumede, said the acupuncture center and museum will improve the well-being of South Africans.

“This will provide the best treatment for the community we serve. It will improve the mental well-being of the population. The World Health Organization has declared that acupuncture is important for the complementary treatment of various diseases,” said Gumede.

Gumede said the memorandum of understanding between UJ and Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine is being prepared and will be signed soon to strengthen the collaboration.

Source (s): Xinhua News Agency


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