Study of the Chinese Classics of Medicine and Philosophy, and TCM
Since the mid 1980’s to this day, I have also studied with Claude Larre (deceased) and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee of the European School of Acupuncture, Paris who, as Sinologists, could translate Classical Mandarin texts, teaching directly from the Classics of both Medicine and Philosophy, especially Taoism. As Westerners, the ancient Chinese philosophies offer us a new paradigm, a wholly fresh way to see and be in the world and how to lead one’s life in it. These teachers have brought the time-tested Chinese ways of thought wonderfully alive.
The Tao (the Way in Chinese) emphasizes certain principles which relate to the Order of Nature and our connection to it. Their application was first written down in a book that remains the foundation of all Chinese medicine (of which acupuncture and moxabustion are an important part). This book: The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang Ti Nei Jing Su Wen), a treatise on life itself, is regarded in China as their most influencial medical work, as well as being considered one of the most important works of Chinese literature. This ongoing study has given me a deep understanding of the roots of acupuncture and has been a major influence both in my work and my personal life.
In the early 1990’s I trained in what is known as TCM with John and Angela Hicks, founders of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading. TCM is a modern development of traditional acupuncture influenced by the way Western medicine perceives and treats disease focusing on specific signs and symptoms present within the patient. I use the TCM approach where I deem it appropriate, as a useful adjunct to Five Element treatment. (cont.)