Teaching in Taiwan

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Yesterday I spent 6 hours with professors and students lecturing on 1) Comparing traditional Western herbal medicine with Chinese medicine and 2) discussing a methodology for integrating plants from outside of China into Chinese medicine. Here is a link to the China Medical University website showing the information about the lecture and the poster that was used to advertise the lectures.

The lectures were all done in English, which was a relief because certainly could not have sustained 6 hours of Chinese at that level.

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Professors and students asked good questions and I was told later that I received a very high rating from the survey was was done after the class. I was very happy to here this, since it was the first time I have offered these lectures.

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Both in the lectures and during breaks, as well as during lunch and dinner, several professors expressed their appreciation for offering such a lecture because this type of work was needed. They expressed that here in Taiwan it has become relatively common practice for doctors to integrate native Taiwanese herbs into traditional Chinese medical formulas with great success. This was not surprising to me, but it was good to get some confirmation that something like this was already being done here in Taiwan, which is a major hub for Chinese medicine.

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I also had the opportunity to go to Taibei and tour the botanical garden, these photos are from that afternoon.

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