On August, 2010, I came to Infanta , a small village of the Philippines. It is my first time to do consultation at the wooden clinic with the wave and clamor from Pacific Ocean. Without adequate and high-technology facilities, everything back to origin and basic. At the same time, I have a chance to use my heart to experience this trip.
I still remember it was a rainy day at the first day we arrived at Infanta. The sky was dark as we arrived late. When I got up next morning, it was a surprise to find that I am located at a beautiful and natural place. The locals here have simple life and are friendly. We can see they wear a beautiful smile whenever we went to home and school visits or home-stay. They are not rich .They do not have abundance resources and lack of adequate medical facilities. But the way the lived is so simple and enjoy their pure happiness which is many people live in city like me admire of.
To be honest, I did not have much expectation to the efficacy of this service trip. After 4 days of consultation and follow-up, there was a lot of surprises. A middle-age man who had stroke half year. After the first treatment of acupuncture, he can turned his body. After 4 -days consecutive treatment, he could walk slowly. I saw him at the first day, he could not move, to the last day he could walk slowly himself. Whenever I think of it, I felt so amazing and encouraging. I felt so surprise that acupuncture gave such a fast healing efficacy. I, as a Chinese medicine practitioner myself, I do not believe in it.(this also correct the mindset of Chinese medicine gives a low healing efficacy).CMA has a vision to choose to come here. Locals here trust and respect Chinese medicine. All these count to wonderful results of Chinese medicine.
What touching me most is that his family members gave me a big hug instead of others material benefits. Comparing with her appreciation by saying “Thank you very much!”, the big hug means a lot to me.
It is all the matter of sense of touching to drive me participating in service. After graduation, I became a Chinese medicine practitioner. Every day, patients come for consultation and bring the medicine back to home. When they told me they are getting better after medicine. My sense of satisfaction is all beyond words. After a while, treating patients becomes routine work. The high expectations from patients make me feel that treating them like a kind of “duty”. After this service trip to Philippines, I re-think myself and feel joyful of being a Chinese medicine practitioner. I have more confidence in Chinese medicine. And all these touching moments will be the driving force to continue my practice of Chinese medicine.
Promoting Chinese medicine development in other countries, seems like a dream that is out of reach. Thanks the hard work of CMA and staff of ICDAI, to make the dreams come true.