It is a real pleasure to welcome our very special guests from Henan here to Christchurch, and to Tūranga, our central city library, for today’s Traditional Chinese Medicine seminar. The TSB Space has become a real community asset right in the heart of the city, and is ideally situated for sharing knowledge and experience. So it is fitting that you have decided to hold your seminar here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is of course much older than Western medicine, but it is not its age that generates the enormous interest that has been sparked in the west for TCM. It is the holistic approach to health and wellbeing - body, mind and spirit - the life essence of who we are - that is what we are all realising matters - we are finally catching up on the centuries of knowledge and wisdom that grounds TCM in the reality of who we are.
The West tends to treat the body as a machine and a disease as an isolated threat to that machine. That cannot be right - and explains the enormous dependency on pharmaceuticals that has become a costly burden on the whole of western society. I have had personal experience of acupuncture that has far exceeded the typical western prescription for back pain. I am really pleased that you will provide a free clinic for people later.
I found this saying, which summed up the advantage of TCM:
“To nurture one’s life and health, is mainly accomplished by cultivating one’s mind. If the mind is calm and clear, the spirit is in a pure and healthy world, if the spirit is in a healthy world, how can the illness enter you?“
In Christchurch we value our relationship with China. And we appreciate all that our local Chinese communities bring to our city. I know Cr Jimmy Chen will speak to you shortly but I wanted to acknowledge the contribution that is made.
I wish you all the best for the seminar today and an enjoyable time here in our city.