Dr Hung D Tran, MBBS
I was born in Vietnam and where I was introduced to the potent power of Oriental medicine after contracting polio when I was around 6 months old. A very kind physician, a friend of my parents, averted the devastating effects of this condition. This intervention not only saved my life but literally changed the course of it.
Growing up in a household, where I was regularly treated with traditional methods, the influence of Chinese medicine was hard to ignore. Using herbal formulas consisting of exotic looking dried roots, barks, berries, and flowers, my parents would brew up decoctions or steep them in wine. These preparations were used to relieve a range of internal problems or for massaging onto aching, painful muscles and joints.
As a medical doctor working in hospital and community clinics I discovered that Western medicine, whilst very effective in acute and life threatening situations, offered very little in terms of preventative health and empowering the individual to care for themselves. Early on in my medical training, I appreciated the body's capacity to heal itself, yet up to that point, I did not understand how it was possible for the individual to access this immense ability heal.
The turning point for me was meeting my first teacher and mentor of Oriental medicine, Master Nguyen Tinh Thong. His example inspired me to undertake further training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I studied and worked with him for nearly 10 years during which time I developed a great affinity to acupuncture.
Meeting with Dr Jeffery Yuen, an authentic teacher and lineage master of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM), catalysed a deep fascination and long term exploration of this highly evolved system of medicine.
Studying with Ann Cecil-Sterman, a senior student of Jeffrey's, was another major turning point for me. She is a seasoned clinician with a rare gift for encapsulating and articulating the teachings of the Classics into powerful and effective treatment strategies.
I constantly draw from the teachings of CCM and my Western medical training, to access effective treatment strategies for my patients. From this dual vantage point I am able to evaluate and appreciate the various systems of medicine that I have studied as well as current breakthroughs in health and medical science. This enables me to select a method of treatment that is suitable and appropriate for each person.
As a long term student, meditator and practitioner of Buddha's teachings, I am inspired by these universally applicable, simple and practical teachings for discovering and living a life of meaning and purpose.