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Academy of Oriental Medicine
When in 1996 AOM – Academy of Oriental Medicine opened in Greece, Traditional Chinese Medicine and its clinical methods were almost unknown. Although acupuncture was practised in this country, most people did not realise that not all ‘treatments by needling’ (acupuncture) are the same. There is, in fact, a big difference between those who do so by relying on the theory of Chinese Medicine, where acupuncture was born, and those who do not. Generally speaking, the former approach looks at the root of a symptom and treats the person as a whole, the latter treats the symptom.
At the time of its opening, AOM – Academy of Oriental Medicine took it upon itself to promote Chinese Medicine, not only as it is taught and practised in China nowadays, but also as it was taught and practiced in ancient and classical times.
We are proud to say that AOM – Academy of Oriental Medicine has succeeded in training a very large number of excellent, mindful and cultivated practitioners. Our students understand deeply the difference between treating the symptom and treating the person, and always put the person first.
We believe that the emphasis AOM has given to the classics, its insistence on deconstructing mechanistic proposal suggesting a ‘protocol based approach’, aimed mainly at the symptom and not the whole person, has greatly helped our small Greek community to reach a respectable degree of maturity.
In this context it is important that both the general public and the professionals gain a sound and deep appreciation of the difference between the theoretical, foundational corpus of ‘Chinese Medicine ‘ and its ‘clinical methods’ (i.e. acupuncture, Chinese pharmacology – herbs, minerals, animals, tuina bodywork etc) in the understanding that each aspect supports the other.
This is why AOM – Academy of Oriental concentrates its efforts on:
1. teaching modern Chinese medical theory (TCM/CM), examined and filtered through the teachings of its ancient and classic forefathers
2. showing how this informs clinical practice
3. showing how each one of its clinical methods (i.e. acupuncture) should be applied in full respect of its theoretical tenets.
It is our experience that precisely this critical approach has allowed our students to think and devise a clinical intervention by relying on a reasoned strategy, rather than on the blind application of protocols. We are proud that most of our students do not see people as ‘walking symptoms’, but strive to see in each and every human being the unique person they are, despite and beyond any pathology.
Since 1988, well before embarking in the ‘adventure’ called AOM – Academy of Oriental Medicine, its founder, Vita Revelli had taught Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Chinese Pharmacology and Tuina bodywork) in several European countries (UK, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, China and others) next to giants of CM like Giovanni Maciocia, Michael McIntyre, Mazin Al-Khafaji and many other ‘pioneers’.
To these days, she remains a public figure in the international TCM scene: she continues to teach, mainly in the Southern European countries and intervenes as a speaker at European congresses.
In order to assure AOM’s excellency, Vita Revelli has called next to her a number of professionals with over 15-20 years in the teaching of Chinese Medicine and related tools (acupuncture, Chinese pharmacology, tuina bodywork etc). All of them have also decades of clinical work at the side of people in need. of help. Not only they are excellent professionals, but also people motivated by the genuine desire to share, rather than by personal gain and ambition.
Why Study With Us?
AOM’s Bachelor level training programme strives to match the highest educational standards set for Chinese Medicine by the main European Professional Organisations.
We prepare our students to understand thoroughly the medical corpus of Chinese Medicine by covering both classical and modern approaches, with a strong emphasis not only on treatment, but also on prevention.
We train all our students almost on a one-to-one basis, giving great emphasis to practicing in class, to examining case studies and clinical practice training, so that by the end of course all our students can start to practice acupuncture skilfully and with confidence.
We teach all tools of Chinese Medicine, although the largest number of applicants chooses the path of acupuncture. Find the detailed Acupuncture training in the section ‘education‘.
A few words about non-MDs wanting to study acupuncture
Regardless of whether they are MDs or not, most European countries allow properly trained acupuncturist to work regardless of whether they are doctors or not. In Greece, at the moment, there is no law forbidding the practice of acupuncture to non MDs.
However, in most case, and rightly so, the newly formed professional needs to apply to become a member of a local Professional Associations. If applicants come from non-accredited schools, they should take the Association’s entry examination for his/her level of competence to be verified.
Our training guarantees that all our students are able to pass a Professional Association’s entry examination successfully.
What is an Accredited School?
An ‘Accredited School’ is a teaching institution where:
- the didactic level of competence of its teachers
- the coherence of its programmes
- the fairness and transparency of its evaluation and grading system
- its syllabus and curriculum
- the conditions of its premises and their accessibility
- and much more
are found adequate and are positively certified by an ‘Accreditation Board’. The members of the Accreditation Board take upon themselves the task of monitoring a school’s performance and ascertain that all its students receive what they need in order to be properly qualified.
Greece does not yet have an ‘Accreditation Board’ that can monitor the quality of local Chinese Medicine schools.
Although it would be possible to obtain an ‘accreditation certificate’ from one of the many ‘Accreditation Boards’ online, AOM- Academy of Oriental Medicine believes that buying an accreditation title from any of these organisation is pointless as none of them offers any local monitoring and a thorough evaluation of the multiple facets involved in education and the well being of students. For this reason, until further notice, all AOM’s students will have to become members of a local ‘Professional Association’ by sitting its entry examinations (for which they will be very well prepared).
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