Another cool activity on the trip was visiting a doctor of Eastern Medicine (also known as “Chinese Medicine” or “Oriental Medicine”).
She demonstrated a few techniques on her assistant, including cupping. Notice the flaming wick in the doctor’s left hand (it looks kind of like a burning marshmallow). She briefly holds the flame under a bamboo cup (glass can also be used) before placing the cup on the patient’s back. The heated air creates a vacuum that then sucks the bad blood to the surface of the body.
The students were not that interested in trying cupping, but they did avail themselves of other treatments. Here the doctor applies a liquid that heats the skin. The doctor said this treatment is comparable to acupuncture.
Liz and Jessica tried moxibustion to help their colds. The doctor waved this smoldering stick above back and forth over their neck. It had a pleasant herbal aroma. Jessica and Liz said it was warm but not uncomfortable. And I can’t say for sure, but they did seem to be a little bit healthier the next day.