Zhang Cong-Zheng and the Attack and Drain School

This article introduces the ideas of the great Jin-Yuan dynasty master Zhang Cong-zheng (aka Zhang Zi-he 1156-1228) whose style emphasised the removal of pathogenic qi using the "three methods" found in the Shang Han Lun. Published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine #88 2008.

Training Standards in UK Acupuncture

On Terminology and Translation

Translation is an awkward issue in the transmission of TCM to the west. This article discusses some of the approaches used and makes the case for accepting that many more terms, besides qi, yin and yang might be best left un-translated to avoid the issue of un-translatability. I argue that, just as biomedicine borrows Latin, so Chinese, is the technical language of this profession. (3000) Journal of Chinese Medicine #63 June 2000

Researching Chinese Medicine’s Explanatory Models

This article summarises my Master’s thesis work in 1999 that appraised the body of research that supports the notion that Chinese medicine’s traditional diagnostic patterns are supportable by objective biomedical factors. (3500) Journal of Chinese Medicine #93 2010

Dosage is the Secret that is Never Taught

Clinical experience taught me that it is not sufficient to be able to craft a suitable Chinese herb prescription for a patient, the dose also has to be appropriate for that person. Here I argue that on occasions our treatments only work when we exceed the textbook doses and that in other cases it is more appropriate to use a small fraction of the standard doses. This argument is supported by case histories and by reference to the tradition. (3000) Journal of Chinese Medicine #91 Oct 2009

Wot – no giblets? Anatomy in Chinese medicine

Here I make the case that the early acupuncturists were not entirely ignorant of anatomy. (700) The Acu

Sense about (ancient) science Part 4

On the influence of belief in the acceptance of TCM research. Here I make the case that it is insufficient simply to publish good research, to be effective we also must tackle the difficulties caused by belief bias in those reading such work. (1000) This was presented at the Science workshop at the Rothenburg Kongress June 2011 and earlier to the ETCMA symposium Krakow in 2010.

Sense about (ancient) science Part 3

Using ‘spermatorrhoea’ as an example, here I outline some of the reasons that we need to read the ancient literature with some degree of criticality. (1200) The Acu Jul 2013(?)

(articles 2 and 3 were the subject of a BAcC Conference Plenary – Truth Decay)

Sense about (ancient) science Part 2

This article questions the blind acceptance of all the received ‘truth’ of the acupuncture and Chinese medicine tradition and reflects on the way that all fields some truths have to be abandoned or revised. (1200) The Acu Feb 2012

Sense about (ancient) science Part 1

This article makes the point that Chinese medicine focuses just as much on pathology as it does on holistic doctrines, and that this is relevant medico-politically for pitching this medicine in the modern world. “We should take every opportunity to challenge the assertion that Chinese medicine lacks any basis in medical fact.” (1200) The Acu Nov 2011

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