I have been actively involved in the practice, teaching, and translation of East Asian medicine and osteopathic medicine  for almost fifty years. My training has included a Diploma in Chinese Medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (1975), a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1982), and a Ph.D. from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (2006). If you are interested in reading about any of the books that I have helped translate, that information can be found at Eastland Press. For information about Engaging Vitality, an approach to improving diagnosis and treatment in Traditional East Asian Medicine that I developed along with my late friend Charles Chace, go to Engaging Vitality..

The primary modalities I use are a variety of osteopathic manipulative approaches, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicines. It is important to remember that in all of these forms of medicine, the actual treatment is generally the patient’s response to the what the practitioner does, not what the practitioner does itself. The focus of treatment is to have a useful dialogue with the organism enabling it to regain its normal balance. This is usually done by relatively gentle forms of stimulation.

For this reason, not only is it not a good idea to be treated too frequently, but there are often things that patients need to do in their daily lives for there to be an optimal response. This can include physical activities and exercises or sometimes dietary and/or lifestyle changes. Often it will be helpful to make sure that you have a healthy approach towards life.

 My colleague Philippe Rivière has made a summary of this approach, as taught to him by the famous modern Chinese doctor Leung Kok-Yuen:

  • Take responsibility for your actions and choices
  • Be involved in activities that help to transcend the self
  • Try and resolve conflicts as quickly as possible to avoid wasting emotional energy
  • Accept and respect yourself. Learn to be at ease with yourself when you are alone.

 

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