With people’s consecutive wild fantasy, tourism is no longer confined to sightseeing, cultural experience or business trip, and has become pervasive, deeper into every aspect of our life, from personal odd interest to serious scientific research. It is no wonder medical travel has seen its big time! Now travelers can have inexpensive thorough heath examination while touring Malaysia, have orthodontic treatment in Hungary, and cosmetic surgery in Korea. Then what is for medical travel in China? That’s definitely traditional Chinese Medicine. Listed here are five TCM therapies you may have a try when touring China.
1. Herbal medicine & diet therapy
Chinese herbal medicine aims to prevent and treat diseases. It is mainly made from plants with its leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds. Some mineral and animal products are also used in TCM. In this way, herbal medicine has no or little side effects. To strengthen the effect of herbal medicine on the body, TCM also emphasize diet therapy. It is medicinal diet using selected food ingredients and superior herbs. Diet therapy gets increasingly popular, not only because it cures sickness, but also it could be a delicious Chinese dish.
2. Acupuncture and moxibustion
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points of 14 meridians on the human body by using acupuncture needles. It is for raising the level of internal energy and multi-medicinal purposes. Acupuncture is often accompanied by moxibustion – the application of heat to specific points or areas on body, usually for chronic diseases . Each treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes. Patients may feel sore, numb, warm, swelling and relaxed.
3. Tui na & massage
Tui na or massage is the most popular TCM therapy among travelers in China. It is to manipulate the channels of body by hand, foot, forearm elbow or special tools in the forms of thumb presses, rubbing, percussion, and stretches. Based on TCM theory, a massage is able to cure diseases, relieve muscle pain & stiffness, adjust dislocation of the joints, and so on.
This 2,500-year-old TCM practice involves placing special cups (usually glass cups) warmed with heated air on painful areas of the body. As the cups cool, they suck the skin, helping draw toxins out of the body. However, it is not recommended to apply cupping to patients of fevers, skin diseases and bleeding disorders, as well as to a pregnant woman’s abdomen.
5. Gua Sha
Gua Sha constitutes an important part of traditional Chinese Medicine. It is continually abrading the skin with a rounded object (could be a ceramic spoon, a piece of jade, or a smooth animal bones), until red spots called Sha bruising cover the area (it take 3 to 10 days to heal). Gua Sha has a quick effect on pain and diseases causes by functional disharmony of the internal organs.
After another severe winter, the spring finally comes, and sees a traditional revival in all unions: the weather goes up, the frozen rivers melt, the trees turn green, all kinds of flowers com out… Why not kick back in the great nature, camera in hand while watching all these amazing life moments occurring! There’s something far more rewarding about heaving yourself from bed in the wide in this March. And being lazy in a sea of golden rapeseed flowers, having your cameras capture all stunning scenes will be one of your finest pleasures in China’s spring time. Listed here are three best places to enjoy golden rapeseed flowers in China.
1. Luoping in eastern Yunnan province
Luoping finds itself about 228 kilometers northeast of Kunming, and locates near where Yunnan meets Guizhou and Guangxi. Here the rapeseed (also named canola) flowers are in full blossom in spring (usually begin in February), surrounding the scattered houses, twisting roads and pretty mountains. This area of rolling hillside landscape thus takes on a “golden ocean” and becomes a photographers’ heaven. Despite its relatively remote location, the small country with its visual spectacle attracts numerous visitors and photographers each spring. The rapeseed farms (with an area of over 13,000 hectares) in Luoping are among the largest scale in China. The best time for it will be February and March.
2. Wuyuan in Northeastern Jiangxi province
China’s most beautiful countryside Wuyuan is best seen as the rapeseed flowers are blooming in a dazzling golden color in Spring. Wuyuan is home to dozens of quaint and fancy villages, all of which look almost the same with ancient Huizhou architectural style – of white walls, black roofs, elegant eaves, and dark-green footstones. Wuyuan sees its canola flower blooming peak from March until early May, when you can leisurely stroll on the sprawling farmlands through old villages, immerse yourself in the quite old days of luxuriant camphor trees, wood bridges creeks or rapids…
3. Yangshuo in southern Guilin, Guangxi province
Yangshuo is not all about Karst landscape and Li River Cruise, there are also cozy country life and blooming rape flowers in Spring. The farmlands of rapeseed flowers are not as big as those in Luoping or Wuyuan, but still breathtaking, as they perfectly melt into the idyllic countryside, picturesque karst peaks, flowing rivers and streams. You can rent a bicycle for a delightful Yangshuo countryside tour. Early March is the best time to see rape flowers in Yangshuo, with average temperature being about 15 °C (57 °F). Just bring with an umbrella In case of some rainy days.