25 March 2019
BY SUSAN PROSSER
“Legend has it, that The West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth”.
Wow, I don’t know where to start, today has been so incredible, I feel quite overwhelmed by the whole experience. It started with breakfast on the run when I grabbed a couple of buns and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves for breakfast on my journey to the hospital from a street food vendor oh and not to forget the warm soymilk, it was delicious.
First we arrived at the training academy and registered our arrival by settling the invoice for the two weeks training. We were then given our tunics with name badges together with a typed schedule for what lay ahead. Next we were split into two small groups and headed for the hospital nearby.
I was ready with my clipboard together with a list of the Chinese names of all the Acupuncture points as English is very limited. We were lead straight into the Neurological ward where patients had suffered a Cerebrovascular accident, that really did have a massive impact on me! It’s difficult to put into words what I saw next but I saw patients who were extremely unwell after suffering a stroke. The patients had made a choice to receive Acupuncture treatments alongside Western Medicine. These were important treatments for the patient on their road to recovery. What I saw was the symbiosis of Eastern and Western Medicine coming together. I can see how important having these options make such a difference to the recovery for our future wellbeing.
Today has left me feeling overwhelmed, in awe, inspired and very humble because I saw some incredibly brave people in the “in patients” ward after suffering serious life-threatening medical conditions (strokes), they wanted to receive Acupuncture alongside Western Medicine. They were paying for their treatments from their own finances, or through their insurance, what more can be said.
At lunchtime I jumped on my bike and headed over to Westlake (Xi Hu). Legend has it, that The West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth and I can understand why that may be, it is stunningly beautiful. Scrolling through my guidebook, it says an old Chinese saying goes, “There is heaven above, Suzhou and Hangzhou below”. Centuries later Marco Polo called Hangzhou the most enchanting city in the entire world.
Finally, I finished my day by having a massage, it was a little painful but couldn’t wait to try it out and it relieved a lot of pressure from my body. I know I will sleep really well tonight. Goodnight until tomorrow.