Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Nora Franglen

Workshop title

The challenges and rewards of introducing Chinese acupuncturists to the practice of five element acupuncture

Workshop times

Saturday 1000 - 1100

Workshop description

The real impetus to my accepting the BAC’s invitation is my strong belief that everybody involved in acupuncture, particularly those practising what I call modern Chinese acupuncture, commonly known as TCM, should be aware of how little of the spirit is involved in its practice, whereas how much of the spirit is there in the classics which all Chinese acupuncturists still learn as though by rote.  This leads to a kind of subtle schizophrenia in relation to their practice, where, my Chinese students tell me, no attention at all is paid to the spirit, despite it being so heavily emphasized in classical texts.

I feel the return of five element acupuncture to China is an important step towards bridging this unnecessary divide.  And it is regarded as such by all I encounter in China.  As one very senior regional official told me as I treated him, “We have lost our soul in China.  We need you here.”

Speaker biography

Nora Franglen trained as a five element acupuncturist under J R Worsley in the UK more than 30 years ago. She was the founder/principal of the School of Five Element Acupuncture in London from 1995 – 2007 and is the author of The Simple Guide to Acupuncture: the Five Elements, The Handbook of Five Element Practice, The Keepers of the Soul:  The Five Guardian Elements of Acupuncture, Patterns of Practice and On Being a Five Element Acupuncturist.  She also writes a very popular blog, 

She now dedicates her time to delivering seminars in various European countries, as well as twice-yearly visits to China, where she has trained many hundreds of Chinese acupuncturists.  All her books have been, or are in process of being, translated into Mandarin.

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