Theory, Methodology and Structure of Chinese Medicine
Edited By Friedrich G. Wallner, Fengli Lan and Martin J. Jandl
Gertrude Kubiena Applied Methodologies for Teaching, Learning, Spreading and Survivalof TCM 45
45 Gertrude Kubiena Applied Methodologies for Teaching, Learning, Spread- ing and Survival of TCM Insights from the Beijing Workshop 2007 on Terminology TCM teachers outside China usually simply teach TCM without reflecting methodology. In course of time they learn to give associations with familiar phenomena to overcome the cultural differences. Thus they apply the me- thod of strangification – without being aware of this technical term. Moreo- ver, they have to struggle with the methodologies of the underlying issues, e.g. TCM itself, correlation with Modern Western Medicine, terminology, the Chinese language and how to deal with it, translation versus interpre- tation, practical application, investigation (e.g. study designs) etc. The Bei- jing workshop 2007 with Chinese top-class experts revealed that especial- ly terminology is not only a concern for facilitation of understanding TCM outside China. Moreover the unification of TCM terminology is taken very seriously in China as a national concern because it is considered a pre- condition for the survival of TCM by modernization and internationalization. Methodology of TCM-Terminology The problem of TCM terminology originally arises from the foreigners who want to understand Chinese Medicine. TCM terminology is a great prob- lem for TCM students outside China: Different textbooks and teachers use different terms for one and the same matter. Therefore my original target of the Beijing workshop 2007 was the clarification of some key expres- sions of TCM, to facilitate TCM teaching and learning. But I learnt that standardization of TCM terminology is not only a must for foreign students;...
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