Dongda has another class on fire! This time, I took the students to dig herbs and taught them to sleep well.

Modern Express (correspondent Tang Tang and reporter Li Nan) Did you know? The unremarkable plants on the campus may actually be Chinese herbal medicines with good therapeutic effects. Recently, a video of a teacher from Southeast University leading students to dig herbs and make specimens on campus has gone viral. Gathering Chinese herbs in nature and experiencing the beautiful things around them that are often overlooked make many students feel relaxed and comfortable.

The teacher of Dongda University led the students to dig herbs and make specimens on the campus

The teacher in the video is Wang Changsong, a doctor of medicine, chief physician, and tutor of postgraduate students. He is also the director of the Department of Internal Medicine of Zhongda Hospital Affiliated to Southeast University, and the director of the Teaching and Research Section of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the School of Medicine of Southeast University. The video recorded is a practical class in the general school course “Healthy Sleep and Happy Life” taught by him.

△Wang Changsong led his classmates to dig herbs

Wang Changsong was very satisfied to see the students seriously explore nature, smell the herbs and make specimens together. “This is exactly the effect I want. I believe that this kind of activity will never be forgotten by the students for a lifetime.”

It is reported that “Healthy Sleep and Happy Life” is a general elective course for students of all majors in the school. Wang Changsong created this course according to the three gradually improving themes of high-quality sleep, healthy maintenance, and happiness. He proposed five main teaching modes, namely, perception and experience method, discussion and debate method, leading inquiry method, case teaching method and simulated classroom method.

The practice class of collecting Chinese herbal medicines belongs to the perception and experience method.

△Wang Changsong explained to the students

In order to ensure the smooth progress of the course, Wang Changsong came to the Jiulonghu campus one week in advance to “step on the spot” to find the Chinese herbal medicine hidden in the grass.

Stepping into the weeds, he opened the dense grass and searched carefully. He found many common Chinese herbal medicines in the grass that few people set foot in, which not only clears the lungs and moistens the dryness, calms the liver and brightens the eyesight, and also clears heat and diuresis. , Rhizoma Imperatae, which cools blood and stops bleeding. “I hope to use the natural resources of the Southeast University campus to combine courses with nature, and lead students to go to nature, love nature, and experience beautiful things that are usually overlooked around them.”

“This class is very relaxing, and the most memorable part is, of course, following Mr. Wang to the campus to identify Chinese herbal medicines and collect specimens, and I learned a lot of things, such as camphor leaves and Humulus for insomnia, Imperata for nosebleeds, dandelion for anti-cancer, and blackberry Cooling blood and detoxifying, and peach trees are treasures all over the body, so Chinese herbal medicine is not far away from us.” Zhu Tianwen, a 2020 student of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, said bluntly that if there are similar courses in the future, he will continue to choose.

A number of practice bases have been developed off-campus, and a number of interesting health-care courses have been opened on-campus

Wang Changsong studied forestry. Before that, he also worked in a national nature reserve and has a deeper understanding of Chinese herbal medicine. Not long ago, he served as the instructor of a practice project in the medical school, leading the students of the practice project to collect Chinese herbal medicine outside the school and instructing the students to make Chinese herbal medicine specimens. It also inspired him to set up practical classes.

△ Preparation of herbal specimens

Around this course, Wang Changsong and his team have also developed and built a number of off-campus experience and practice bases. For example, the clinics for students’ physical and sub-health conditioning include the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Medical Psychology at Zhongda Hospital, Nanjing Peilan Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, Junhetang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum, etc.; practice experience bases include Zhongshan Botanical Garden, Nanjing Shijiu Lake Art Rehabilitation Yard, Tiangong Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Farm, etc.

A reporter from Modern Express learned that Wang Changsong has worked at Southeast University for 23 years. He is not only the teacher of the “Chinese Medicine” professional course for undergraduates in the medical school, but also the founder of many innovative general education courses. He set up the course “Dietary and Nutrition of Traditional Chinese Medicine” to teach undergraduates to make medicinal meals; created a course for postgraduates called “Clinical Classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine”, which has been opened to the public many times; Become the first batch of national first-class undergraduate courses.

In the course “Traditional Culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Health”, Wang Changsong summarized the characteristics of college students into three points: young and energetic; often staying up late and having leisure; more brains, less exercise. “Actually, the most fundamental way to keep healthy is in our daily life. Adequate sleep, reasonable diet, good mood, and moderate exercise are the four cornerstones of maintaining health.”

“The secret of physical fitness”, “The secret of a good night’s sleep”, “How to regulate emotions”, “Singing and health preservation based on the concept of traditional Chinese medicine”, “From health to happiness – improving the quality of life based on the concept of traditional Chinese medicine”… Wang Changsong is often seen. He combined traditional Chinese medicine and modern brain science with the concepts and methods of positive psychology to help students broaden their minds and improve their horizons. “Traditional Chinese medicine is a treasure of traditional Chinese culture. I hope that students can cultivate cultural confidence through experience and perception.”