Rodrigo Aranda A Personal Note Towards ICCM Congress

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I´m a Medical Doctor from Chile, a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and apprentice to Dr. Wang Ju-Yi from Beijing. When I treat patients my main focus is on Dr. Wang Ju Yi´s method of Channel Palpation. I don´t skip any of the 4 diagnosis method but Channel Palpation is the axis of my diagnosis and treatments. After I have done my initial diagnosis I determine which Channel or Channels are more related with the patients pathology, a process called Channel Differentiation. After this, comes Channel Selection, which is choosing Channel/s for treatment. When coming down to Acupoints, my emphasis comes to classical point categories and their indications. I try to use very few needles in my treatments and usually apply moxa in certain points. For evaluating the patients progress, first of all, it´s important to ask him about his symptoms and then evaluate the tongue and pulse. Finally but most importantly, I check the channels again for changes in the original condition. If the condition is not severe, usually with a few treatments you will find that any abnormality palpated in the channels will disappear.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in particular are on the verge of becoming to “scientific”. It seems nowadays that many practitioners are looking for Acupoints to treat certain conditions without going through the whole diagnosis process. Furthermore, some western doctors are trained in a few weeks to use acupuncture as part of their therapies, without understanding the principles of Chinese Medicine.

I have been fortunate enough to study with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi for several years now. He has been making a great effort to spread Classical Channel Physiology not only in China but also in western countries. Thank to his book applied Channel Theory (co-authored with Jason Robertson), his understanding of Channels is becoming popular in the TCM community. From my point of view, it is this kind of knowledge, coming from classical sources, that represents the future of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. We must submerge in the classical texts, try to understand what the ancients Chinese were trying to teach and contextualize this knowledge with our understanding of modern physiology. This will definitely broader our scope of understanding not only about human beings but regarding life itself.

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