Chinese Medicine

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The Classical Art of Medicine

There is a growing trend within Chinese medicine to increasingly move towards a western model of working. Classical theories are being thrown out, Acupuncture is being seen through the lens of western medicine and anything deemed ‘unscientific’ is being stripped from this ancient tradition. This is not necessarily a western-only turn of events though; it is increasingly taking place in China as well with most of the more classical approaches to Chinese medicine now existing primarily in South East Asia.

There is nothing inherently ‘wrong’ with this if this is the kind of therapy you would like to study. Modern science has given the human race great advancements in health and many of the modernised versions of Chinese medicine work just fine for many health conditions. But there are many people out there who do not wish to see Chinese medicine through this modern ‘lens’. For many, the ancient theories hold a lot of attraction and as a working model they were an integral part of Asian medicine for centuries. Rather than dividing human beings from their environment, as is the modern way, the ancient theories see mankind as a united part of the trinity of Heaven, Humanity and Earth. The flow of information (Qi) between the two great poles is of huge importance to the practice and diseases are seen as a reflection of a persons Ming (destiny/lifepath) and Xing (nature) as well as simply the result of germs and pathogenic influences.

As Chinese medicine becomes more modernised it is also moving away from key skills which are integral to the practice.  This is a great shame as a time honoured tradition is slowly fading away.

Xian Tian College

The Xian Tian College is the Chinese medicine branch of Lotus Nei Gong run by Damo Mitchell and Rob Aspell.  Those beginning their education in Chinese medicine with the Xian Tian College will be studying diagnosis and treatment from a classical standpoint. The more esoteric sides of Chinese medicine are also studied, including the energetics and the philosophy of Daoism. The personal cultivation of the practitioner is given as much importance as the level of skill they develop.  This was long considered the most effective way to reach the higher levels of skill within Chinese medicine.

Chinese medical practice has been developed over many centuries throughout China’s history. Rather than being an ‘unbroken tradition’, Chinese medicine has been through several periods of persecution; the most famous of these being the cultural revolution under Chairman Mao. During this time, all ancient practices from China were outlawed. It was only in the 1960’s that Chinese medicine started to go through a revival and the system of Chinese medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM was formulated. TCM is a form of Chinese medicine taught widely in Universities and Colleges around the world, it is generally formulated of Acupuncture treatment, Tui Na medical massage and Chinese herbal prescriptions.

Less widely studied these days are the ‘pre-cultural revolution’ medical practices which were not included in the creation of the TCM system. Various names exist for this kind of medicine but for ease of labelling we call this ACM or ‘Ancient Chinese Medicine’ within the Xian Tian College.

ACM is a little different to its modern cousin of TCM. Though both share common theoretical frameworks and similar systems of diagnostics, ACM differs in that it looks at the nature of Jing, Qi and Shen in a slightly different manner. Rather than being fixed solely on the internal condition of a patient’s body, it focuses heavily on the quality of the channels themselves as well as the nature of the Shen. It also relies heavily on the internal development of the practitioner who may use their own Qi to aid in the treatment of disease.

Acupuncture

The main focus of our Acupuncture course is to build a strong foundation with the classical theories and diagnostic skills of Chinese Medicine, on which the practice of Acupuncture will be built upon.

Tui Na

Our Tui Na course aims to produce fully competent, professional practitioners of Tui Na Medical Massage, with the ability to treat a wide range of medical conditions from a Chinese medicine perspective.

Herbal Medicine

Our Chinese Herbal Medicine course is taught with a focus on developing a good working understanding of individual herbs as well as classical formulae, and how to apply them to clinical practice. 

Qi Gong

Traditionally, doctors developed a working understanding of the internal environment of the body and trained to develop their Qi to a high level. Qi Gong is an important part go all of our training courses.

Classical Practice

Though both Rob and Damo have had the more modern version of Chinese medicine form a large part of their training, they also have a large interest in the classical methods of practice. Damo studied the older versions of Chinese medicine as a part of his Daoist training and both tutors wish to provide the opportunity for study of these methods in the West.What the college provides is an understanding of Chinese medicine with an emphasis placed upon both the TCM and more classical methods of understanding the body and mind. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon the dying skills of classical diagnosis and students are encouraged to study personal cultivation and the nature of energetics alongside their treatment modalities. The esoteric forms a large part of the training and students thinking of applying for the training should be aware of this before they submit an application form.

Personal Skill
& Cultivation

Those beginning their education in Chinese medicine with the Xian Tian College will be studying diagnosis and treatment from a classical standpoint. The more esoteric sides of Chinese medicine are also studied, including the energetics and the philosophy of Daoism. The personal cultivation of the practitioner is given as much importance as the level of skill they develop.  This was long considered the most effective way to reach the higher levels of skill within Chinese medicine.

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