On 25th April 2017, CI-UoM held a seminar in collaboration with the Jian Wu Tang Traditional Chinese Health Centre Ltd, Mauritius. The invited speakers were experts from Chinese Traditional Massage Acupuncture Association, China. The seminar was well attended by students and staff of the University of Mauritius.

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and is a key component of TCM. Acupuncture and massage are techniques that are often used to alleviate pain in the body. And they also can make people feel more relaxed.

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort (moxa) or aromatic plants on or very near the surface of the skin. It is a heat therapy and the intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi (energy flow) in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxibustion plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China.

The Speakers were:

1. Liu Baoyan, Premier Researcher of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), President of World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS), President of China Association of Acupuncture-Moxibustion (CAAM), Traditional Medicine Adviser of World Health Organization (WHO), Academician of International Academy of Sciences for Europe and Asia (IASEA), Director of National Technical Committee on Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Standardization Administration of China, Deputy-Director of Clinical Epidemiology Specialized Committee of Chinese Medical Association.

2. Yang Longhui, Vice-President of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences [CACMS].

3. Zhou Yunfeng, Medical Bachelor, Associate Professor, Deputy-Physician, Master Tutor in acupuncture and Tuina, Director of Vocational Skills Training Center, Henan TCM College, member of Tuina Committee, China Association of Chinese Medicine, member of Tuina committee, Henan Provincial TCM Association, Vice-Chairman of Henan Provincial Traditional Medicine Technique Research Association.

4. Fang Yigong, Director of Special Pathology Department, Institute of Acupuncture-Moxibustion, CACMS, famous young and mid-aged Chinese doctor, Chief Physician, Researcher. Doctor in acupuncture and Tuina, post-doctor of integrative medicine. He specializes in acupuncture, osteopathy, Tuina, needle-knife and other techniques. He is experienced in treating poor ovarian response, ovarian hypofunction, premature ovarian failure, infertility, cervical spondylosis and allergic rhinitis.