The Antidepressants Controversy

The Antidepressant Controversy The widespread use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) as the first-line treatment for depression is clearly not justified by the research; clinical effectiveness is questionable and potentially do not out-weigh the side effects.   Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the antidepressants recommended as the first-line treatment for the majority of […]

What are the Acupuncture Meridians?

Nick discusses the scientific evidence for the meridians and channels in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and explores the correlations with Western anatomical structures and systems. This lecture was given at the ‘2018 World TCM Acupuncture-Moxibustion Health Conference’ at Cambridge University, Jesus College.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

How does Acupuncture work? This is a question that is often not answered very well. In this article I will briefly discuss the Modern Western Science and Traditional Eastern Philosophy behind the practice of Acupuncture. The use of Acupuncture dates back more than 2000 years and has historically been used to treat a wide range […]

The Daoist Influence on Chinese Medicine

The theories of Daoism remain to this day the underlying theories of diagnosis and treatment in Chinese Medicine. In this article I will briefly introduce and examine the theories of the San Bao (3 treasures), Yin and Yang and the theory of the Wu Xing (5 elements). The natural and holistic elements of Chinese medicine […]

History of Chinese Medicine

The History of Chinese medicine was intimately connected with the Daoist and Buddhist traditions of China. Chinese Medicine originated from the ancient shamanic practices of ancient China and continued to develop in respect for those principles. The practices of the Wu Yi (shaman doctors) involved highly esoteric arts such as exorcism, healing, dream interpretation and spirit […]

An Introduction to Chinese Medicine

‘In the past people practised the Dao, the way of life… They ate a balanced diet at regular times, arose and retired at regular hours, avoided over stressing their bodies and minds and refrained from over indulgence of all kinds… Because they lived simply these individuals knew contentment.’ These days, people have changed their way […]