This course creates 12 distinct treatment patterns based on the I Ching Ba Gua, Unified Acupuncture Theory, and the balance method. These 12 patterns can treat an array of internal functional problems with a particular focus on anxiety and insomnia. These 12 patterns are based on three main concepts - dynamic interactions, static interactions, and the meridian code. The combination of these three concepts together enable treatment on many levels, including-musculoskeletal problems, functional affections, internal imbalances, and psychological and emotional states.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
- Identify and apply dynamic interactions.
- Identify and apply static interactions.
- Understand the principles behind the meridian code and how to apply the Guas to the individual meridians.
- Know the symptomology and indications for each of the 12 patterns.
- Understand the three main paradigms in which the 12 patterns are created.
- The six levels of YIN and Yang.
- The three levels of UAT model.
- The three relationships of the midday midnight coupled with the entry exit relationship.
- Know and be able to create the treatment of each of the 12 patterns using eight needles in total.
- Understand and be able to apply the six patterns used for vertical meridian diagnosis in pain or other affections of the meridians.
- Understand and be able to apply the six patterns used in insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Understand and be able to apply the four patterns for external attacks.
- General introduction + Introduction to UAT model
- Summary of dynamic interactions, static interactions and meridian code
- Introduction to the 12 patterns
- The six levels of the meridians
- Three levels of UAT model
- Midday midnight with entry exit points
- Yang Ming with midday midnight
- Tai Yang with midday midnight
- Shao Yang with midday midnight
- Six patterns related to placement of illness on vertical lines
- Six patterns for depression, insomnia and anxiety
- Summary of theory
My acupuncture adventure starts when I was 12 years old. Having seen my parents undergo three hip operations, 2 cancer treatments, and being diagnosed as diabetic in a period of three years I was confronted at this early age with the need to find a better way to help people live a healthy and full life. The symptomatic treatments that my parents underwent brought me to the realisation that a holistic approach to health would be more beneficial. At the same time being confronted with ones parents being in ill health also leads to questioning of ones understanding of the world around us. A philosophical undertaking of understanding started at the age of fourteen and took me on a journey that eventually led to ancient Chinese philosophy.
Against this backdrop of searching for meaningful ways to help people live a healthy balanced life and coupled with an attraction to ancient Chinese thought, the acupuncture world became the obvious career path.
Having the opportunity to study under Daniel Deriaz at the start of my academic career introduced me to the various types of acupuncture that existed and opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities. Upon completion of my formal acupuncture training I went on a quest to learn and acquire as many different styles and techniques that I could. This ranged from Worsley style 5 element, to Manaka Japanese style acupuncture, to Master Tung acupuncture, to Korean Sa’am 4 needle technic, and finally to Dr. Teh-Fu Tan and his balance method. It was with Dr. Tan that I was able to find a common thread between these different styles and allowed me to combine them into practical clinical treatments.
Parallel to my acupuncture career I develop a teaching career first as an English language trainer and then as head of the academic department of a language school. Having over 15 years of teaching experience in various fields (language, teaching tools, teaching approaches, etc.) has allowed me to create a teaching style that motivates and engages participants to acquire the information being taught in a very natural way.
I currently reside in Lausanne, Switzerland where I have my own private practice and am the trainer for professional development courses at the Academie des Arts-Therapeutic in Geneva where I teach acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as clinic management and patient-therapist relationships.