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Welcome to the ICOM blog. Here we share student and college news along with articles on acupuncture and general health and well-being, plus insights into Chinese Medicine and Chinese culture.

Chang’e (嫦娥), the Chinese Goddess of the Moon

In Chinese mythology, Chang'e (嫦娥) is the Moon Goddess. The ancient story goes that long ago, the earth had been scorched by ten suns that had appeared in the skies. The people on Earth were suffering as a result. Chang'e's husband Yi, an archer, shot down nine of them with arrows. He left just one sun in the sky. As a reward for saving the Earth's people he was given the elixir of immortality....

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On The Heavenly Truth of Ancient Times 

The Yellow Emperor asked the heavenly teacher: "I have heard that people in ancient times had lived as long as one hundred and twenty years with no sign of weakening in movement, but people nowadays become weakened in their movements in the age of less than sixty years old Is this due to a change in natural environments or due to man's faults?' ‘Chi-Po replied: "The ancient people who knew the...

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Myanmar Diary

For nearly 10 years acupuncturist Kirsten Germann has been involved in a charitable project in Myanmar training Doctors at the Watchet Jivita Sanga Hospital near Saigang City to learn and provide Acupuncture treatment to the patients. During that time a purpose built Acupuncture unit has been added to the Hospital and this year Clinic Director, Sarah Major joins the project, alongside Kirsten,...

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Heaven and Earth

My God, it's full of stars... (2001 Space Odyssey) separation at the same time as infinitely many without differentiation.   The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the basic concepts of Chinese Medicine and philosophy and relate them to aspects of our own experience and therefore make these ideas more accessible. The philosophical model was created in order to explain reality and...

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A First Timer’s Experience of Facial Acupuncture

Have you ever tried facial acupuncture? As a young girl in my 20s I had never given it any thought. But following some recent coverage in the press about the numerous celebs turning to this ancient Chinese practice I decided to give it a go.  I had struggled with dark circles under my eyes and I suffer from acne breakouts which had resulted in dark blemishes. I received the treatment at the...

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Tuina Short CPD Courses: Meet the Teaching Team

Sandra Hill         Is a Chinese medicine practitioner, writer and teacher with a particular interest in Classical Chinese texts and yang sheng. After completing an MA in Fine Art, Sandra Hill lived in Japan for 3 years where she studied tai ji, qi gong and shiatsu, as well as interning with acupuncturist and researcher Dr Hiroshi Motoyama. On her return to the UK she studied...

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Discovering The 5 Personality Types – Which one are you?

The theory of the five elements is one of the main tools an acupuncturist can use in order to understand a person's nature, personality types and symptoms of disease. The five element cycle is related to the cycle of the seasons throughout the year: from Spring (wood element), to Summer (fire element), to Autumn (metal element), and on to Winter (water element) The pivot around which the seasons...

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Alexandra O’Connor

My main area of focus is to work with patients suffering with conditions that go beyond simple, physical trauma. The Classical Chinese medicine theories taught at ICOM have given me a fresh perspective on such conditions and enable me to in see how contemporary health problems can be seen in the light of ancient wisdom. As well as paying close attention to the presenting signs and symptoms and...

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Sue Kalicinska

After graduating in 1987 Sue, Founding member of the British Acupuncture Council, has worked intensively and specialised in Traditional and Facial Acupuncture, Therapeutic massage, Colour healing. She also offers "Sounding the Colours of Life" (personal facilitation): 1-2-1 and workshops Yi Jing consultations and has clinics available in Belgravia, Fulham and Farnham. www.londonacupuncture.pro

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Charles Buck

Charles is an experienced practitioner, educator and recognised authority on Chinese medicine. His career has spanned multiple disciplines including medical sciences and the theory and practice of clinical oriental medicine. After graduating in 1984 he helped pioneer the teaching and practice of Chinese herbal medicine in the UK including a role as the founding director of the UK’s first...

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Rebecca Wheatley in China

Our tutor and practitioner Rebecca has sent news from China where she's on a placement through the Confucius Institute, part of an exchange program that sees a number of Chinese Doctors from Harbin come to the BAcC conference in September.  'We are observing different clinics...they are all separated into western med departments.  So I've been to Neurology, Rheumatology, Orthopaedics,...

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