Media release of 30 August 2016
Department of Life Sciences and Facility Management at ZHAW
Opening of the first TCM-Garden of Switzerland in Wädenswil
On August 30, 2016, the ZHAW has opened the first garden for Chinese medicinal plants in Switzerland in Wädenswil together with the Swiss Professional Association for TCM (formerly SBO-TCM). This TCM Garden is part of the gardens in ZHAW campus Grüental and freely accessible to the public. It serves future professionals of the TCM as a learning garden over the variety of the medicinal plants used and also offers all interested parties an illustrative access to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Nowadays Traditional Chinese Medicine is practiced not only in China but all around the globe. The plants used for this purpose are still largely unknown to us. In the first study and research garden for TCM plants in Switzerland, a basic assortment of more than 100 plant species will be shown on around 1000 square meters, which is to be expanded to 200 species over time.The garden has been developed in cooperation with the Swiss Professional Association for TCM and various private partners on the campus Grüental of ZHAW in Wädenswil.
The partners also form a network of expert knowledge at a high level. ZHAW and the Swiss Professional Association for TCM are planning to create a platform for exchange on the TCM medicinal plants in Switzerland with regular symposia and discussion events.
Medicinal plants to touch
The collection supports future TCM practitioners to get a better understanding of the variety of medicinal plants used. It is also open to the public and invites all interested parties to explore and discover. The exotic plants take us to a different world and arouse the curiosity of this plant-based healing method.
Far Eastern versus Swiss garden culture
The realization of the garden brought with it the challenge to present a thematic collection of plants from another continent and culture. On one hand, the TCM garden should have the harmonious character of a Chinese garden; on the other hand, it must fit into the surroundings of the various gardens in Grüental. As a principle of organization, the TCM plants were arranged according to their ecological requirements due to the areas of life that are close to the sites in their home country of China.
Relation to one's own health
The new garden gives visitors access to the Chinese medicinal plant tradition. The plants play an important role in TCM - they are the basis and part of a comprehensive philosophy. Its principles and methods form an alternative to other medical healing.
Information about the new TCM medicinal herbs garden under: www.tcm-garten.ch
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