In late 2013 I spent a month in Beijing undertaking advanced practitioner level training and learning Tuina massage. I did this to broaden my understanding of classical Chinese medical theory and techniques, and allow me to treat more complex conditions.
Most of my time was spent observing in the clinics of Dr Wang, a practitioner of Chinese medicine with extensive experience spanning five decades. Former posts held by Dr. Wang include: chief physician of the Acupuncture Department of Beijing Hospital of Chinese Medicine, the director of the Xuanwu Hospital of Chinese Medicine, the director of the Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and Editor-in-chief of the journal Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. He is also the founder of the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center in Beijing.
The short articles on this page mainly concern my observations in Dr Wang’s clinics. They begin while I was still in Beijing and continue after my return to Ireland, as I revisited my notes and began to think about the relevance of what I had learned for my own patients.