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Russian boy big fan of Chinese medicine

2010-11-12 07:34:36 GMT2010-11-12 15:34:36 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Sosnin Maxim performs a posture of martial arts in front of the gate of the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 10, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Sosnin Maxim performs Taiji fan at his dormitory in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Sosnin Maxim views the illustrations of acupuncture points of the human body at his dormitory in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Sosnin Maxim practises Qigong at his dormitory in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Sosnin Maxim learns tuina massage from a teacher in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Sosnin Maxim performs martial arts at his dormitory in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Sosnin Maxim performs martial arts at his dormitory in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilonjiang Province, Nov. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

HARBIN, Nov. 11, 2010 (Xinhua) -- Sosnin Maxim, a 21 year-old student from Russia's Krasnoyarsk, now studies at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine with a major of acupuncture and tuina massage.

Maxim does not smoke or drink, but likes drinking tea and practicing Chinese Qigong in daily life.

"Knowledge about Chinese medicine is abundant, also difficult to learn." Maxim said. "I was skinny and weak when I was a little boy, also with some genetic stomach disease. When turning to 12 years old, I started to learn martial arts and qigong from a Chinese master, who introduced me to the Chinese medicine, and enlightened me."

After two years' college education in Russia, Maxim made a decision of taking further education on Chinese medicine in China, in spite of his families' objections.

He came to Harbin in 2008, starting from learning Chinese. In September of 2010, Maxim got the offer from the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, and began his five-year college life in China.

"Although more and more people are interested in Chinese medicine in Russia nowadays, it is still not accepted by the hospitals there. Most people still do not believe in it." Maxim said.

"I would like to come back to my country after finishing my study, and help Russian people with Chinese medicine treatments. I want to do something to let the world know more about Chinese medicine. "

More than 5,000 students from 20 countries and regions have studied at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine since 1986.

The university has built communication and cooperation with educational and research institutes on Chinese medicine in more than 30 countries.

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