A Study Trip in China – Part 1

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Blog

A Study Trip in China – Part 1

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...

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5 Tips for a Healthy Post-Summer Time

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog

It’s September and for a lot of us summer holidays are already behind. The days are slowly getting shorter, it’s getting progressively colder and happy days with family and friends are now images fading away as we are getting back into our normal routine. So, how can we live this transitional time happily without feeling too depressed and keeping our energy levels up? 1 – Keep eating healthy: Summer is a rich time of the year when fruit and vegetables are abundant. Our body needs all these vitamins and minerals to keep healthy and to prepare for the winter ahead. But towards the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, there are still plenty of great healthy foods available. Among the seasonal fruits are grapes, apples, plums and pears and among vegetables, we still find courgettes, aubergines and tomatoes as well as carrots, leeks, kale, celery, fennel, chicory, artichoke and baby squash. As we move towards the autumn and colder days, eat progressively less raw food and add more cooked food to your diet to avoid exhausting your digestive function. 2 – Exercise: During summer, the body receives a lot more oxygen than rest of the year. This is because there are leaves on trees and therefore more oxygen is produced, but also because we are enjoying nicer weather and summer breaks, inciting us to get outdoors more and be more active. Even though the days are getting shorter and cooler, keep getting outside and exercising in order to benefit from the increased level of oxygen in the air. You will have more energy and a better mood. Even mild exercise is enough. This leads me to the next tip… 3 – Enjoy walking in nature: Exercising doesn’t have to mean exhausting yourself at the gym, it can also mean going for an enjoyable walk in the countryside. In Chinese Medicine, breathing primary Qi (primary oxygen) is essential for staying healthy, which means walking in the woods, on the hills or by the seaside can be very nourishing and beneficial to your health. Also, in many medical systems, including Chinese medicine and Ayuverdic medicine, nature colours have healing properties. 4 – Sleep a little longer: Good sleep is very important for our health and to be active physically and mentally our bodies needs appropriate rest. Summer can be a time to “reload our batteries” but we also tend to sleep less due to longer days and being more active. Now with the days getting shorter, we will also need to rest slightly more. From mid-September, sleeping around 8 hours a night should be adequate rest to keep our batteries up. 5 – Get acupuncture: Now, maybe you are thinking that all of the previous tips are making sense but you feel that you are lacking the motivation or the energy to apply them. Or maybe you simply feel...

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