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This course is designed to bridge the divide between modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine by bringing to light popular misconceptions around the foundational concepts of qi and the acupuncture channels. The teachings of the Huang Di Neijing and of physics and biophysics in the West are brought together to create a language around acupuncture practice that patients can easily relate to and that deeply honours the origins of Chinese medicine theory. Several lines of scientific inquiry on the acupuncture channels are covered and evidence for the neurovascular theory of the channels is proposed. The final part of the course delves into the exact mechanisms of acupuncture by looking at how the brain interprets signals coming from the nervous system. Focus will be given to a small number of papers to illustrate mechanisms clearly. Students will learn to describe three ways acupuncture exerts its effects on the body that they can use to win the trust of all potential clients.

Goals & Objectives

1. Understand where acupuncture theory and practice can align with modern science and biomedicine
2. Understand where familiar western ideas have been projected onto unfamiliar Chinese medicine concepts
3. Understand the Chinese concept of qi in greater clarity so that it can be used to greater effect in gaining the trust of clients and potential clients
4. Discover the relationship of the acupuncture channels to the neurovasculature
5. Learn how to describe 3 ways that acupuncture works in the body that will win clients trust

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Clare Foley is a biophysicist and a licenced naturopathic acupuncturist. She advises on healthcare that integrates the best of all evidence-based techniques.

She trained as an acupuncturist and naturopath with the College for Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin for four years. After spending a month in Beijing doing intensive training in acupuncture with the Beijing University for Traditional Chinese Medicine, she was so impressed with the medical system, which fully integrated TCM with conventional medical care, that she decided to return for a longer period. She spent a further six months in China training at the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. She learned to speak Mandarin Chinese at an elementary level to communicate with doctors and patients and received one-on-one training from expert doctors using acupuncture in a wide range of hospital departments.

While running a practice in Ireland, she was plagued with idea that the exact mechanisms of acupuncture were unknown although the effects were clear in her patients. Realising that biological research was somewhat unequipped to address the true mechanisms of acupuncture, she went on to study biophysics. She received her undergraduate science degree in Experimental Physics and Biology from Maynooth University, Ireland in 2015. She followed that with a two-year Masters in Biophysics at the KU Leuven in Belgium, 2018. Doing fundamental research on single neurons in live animals gave her insight into global brain dynamics, the cutting-edge of neuroscience research today. She has developed an understanding of the mechanisms of acupuncture to a depth that is rare in the field. She continues to develop and publish her theories to date

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