Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Sam Patel

Workshop title

Stems and Branches – Cycles of Life

Workshop times

Saturday 11.30 - 1300

Workshop description

This session will explore the system of stems and branches, which is a theory about cycles, transformations and interactions of Qi that affect a person both internally and externally.

We (humanity) are born into the world and affected by the cycles and rhythms of life. In practice, Stems and Branches acupuncture is a style that allows you to work consciously with these factors for the benefit of your patient’s health and development. Most commonly, it is used to help understand each patient’s constitutional strengths and weaknesses and why disease occurs in that individual. It helps to develop a treatment plan addressing the root cause of the patient’s problem with acupuncture. This knowledge enables an acupuncturist to look at life in general, and at a patient in particular, to a much deeper level, helping to choose more accurately and appropriately acupuncture points for the individual.

Speaker biography

Sam Patel is joint principal and director of clinic at ICOM.  He graduated in 1998 and has since been involved in the college in a variety of roles: as director of studies, senior lecturer, clinic course leader and, from 2013, joint principal.  As well as developing and refining Chinese medicine and clinical streams of the undergraduate degree, Sam leads the college CPD programme, and is responsible for the onsite community clinic.

For over 20 years he has had a busy private practice in Surrey; he uses a variety of approaches in his treatments but has particular interest, experience and expertise in the area of stems and branches and classical acupuncture.  He holds the title of vice president of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) and has more recently been appointed director to the newly inaugurated (French-based) Research Centre for the Western contributions to classical Chinese Medicine.

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