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Student uses acupuncture to revive fainting passenger on subway

By Xu Zhesheng | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-02-24 14:13

A video of a young woman using acupuncture to revive a fainting passenger on the Beijing subway has sparked widespread discussion and praise on social media.

The rescuer, Shi Yue, a graduate student majoring in traditional Chinese medicine at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, administered the professional acupuncture treatment, successfully reviving the unconscious passenger in less than 5 minutes.

Shi, who was carrying a set of professional acupuncture tools while commuting to an off-campus professional exam on Jan 13, when she noticed a young woman fainting as the subway approached Ciqi Kou Station on Line 5.

Recognizing signs of potential hypoglycemia, she swiftly assessed the situation and provided emergency care.

Confident in her training and experience, Shi performed acupuncture on the spot, explaining to subway staff that she was a student at the Chinese medicine university.

The entire process took less than 5 minutes, and the revived passenger later explained that she had fainted due to skipping breakfast that morning.

Shi's prompt and professional first aid has earned her widespread acclaim online, with many praising her actions as a demonstration of the positive impact of traditional Chinese medicine.

In response to the attention, Shi humbly stated that she merely did what any doctor would do in such a situation.

Shi, who holds a professional physician qualification and has completed internships in traditional Chinese medicine at several hospitals, emphasized the role of acupuncture in emergency situations.

She explained that acupuncture, as a relatively simple and effective treatment method, can offer relief for various acute conditions such as fainting, collapse, high fever and visceral colic.

However, she emphasized that it is only an emergency treatment and immediate further medical attention is necessary once the acute condition is stabilized.

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