Tibet Charity organized a 2-day acupuncture camp at Tsuklakhang in McLeodGanj on the 27th and 28th of April. The charity hosted a team of visiting practitioners from the CEDRE institute in France, training in traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture.
The team was led by Patrick Shan and included fellow teachers and a number of students including doctors implementing their training in Western medicine and students specialising entirely in traditional Chinese healing techniques.
Those taking advantage of the free expertise included members of the local Tibetan community as well as Indian and foreign tourists visiting the temple.
Over 101 patients were treated for a variety of ailments, however the main concern remained knee and shoulder problems that are particularly common in the town.
Tibet Charity head nurse Mr. Jigmey Choekyi acted as intermediary and translator as Mr. Shan questioned patients and tried to get to the root of the ailments affecting them. He explained his reasoning to his attentive students and to the Tibet Charity nurses in attendance so that they too could deepen their understanding of this ancient and powerful system of healing. As students carried out the acupuncture according to the diagnosis handed down, the teachers monitored their work closely.
Tibet Charity will eagerly look forward to the return of this good-natured, skillful, open minded and dedicated group of persons next year and extends its’ thanks for their selfless service.