The exercise of Acupuncture rests heavily on the whole Medical Corpus of Chinese Medicine, that is to say, its theoretical and clinical foundation. See here a video on acupuncture made by UNESCO.
In the clinic in the presence of the person seeking our help, we need to know how to use the theory of acupuncture to diagnose, to understand the mechanisms leading from physiology to pathology and to find the way of undoing them in order to help them recover health. At the same time, we need to take care of the problem people bring to the acupuncture clinic, without losing sight of them as whole beings.
When working in the acupuncture clinic (and for that matter, any clinic) we need to ask ourselves several questions: “What am I called to do in my role as an acupuncture practitioner? Am I a symptom eraser, a pain killer or someone deeply involved in a process of transformation? Does this process involves only the ‘other’ person as a whole or does it, simultaneously, also transform also me?” And more… what does it mean, in practice, that for the theory of acupuncture the body is the material home of the non-material, and that the non-material gives it life? How can we support life by tapping into the non-material through the material, so that the life force can flow better and in a healthier manner? And, ultimately, what does health mean for this specific person?
To study the “Foundation of Acupuncture” is like learning firstly the alphabet of a language, then its grammar and, last, the complexities of its syntax. Knowing this, makes the practitioner the master of a complex and multifaceted body of knowledge. Without it, many of the questions arising in the acupuncture clinic vis-a-vis the patient cannot find an answer.
To gain an insight into our acupuncture programme, its content and hours please read the outline of our syllabus & curriculum below.