My entire approach to TCM is based on Dr. Wang Ju-yi's method called Applied Channel Theory. I first met my teacher in 2005 as a patient. During that time I was interested in learning more about Chinese medicine. A friend of mine was studying with Dr. Wang, and she recommended that I first try getting some acupuncture treatments. I still remember the first treatment I had with him at his old clinic near the Military Museum in Beijing. Dr. Wang always carried himself with a friendly and calm demeanour. I immediately felt comfortable in his presence and knew that I was in good hands. Over a period of a few months I went for weekly treatments, and also to listen to Dr. Wang lecture to his students. Inspired by Dr. Wang, I was determined to study Chinese medicine.
While I was studying at the Beijing University of Chinese medicine, I began an apprenticeship with Dr. Wang. At first, I didn't know how special he was. I initially presumed that all Chinese medical practitioners treated patients in a similar way. Over time, I began to understand that Dr. Wang's approach was unique and also essential to achieving a more accurate diagnosis and better clinical results. As a result, I became passionate about learning Dr. Wang's method in depth, which involved a nine year apprenticeship until his passing in August 2017.
Applied Channel Theory (经络医学) is an approach to acupuncture rooted in classical TCM texts and modern clinical application. Developed by Dr. Wang over 50 years in Beijing clinics, hospitals and research institutes, it combines theory and diagnostic technique. More precisely, Applied Channel Theory requires the examination of acupuncture channels, which involves the physical palpation of the channel spaces in the body, particularly in the arms and legs.
Wang Ju-yi (1937-2017) was a graduate of the first class from the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1962. Former posts held by Dr. Wang included: Chief physician of the Acupuncture Department at the Beijing Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Director of the Xuanwu Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Director of the Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and Editor-in-chief of the journal Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
He was the founder of the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center in Beijing. In 2012, Dr. Wang was recognized by the Chinese government in the establishment of the “Wang Ju-yi Famous Doctor Research Center”. In 2017, he was given the high honor of being designated a ‘National Grandmaster’ by the Beijing Administration of Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Wang's book, Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine has become one of the most popular texts on acupuncture studies worldwide. The text has been translated into German, French and Italian. In recent years, Dr. Wang published two books in Chinese, which I contributed to: An Introduction to Applied Channel Theory (《经络医学概论》2016) and Wang Ju-yi‘s Case Studies in Applied Channel Theory (《王居易针灸医案讲习录》2014). Since their publication, it has led to a resurgence in interest in Dr. Wang‘s teachings in China.
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