Traditional Chinese medicine clinic opens at university

Traditional Chinese medicine clinic opens its doors on Tal-Qroqq campus as part of new parallel Master's course in the practice 

University rector Juanito Camilleri inaugurate the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in November
University rector Juanito Camilleri inaugurate the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in November

A traditional Chinese medicine clinic has opened its doors to the public on the university campus, in conjunction with a new Masters’ course in the practice.

The clinic is located at Triq l-Imhallef Paolo Debono, by the old university entrance gate, and is manned by professional practitioners from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The Masters’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine was launched at the start of the academic year, as part of a collaboration between the University of Malta and the Shanghai University.

In a statement, the UOM said that treatment options at the clinic will be discussed with patients after a detailed consultation and delivered against a nominal fee. Services are schedules for 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm daily from Monday to Friday. Each session last approximately an hour.

Seven pioneering students were accepted into this one-year course last October. They are being trained in acupuncture and moxibustion – the therapeutic practice of applying the burned mugwort herb on a patient’s skin. They are also being instructed in the philosophy of TCM – the belief that the human body is intrinsically related to its surrounding environment, and that diseases are a result of disharmony between the body and the environment.

 

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