Baguio gets Hangzhou help in building acupuncture, ventosa skills
City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is sending team of medical practicioners from Baguio City to Hangzhou, China for an exchange program to help locals hone up on the latest techniques on acupuncture and ventosa techniques.
Domogan said Hangzhou, Bauio’s sister city, was considered the world’s capital of traditional Chinese medicine and practices.
Domogan said he would discuss the details of the exchange program with the city health services offices.
Dr. Rowena Galpo, city health officer (CHO), said the mayor had long wanted city health officials to be trained on traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and ventosa (cupping therapy).
She noted that traditional medicine has no ill effect on a person’s kidneys and liver as it does not involve intake of pills.
Acupuncture, she explained, uses needles to stimulate the nerves connected to different organs of the body while ventosa is a type of deep-tissue massage using hot cups.
With the new exchange program with Hangzhou, Galpo said that they might soon be able to establish a traditional medicine center at the CHO.
She said this would Baguio’s traditional medicine using herbs and organic products such as “sambong” for kidney treatment and “ampalaya” for diabetic patients.
In 2013, the Department of Health trained three medical practitioners to do acupuncture, which they hope to promote as an alternative mode of treating illnesses at lesser expense to patients. (PNA)
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