6 Feb Learning about Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used by the Chinese since their history began and is still widely used as the primary medication inside China today. The influence of TCM has even spread to some Western countries, although they use it as secondary to original Western medicine. Go Abroad China decided to organize an educational event where members of our paid internships in China program were all invited to attend a class and get taught about traditional Chinese Medicine. We learned that TCM requires the use of not only herbal medicines and concoctions prescribed by a licensed practitioner, but also various methods to put the mind and physical body in harmony with each other. Many people have heard of the theory of ying and yang – which is precisely about keeping body and mind balanced through good diet habits, calming exercises and a combination of approved Chinese medicine. TCM incorporates several different practices that include acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese therapeutic massage, taiji and qi gong, the later which involves specific movements and postures combined with special breathing practices. Many of our participants who are here for semester abroad programs were particularly interested in this. Because these candidates are taking Chinese Mandarin classes day in and day out, it is vital that they also combine these language classes with extra-curricular electives that will enhance their understanding of Chinese culture too. It is for this reason that GAC rotates many different activities for them to attend during the weekends. It was an educational session that saw our participants even having a go and learning massage techniques then practicing them on each other. It was also another opportunity to still learn Mandarin Chinese; some of the commonly used words during the session were added to the participants’ Chinese vocabulary! What a fun weekend filled with massages to relieve stress, practicing Chinese language and participants getting to know each other socially.