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Therapist as therapy: working to become the 'superior physician'

Date(s): 26 March 2017

Time: 10am - 5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture graduates and 3rd year students

Venue: College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading

Lingshu 75 instructs us that ‘needling is done to regulate qi’, what and how is this achieved? The art of needling describes needling through the effects of cultivated practice not as a mechanical event but as a qi regulatory event that is highly dependent on the state of the practitioner. The literature on needling repeatedly refers to the abilities of the ‘superior’ physician. How and why does the early literature describe this and how do we enact it to develop our skills as clinicians? What is an acupoint and how to engage it? How do we grasp ‘deqi’ historically and in clinical practice? What is the optimum posture of the practitioner? What happens when we can tap into these effects? How can we develop our skills for this? In this workshop the lecturer will explain through lectures, demonstrations and practice how to understand and develop these skills.


Stephen Birch PhD has practiced acupuncture since 1982. He has studied with more than a dozen very experienced (45-62 years) practitioners in Japan and also written several books, among them ‘Hara Diagnosis’, ‘Chasing the Dragon’s Tail’, ‘Japanese Acupuncture’, ‘Understanding Acupuncture’, ‘Shonishin’ and ‘Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine’, for several of which he examined much historical literature.  Currently associate professor at the Kristiania University College, Oslo he teaches extensively around Europe. He has also been engaged in research on acupuncture and brings a unique mix of clinical experience, scholarly knowledge and scientific knowledge and methods to bear.

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