Without any stopover I arrived Myanmar, a political conservative country. I went along with a Chinese medicine student Eileen Lee, she would like to dedicate herself in medical and ministry work after graduation. We did not plan much before this trip, just carried two heavy backpacks full of acupuncture equipment and proprietary Chinese medicines, and walked into those orphanages, monk school and church which we had contacted before. People in Myanmar are not new to Chinese medicine, they use their local herbs and different kinds of animal bones as medicine too. In China town we can find Chinese clinic, however the cost is extremely expensive that normal citizens could not afford. That's why they really welcome our visit.
We did 4-5 free consultations in orphanages and church, most of the patients were suffering from low back pain, shoulder and neck pain, as well as digestive problem and flu of children. Since the hygiene and sanitation are not that good in the monk school, some little monks were bitten by insects and presented as infections. What we could do is using moxibustion to enhance the recovery. Those teachers in the monk school were interested to learn Chinese medicine, so we arranged 2 sessions of training for them, to show commonly used acu-points and the methods of moxibustion and scraping. Within the 3 weeks we sympathized the helplessness of Myanmar people, but also amazed by the fact that they are waiting for changes. When the army government continued its civil wars with various minority groups, it is not easy to push the country to move forward, not to say universal health care and education. There are lots of non-government organizations (NGOs) trying their best to improve the current situation, maybe CMA can also contribute a little bit!