Michael Brown has been practising Chinese medicine for 10 years. He developed a passion for the classics of our medicine during his undergraduate and following the advice of one of his teacher’s went to study Chinese language. Michael has since developed his practise and study around the classics of the medicine and aims to teach current and future practitioners about the importance of the classics in modern clinical practice.
This lecture aims to demonstrate the practical applications of a text called the Mingtang Jing 明堂經. This is one of the earliest texts related to acupuncture, dating back to the Han dynasty. It formed part of Huangfu Mi’s The Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (針灸甲乙經), as well as being featured heavily in pre-Song texts. This lecture will examine several key acupuncture points discussing their clinical applications with commentaries and songs from Ming and Qing dynasty acupuncture texts such as The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (針灸大成) and the Golden Mirror of Medicine (醫宗金鑒). The goal will be to illustrate to students and practitioners the importance and utility of early acupuncture texts in clinical practice.
This lecture aims to demonstrate a critical feature missing in many practitioner’s clinical thinking – a source based approach. Historical evidence of literature will be provided establishing that use of medical literature has always been a core part of our practice, and only recently have we stopped using Chinese medical literature to not only help us in our practice but also guide our clinical reasoning. This lecture will argue there are specific ways people can utilise the source texts in clinical scenarios, and then present past evidence of scholar-physicians utilising this approach such as Liu Wansu 劉完素 (of the Cooling School 寒涼派), Li Dongyuan 李東垣 (of the Nourishing Earth School 補土派) and Wu Jutong 吳鞠通 (author of the Wenbing Tiaobian 溫病條辨).