Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) is an expression of Daoist philosophy. Acupuncture is a manifestation of this philosophy. When practiced as a whole, it is a profoundly effective and complete system of medicine.
In this system of medicine, the 12 Primary channels of acupuncture are directly responsible for the daily flow of Qi and Blood and thus healthy physiological functioning of the body. The Complement (aka Secondary) channels prevent a pathogenic factor from making its way into the Primary Channels and Zang Fu where it could potentially disrupt physiological function with serious implications to an individual's health and wellbeing.
However much of the language of Classical Chinese medicine was codified and has been passed from teacher to student through successive generations. There is also a rich tradition of commentaries which has given rise to many different traditions of CCM. The key nuances are easily lost without an authentic lineage of transmission. Modern day Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen is one such lineage holder and transmitter of this medicine.
An important aspect of the Chinese medical classics is their emphasis on understanding the process of "transmission” of disease. Viewing a condition in its present state is not enough to induce a satisfactory resolution of a sickness. We need to clearly understand where it has come from and where it could potentially progress to. This enables Chinese medicine to effectively prevent and heal disease, as well as rebuild and regenerate the body.
Aim of the Mentoring Programme
The mentoring programme is a hands-on interactive workshop in Classical Acupuncture. This is envisaged as a rolling programme to serve the needs of acupuncturists wishing to receive mentoring in the complement channels.
The programme is inspired by the oral transmissions of Daoist Master Jeffrey C Yuen and the clinical teachings of Ann Cecil-Sterman, a senior student of Jeffrey’s. It is envisaged as a hands on, systematic exploration of the application of the Complement Channels of acupuncture (Sinews, Luos, Divergents, Eight Extraordinary Vessels).
It consists of a series of one-day workshops that can be attended individually or together. We welcome final year acupuncture students as well as established practitioners who have a wish to apply these channels to their existing practice.
Who is it for?
The workshops might be of interest to newly qualified acupuncturists as well as those who have attended Ann’s workshops or have an interest in learning this tradition.
Dates & Time
Sunday 7 April 2019, 10:00-17:30
Sunday 12 May 2019, 10:00-17:30
Sunday 9 June 2019, 10:00-17:30
Sunday 30 June 2019, 10:00-17:30
Each workshop will consist of four 1.5-hour sessions. Two or three of these sessions will be devoted to treating patients. One or two sessions will be devoted to discussing aspects of clinical practice, such as cultivation, pulse taking and the different complement channels.
Bellenden Therapies, 147a Bellenden Road, London SE15 4DH. This is a 5-minute walk from Peckham Rye Station. For directions please click here.
£125 per day
£340 for any 3 of the 4 workshops, if paid by 15 February 2019
£420 for all 4 workshops, if paid by 15 February 2019
75% if requested in writing at least 4 weeks before the first workshop
50% if requested in writing at least 2 weeks before the first workshop
No refunds within two weeks before the first workshop
To register please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the dates you would like to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Places are limited to 10 attendees.
Further details in the pdf file below
We will use Ann Cecil-Sterman’s books as reference throughout the programme: