Crowds of people lined up for a free Chinese medicine clinic, held by the Chinese Taoism Kuan Kung Association at the Tian Jin Temple on the weekend.
The association hosted the Taiwanese group of more than 20 medical practitioners, students and professors from a Chinese university. They came from the China Medical University of Taiwan with members from International Volunteer Chinese Medical Service Corps. They travel the world, offering free medical services, and have treated thousands of people. They offered acupuncture, massages and Chinese herbal medicine.
“The event was very successful; we had a great turnout,” said Jeffrey Yu, operations manager for the association.
Yu said each day drew roughly 70 to 80 people, and on Monday, the lineup was two hours long.
Yu said his association hosted the group as a service to the community.
“It is the first group, the first travelling volunteer medical group that is comprised solely of traditional Chinese medicine from Taiwan,” he said. “What made this event extra special is the doctors who came from Taiwan received a licence to practise medicine for 60 days in B.C, which has never happened before. It’s the first of its kind, the first in history.”
Yu said the travelling volunteers get to broaden their horizons by seeing different people in broader geographical areas, who may present different symptoms.
The Taiwanese Embassy helped put on the event.