The final countdown

Today was our second day at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Our day was filled with more workshops where we learned about the different therapies used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We learned about moxibustion, which is a type of therapy that uses the moxa herb, also known as the Chinese mugwort leaf. Moxibustion is thought to stimulate energy and release negative energy. It can also help maintain one’s health and treat diseases. After asking the doctors our questions, what surprised me about this form of treatment and all of the others in TCM is that these theories were discovered thousands of years ago and have not been significantly updated or changed.

One other type of therapy that we learned about is Tuina. This therapy is very similar to a massage. It is used to relieve pain and loosen muscles. It was very interesting because we learned some specific techniques on how to give a massage which I found very useful.

After getting to practice some of these traditional Chinese treatments, we headed to our farewell dinner where we met our guide at RDFZ, Carol. It was very sad saying goodbye when the dinner came to an end because she really cared about us throughout our time here and put much effort into making it a memorable experience.

On that note, it is sad to say that today was also our final day in Beijing, but I think most of us are ready to get back to Farmington after the long day of traveling that lies ahead of us. I think my favorite part overall was seeing the Great Wall the very first day. Even though we were all a little tired from the flight the previous day, it was definitely a great way to start the trip.

This whole trip has been so special and I could not have asked for a better group or teachers. We all have gotten closer each day and really bonded, so today was a little emotional knowing that it was our last full day together as a group in China. One thing that I will take with me as I go home is how thankful I am for the life that was given to me. After experiencing a homestay during this trip and realizing how different the lifestyle is here, it forced me to think about how to embrace the different. Even though it was a little bit of a struggle, I can take away that I am so appreciative for my family and the privileges that I have.

Even though our time in Beijing has come to an end, I am so grateful to have had this incredible experience and to be surrounded by such great people.

-Ana B.

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