In 1992 I founded the Acupuncturists Support Group in San Francisco, to promote education and collaboration amongst acupuncturists. The ASG routinely sponsored seminars with Jeffrey Yuen, Elisabeth Rochat, Kiiko Matsumoto, Jian Fu Jiang, and many others. As a result colleagues would often ask for technical advice or explanations on these masters’ styles, and the articles offered below followed.
These articles are provided to assist you with technical information. You may use them in any way you see fit. I do not regard the information provided as mine: it becomes yours when it becomes part of who you are and how you practice, thus copyrighting is not enforced. In the case of unpublished articles, please note that these had not been fully edited.
The articles are divided into a number of sections:
The philosophy of Chinese Medicine (Meditation on the Meridians). These articles are based on the work of Jeffrey Yuen. They are meant to encourage us to deepen our understanding of the meridian system, and were originally part of a proposed book of the title Meditation on the Meridians.
Articles on Technique (Hands-on Hara Diagnosis). These articles illustrate the techniques I use in a practical manner. The Technical style was originally based on my work with Kiiko Matsumoto. Since the writing/publication of these articles Kiiko had published two books explaining the style in detail. These books would be appreciated by anyone interested in this style and can be purchased at www.kiikomatsumoto.com, or by calling 617-630-9738. The articles below offer a bit of history of my understanding and the way the technique was used in the 90’s.
My teaching materials. These are handouts for classes I teach. Hara Diagnosis (Hara Class) is the primary handout accompanied by the Body Template.
Various musings. These are non-technical articles expounding on my teachers as well as my ideas and ideals on practicing medicine.