The "Chinese Acupuncture and the world" exhibition was opened on 15 September 2022 in Caxton House/the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) at London South Bank University (LSBU).
With images, texts, books and acupuncture instruments on display, the exhibition covers five aspects of Chinese acupuncture - intangible cultural heritage of humanity, history of Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion, diagnostic and treatment techniques of Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion, inheritance and education of acupuncture and moxibustion, and international communications and interactions in acupuncture and moxibustion.
LSBU's Vice-Chancellor Professor David Phoenix and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Johnston attended the reception. Also present were Director of the Shulan College of Chinese Medicine Professor Shulan Tang, Director of London Academy of Chinese Acupuncture Professor Tianjun Wang, Director of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Oxford Institute Professor Yuling Ma, along with over 50 invited guests, including members of profession bodies such as the British Acupuncture Council, the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Alliance UK.
Executive Director of CITCM Professor Yinong Xu hosted the reception. Professor Phoenix, acknowledging that Chinese medicine and Western medicine have their own distinctive features in theory and practice, expressed his great appreciation and support for CITCM's contribution to promoting communications and exchanges between Chinese and Western medicines. Professor Johnston reiterated the three missions of CITCM: to enhance cross-cultural understanding and engagement, to help local primary and secondary schools implement Chinese language learning and teaching in their formal curriculum, and to develop Chinese acupuncture and related alternative medicines in the UK.
Afterwards, CITCM's Co-Director Dr Bo Sheng from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and the visiting scholar Dr Bo Ouyang from the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine respectively spoke to the audience, emphasizing that Caxton Acupuncture Clinic is a top acupuncture clinic in the UK, and expressing their strong willingness for future multi-lateral collaboration.
On behalf of the organizer, Professor Xu introduced the purpose and background of the exhibition and elaborated on what was mentioned by each of the speakers. He also expressed his sincere thanks to the Caxton House team for their industrious and professional work, and to all the guests for their participation in the event.
With healthcare, well-being and non-pharmacological therapies gaining popularity in the UK in recent years, Chinese acupuncture has also received increasing attention and recognition. This exhibition provides a chance to showcase Chinese acupuncture as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The guests at the reception commented that this exhibition enabled them to have a deeper and broader understanding of Chinese acupuncture and its history, and to reflect more on the current situation and development of acupuncture. The exhibition will remain open until 11 November to the public free of charge.