The Chinese name for the Winter Solstice is ‘dong zhi 冬至’, In this article I explain how winter can benefit health according to the theory of Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture.
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. Even thought acupuncture was practised in this country, it was not appreciated that not all acupuncture is traditional and Chinese.
AOM – Academy of Oriental Medicine took it upon itself to pioneer in the field for over two decades, not only to promote acupuncture as it is taught and practised in China nowadays, but also to bring to light the ancient and classical medical theory informing its practice.
We are proud to say that we have succeeded in training a 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 the deconstruction of a mechanistic theoretical proposal suggesting a ‘protocol based approach’, concerned mainly with the symptom and not the person, has greatly helped our small Greek community to reach a respectable degree of maturity.
One of AOM’s biggest dreams is that, at some stage, all the clinical ‘tools’ of Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine Pharmacology, Chinese Medicine Nutrition, Tuina body work and others) will be practised in Greece, and offered competently for the benefit of people in need. This time will come soon!!!
Before that, our practitioners need to take a few steps to develop a sound and deep appreciation of the difference between a ‘Medicine’ and its ‘clinical method’ (i.e. acupuncture): the former being the entire corpus of knowledge of a Medicine, including its ‘foundation theory’ as well as its ‘theory of practice’ and the latter the ‘tools; it uses in administering health according to its foundation theory.
This is why AOM 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 acupuncture should be applied in full respect of its theoretical tenets.
It is our experience that this critical approach has allowed our students to think and devise any clinical intervention by relying on a reasoned strategy, rather than on the blind application of protocols. We are proud that none of our students sees people as ‘walking symptoms’, but strive to see in each and every human being the unique person they are, despite and beyond any symptom.’
Before embarking in the ‘adventure called AOM’, Vita Revelli its founder, had taught Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Chinese Pharmacology and Tuina bodywork) in several European countries (UK, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and others) for over 15 years. To these days, she remains a public figure in the international TCM scene, as she continues to teach, mainly in the Southern European countries and intervene as a speaker at European congresses.
In order to assure the excellency of AOM, Vita Revelli has called next to her a number of teachers and practitioners with decades of experience in the field of Chinese Medicine and, especially, acupuncture. 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 training programme strives to match the highest educational standards set 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.
A few words about non-MDs acupuncture Practitioners
Regardless of whether they are MDs or not, properly trained acupuncturists are allowed to practice in most European countries. In Greece, at the moment, there is no law forbidding the practice of acupuncture to non MDs. In most case, and rightly so, the newly formed professional needs to apply to become a member of a local Professional Associations and, if coming from non-accredited schools, take its entry examination in order that his/her level of competence is 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 level of didactic 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 certified by an ‘Accreditation Board’.
This is normally composed of professional and non-professionals. They take it upon themselves the task of monitoring a school’s performance to 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/ Acupuncture schools.
Although it would possible to obtain an accreditation certification from one of the many ‘Accreditation Boards’ online, AOM believes that buying an accreditation title from any of these organisation is not is pointless as none of them offers any local monitoring and thorough evaluation of the multiple facets involved in education.
For this reason, until further notice, all AOM’s students will become members of a local ‘Professional Association’ by sitting its entry examinations (for which they are very well prepared).e
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