January 2019 mission, Talos dispensary

Report of our interventions at the dispensary in Talos, Moeung Russei district in traditional Chinese medicine from Monday, January 21 to Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Project Genesis:

Lyna's uncle, participated in the construction of a school in this village, and the teacher friend of Mam Satha, in charge of the dispensary intervened with him when she learned of the creation of the association. For us, this strong and concrete demand seemed obvious from the beginning for our establishment with the most disadvantaged population. The reality on the ground has demonstrated the correctness of our intuition.

The contacts made upstream and the letters sent facilitated our integration as we were expected.


Day 1 in Talos:

Monday morning by motorcycle taxi we arrive at the dispensaire….La beauty and serenity that emerged from the place and the caregivers, all these colors and calm were a joy and a feeling that we were going to be well here.

Mam Satha and Vireak Do (translator/interpreter) have been a valuable help in our relationship with the authorities and villagers from the beginning.

Our meeting with the village chief, in the presence of the 9 other village chiefs of the district, allowed us to present and hear their requests. Despite the ministerial authorizations not yet obtained, we had orally and then in writing a request for care intervention in our specialty with the population.

We then met Mr. Peov Sovamarin, Director of the Hospital of Moeung Russei and three administrative regions, representing 13 clinics (including 9 for Moeung Russei). The hospital has worked on various projects (cancer, infectious diseases, etc.) and several NGOs, including MSF.

Acupuncture seems to be a care technique that takes their attention, a very clear demand appears to train the staff, and for this Mr. Director provides us with a room and computer equipment. He would also like to see his teams work edit on other clinics.

We return around 1pm in Talos, a line of people is waiting for us, so we start consultations.

Mam Satha selected the individuals, Vireak on a basic questionnaire begins the interrogations on the general information and the reason for consultation. This questionnaire will evolve in the coming days, he will deepen it having heard the important points to the installation of our diagnosis which for him will involve him even more in the team. We also greatly appreciated his attention to the elderly, his discretion with women and his great availability.

Until 5pm we will treat 8 people (5 women, 3 men).

The pathologies are pains of the shoulders, hip, knees often due to working conditions or as a result of trauma (fall, accident).

One of the men has sciatic-type pain with insensitivity of the entire right leg;

One of the women links her hip pain to the removal of the uterus dating back several years.

We quickly see that symptomatic requests have a deeper cause and are often associated with other issues. Because of the short time we have, we explain our approach by devoting ourselves to relieving pain.

Out of 41 people received, 8 EVA (analog visual scale) were completed:

Number of people

Number of points less at the end of the session


2 points


3 points


4 points


8 points

On the second day:

from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. we'll see 10 people in consultation. Again the patterns are pains that focus on the joints of the shoulders, hands, knees and lower back, with most often signs of cold, which we warm with moxas on needles. Many people complain of headaches, dizziness, but also nightmares, the ancient psychological impact is evoked and our help will be more with tuina techniques (therapeutic massage) that will bring each time a calming, well-being again for patients, an old lady telling us: it looks like it's beautiful in my head.


On the third day:

We receive 11 people, the pain is more intense: congenital malformation, hemiplegia for 10 years, rupture of aneurysm 8 months ago….. Word of mouth worked, it seems positive about patient feedback, fear of needles is not a hindrance to our practice, there is enormous confidence and we can work in all serenity, plus calm, kindness and respect for all a faci our concentration and our listening. The tuina also brought relaxation and well-being for the villagers as well as for the therapists, the ease and flexibility that all felt after the sessions were a joy to live, because if we were convinced of our know-how, it we also had to convince and vireak's translations of thanks reinforced our practice.


On the fourth day:

We are seeing 4 people for a second session, unfortunately the queue does not allow us to see more, we will be able on this last day to see in addition 11 new patients. The demands are still around joint pain, but also problems of hyper tension, heart palpitations. Psychic concerns are often mentioned.

Some people after the session and feeling better, want to stop their treatment which we do not advise.

We are surprised by the general good health of people, even if there are certain blood shortages in particular, the bodies are healthy, body hygiene, rigorous clothing. No nutritional concerns noted.

The acceptance of the needles was total, as well as that of undressing, covering himself with a sarong, asking Vireak to go behind the door and remain ready to translate either the words of the patients or our questions.



Women/men: out of 41 people treated






We ended these 3 and a half days with a shared meal, prepared by the clinic team, Mr. Peov and another hospital director were invited. After taking the advice of the caregivers and villagers who were waiting their turn, Mr. Peov reiterated his requests for acupuncture training for his hospital teams and a presence of the association in Talos over the long term and if possible with others. Clinics.

An appointment in November is made with a team of 6 practitioners, the dispensary of Talos, will make us available the necessary parts and the new manager will take over from Mam Satha with the same enthusiasm.

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