African practices TCM in Chengdu hospital | 2017-11-30 15:14

African practices TCM in Chengdu hospital

Diarra Boubacar takes pulse feeling. [Photo by Liu Song/for]

In the Xindu hospital, he devotes himself to his work and treats every patient with care. He offers his patients TCM treatments such as pulse feeling, cupping therapy and acupuncture. Nearly 100 patients come to his consulting room each day.

"Be careful, the moxa stick is hot and might roast your belly well-done," Boubacar jokes. From time to time, he uses humor to ease his patients' nervousness.

Boubacar also discusses therapies with his colleagues. Apart from treating patients, he teaches, hoping to encourage young Chinese people to learn traditional practices.

Boubacar is always busy when on duty. Everywhere he goes, relatives of patients stop him and ask questions. He listens carefully, answering their questions with great patience and in detail. When busy at work, he and his colleagues eat lunch in the office.

His experience of more than 30 years in China has turned him into an expert on the country. He is fond of spicy food and traditional Chinese opera. He also writes Chinese characters beautifully.

Apart from his academic study, Boubacar also reads classic works of traditional Chinese medicine, like the Treatise on Febrile and Miscellaneous Diseases. He reads them with dictionaries close at hand.

In Chengdu, not only did Boubacar find success in his career, he also discovered love. There he met Yang Mei, who became his wife in 2001. Now they have two children.

As time goes on, more and more people are accepting traditional Chinese medicine around the world. The Chinese government is also promoting traditional Chinese medicine in its construction of the Belt and Road program.

Boubacar hopes one day there can be a clinic of traditional Chinese medicine in Africa to cultivate more young doctors, and to carry forward this deeply rooted culture.

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