Thanks to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis and treatment techniques are bringing more health benefits to the people of countries and regions involved in the initiative.
At the end of 2021, Ma Wenxuan from Kazakhstan joined a volunteer team in Xi'an and aided in COVID-19 prevention and control efforts in Xi'an.
He recently graduated with a master's degree from Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine and returned to his hometown to work at the China-Kazakhstan Traditional Medicine Center, where he serves as a TCM therapist.
"I want to share what I have learned about TCM in China with more places and improve the health of people in Kazakhstan," Ma said.
More and more local residents are now choosing to visit the center when they experience physical discomfort. Many patients who received treatment there said it was better than taking painkillers.
In addition to Ma, there are also other Kazakhstanis who graduated from Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine and returned home now working at the center. They said that more and more people in Kazakhstan are becoming familiar with and fond of TCM.
In December 2022, the China-Kazakhstan Traditional Medicine Center was officially established in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.
It consists of more than 10 traditional medical treatment experts and rehabilitation therapists from China and Kazakhstan.
They use professional techniques such as acupuncture, massage, cupping therapy, scraping therapy, movement therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration training, and physical therapy to provide TCM treatment, rehabilitation, and health services for people with childhood brain diseases, adult brain diseases, and common diseases.
So far, the center has treated more than 7,600 patients and conducted more than 200 international telemedicine consultations.