The exhibition “Chinese Acupuncture and the World” opened on September 15, 2022 at Caxton House/Confucius Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) at London South Bank University (LSBU).
With images, texts, books and acupuncture instruments on display, the exhibition covers five aspects of Chinese acupuncture – Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, History of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, diagnosis and treatment of Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion, heritage and education of acupuncture and moxibustion, and international communications and interactions in acupuncture and moxibustion.
LSBU Vice-Chancellor Professor David Phoenix and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Johnston attended the reception. Also present were the director of the Shulan College of Chinese Medicine, Professor Shulan Tang, the director of the London Academy of Chinese Acupuncture, Professor Tianjun Wang, the director of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Oxford Institute, Professor Yuling Ma, as well as than more than 50 guests, including members of the profession. bodies such as the British Acupuncture Council, the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Alliance UK.
CITCM Executive Director Professor Yinong Xu hosted the reception. Professor Phoenix, recognizing that Chinese medicine and Western medicine have their own distinctive characteristics in theory and practice, expressed his great appreciation and support for the CITCM’s contribution to promoting communication and exchange between Chinese medicine and western. Professor Johnston reiterated the three missions of the CITCM: to improve cross-cultural understanding and engagement, to help local primary and secondary schools implement Chinese language learning and teaching into their formal curriculum, and to develop the Chinese acupuncture and related alternative medicine in the UK.
Next, CITCM co-director Dr. Bo Sheng from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and visiting scholar Dr. Bo Ouyang from National Traditional Chinese Medicine Administration respectively addressed the audience, pointing out that the Caxton Acupuncture Clinic is one of the best acupuncture clinics in the UK, and expressing their strong desire for future multilateral collaboration.
On behalf of the organizer, Professor Xu introduced the purpose and background of the exhibition and elaborated on what was mentioned by each of the speakers. He also expressed his sincere thanks to the team at Caxton House for their industrious and professional work, and to all the guests for their participation in the event.
With the growing popularity of healthcare, wellness and non-pharmacological therapies in the UK in recent years, Chinese acupuncture has also received increasing attention and recognition. This exhibition is an opportunity to highlight Chinese acupuncture as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Guests at the reception said that this exhibition allowed them to have a deeper and broader understanding of Chinese acupuncture and its history, and to reflect more on the current situation and development of acupuncture. The exhibition will remain open until November 11 to the public free of charge.
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