Since the 20th of October this year I have been in Beijing on a 4-week training trip to see my teacher Dr. Wang Ju Yi at his clinic, the Wang Ju-Yi Applied Channel Theory Research Centre and also to learn about Chinese medical massage (Tui Na) at the Beijing Massage Hospital. Since I am away from my practice for over a month, I am going to keep you updated about my studies in Beijing.
The main purpose of this trip is to deepen my knowledge of channel examination and theory. I have been using it in my practice for over three years now and my clinical results have improved remarkably over this time.
Dr. Wang Ju-Yi has over 50 years clinical experience and has spent many hours pouring over the acupuncture classics. Drawing from his profound knowledge of these ancient texts, he has been able to redevelop the forgotten skill of channel examination. Having the opportunity to study with someone who has this level of understanding of Chinese medicine is incredible.
My residence during my time in Beijing is at a hostel called “The Red Lantern House”, which is in a “hutong”, a type of village tucked away beneath the city, characterized by narrow streets or alleys and small traditional buildings. The building is 200 years old and was once used as a temple. I am joined in my studies by two acupuncturist colleagues: Mairi Caughey who is from Navan and Alex Brazkiewicz who is a long time friend from the UK.
On Tuesday 22nd October, my colleagues and myself began our Tui Na course at the Beijing Massage Hospital (BMH) under the teaching of Dr. Richard (Dr. Xue Nan) and Dr. Tang Hongbo. Interestingly, Dr. Richard worked in Ireland from May 2003 until October 2006 for the Irish Wheelchair Association. He is very fond of Ireland and very pleased to teach us. Another interesting fact, Dr. Richard is blind and the BMH is a resource medical centre for blind doctors in China.
This week, teachings at the BMH have been about learning the basic Tui Na techniques and understanding the basic routine to treat insomnia, headache, lumbago, gastro-intestinaux disorders and musculo-skeletal problems affecting different parts of the body. I should add that Tui Na is an integral branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The massage techniques are different than normal massage as they have a therapeutic aim.
Our study with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi began on Wednesday 23rd October at the Hu Guo Si Hospital where Dr. Wang works once a week. Dr. Wang is a senior retired doctor who teaches not only at his own clinic but also in a public hospital where he has official apprentices who were appointed by the Chinese government. On Thursday and Saturday, we attended Dr. Wang’s clinic to observe him treating his own patients. Currently there are students from many different countries, such as USA, Israel, Iran, Germany, Australia, UK and Ireland who are visiting his clinic to observe him at work.
Dr. Wang’s clinic is very busy and he sees several patients a day. Among some of the conditions we saw treated this week were insomnia, hypertension, hypotension, urticaria, facial paralysis from stroke and facial spasms. I have never seen him not being able to help a patient. He will either be able to treat the problem entirely or relieve the symptoms.
This introduction to my time in Beijing only scrapes the surface and in my next blog post I will go into more detail about my studies here. I’m very much looking forward to bringing this new-found knowledge and experience back to my clinic in Dublin!