Lic. Ac. , BSc(Acu) – UK, Post- Grad. Acupuncture & TCM Gynaecology – CN, BA(Hons) Chinese Language & Anthropology – UK., Hunyuan Medicine graduate, Founder of AOM.
I am an Italian free spirit, a traveller and someone in love with life. I am devoted to the path of learning and I am deeply convinced that learning is work-in-progress and it never ends. I teach Chinese Medicine, a medicine mainly concerned with understanding the laws governing life and how they foster health.
I teach Chinese Medicine, a medicine mainly concerned with the laws governing life and how they foster health.
I studied Acupuncture with J.R Worsley at the ‘Dao College of Acupuncture’ (Leamington SPA- Warwickshire). J.R. was a magnificent teacher, a great healer and a passionate believer in the need to build a rapport with the patient in the clinic.
After college, I went to China, studied at the “Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine’ for two years and did an internship in the gynaecology department of the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital for one year. Later, I was chosen to train under an amazing teacher, the taoist doctor Pang Yiwu, who taught me the physiology of resonance.
In China, I also studied Guo Lin Qigong, designed for the therapy of cancer patients, Ba Duan Jin and Heart Qigong.
In 1990, I became acquainted with Liu Lihong’s work, in which he question modern TCM as a by-product of modernity, paying lip service to western medicine. This changed not only my understanding of Chinese Medicine, but also how I teach it and practice it.
For over 30 years, China has been a second home to me: a place where I could always go to immerse myself in dusty old books in the library of “Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine”. I loved to spend hours and hours with ancient authors who talked about life, how it works and how the whole universe resonates at the unison with a deep, unknown and unknowable void.
In addition, I hold a BSc(Acu) from Kingston University (CICM) and a BA(Hons) degree in ‘Chinese Language and Anthropology’ from SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, (University of London), one of the most prestigious Universities in the field in the world.
I have been teaching Chinese Medicine (theory as well as acupuncture, herbs and nutrition) since 1988, both as guest teacher at various European Schools of Chinese Medicine i.e. Chinese Herbal Medicine at the ‘London College of Chinese Herbal Medicine’ with G. Maciocia, M. McIntyre and Mazin Al-Khafaji, Acupuncture theory and practice at Pavia Medical University’s ‘Specialisation course in Acupuncture for doctors’, at the School of Chinese Medicine ‘Suwen’ Milano, at the school N.O.S.T.R.A., Oslo (Norway), to mention just a few.
I have published articles in prestigious professional magazines and translated part of books from Chinese to English. I write a lot and publish little, as I believe that a book is work-in- progress, whose content changes as I change and deepen my understanding.
Amongst the translation, it is worth mentioning the ‘Fourth scroll’ of Zheng Qinan’s (founder of the Fire Spirit School) book “Yi Li Zhen Quan” and co-translated with Yaron Seidman, the founder of the Hunyuan School, the chapter “The arduous way of learning simple things 下學梯航” written by Liu Yuan, the founder of the ‘Huai Xuan School and published in the ‘Huai Xuan Collection.” I write a lot and publish little, as I believe that, as a book’s content is likely to change as I change and deepen my understanding, the only book worth writing is the one that summarises a whole life experience.
I have been in practice for over 40 years, both as an acupuncturist, a Chinese Medicine Pharmacology (called Chinese Herbal Medicine in the west), specialised mainly in the area of gynaecology and as a nutritionist.
I am interested in the discourse of the ‘Ming Men School’ and have researched extensively the work of Zhao Xiang He, Sun Yi Hui and LI Shi Zhen. I believe that their teachings about the mystery of conception, birth and life, are fundamental in appreciating Chinese Medicine’s contribution to health and life.
I founded AOM – Academy of Oriental Medicine in 1996 and never looked back. I am proud to see that many excellent, generous and well educated Chinese Medicine practitioners (mainly acupuncturist) trained in AOM are now distinguishing themselves as practitioners and, some, as caring and knowledgeable teachers.
I owe all I know and have become as a person to the Chinese ancestors (doctors and sages) who have challenged me for several decades through their inspired writings and to all my teachers, colleagues and students. To all of them a warm “Thank you”!
I am thrilled to share the teaching in AOM with a team of magnificent, deeply humane and spiritual, and superbly skilled group of people who will be at my side as co-teachers. Their biographies are in the making and will soon show on this page or on https://www.chinese-medicine.online
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