Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Rebecca Avern

Workshop title

Family dynamics and children’s ill health

Workshop times


Workshop description

The great physician Sun Simiao expressed over and again how fragile young children are.  For many children the family in which they grow up has a bigger impact on their emotional and physical health than any other single factor. 

Up until now, paediatric acupuncture has been predominantly concerned with the treatment of acute illnesses, and chronic illnesses caused by constitutional imbalances, external pathogenic factors and diet. Yet the pathology of so many of the children we see, arises from the internal causes of disease described in Su Wen Chapter 39 and is intimately related to their family dynamics.

In this talk, Rebecca will explore the following:

  • how a child’s emotions and physical body are intimately linked
  • how the state of a child’s qi influences the role he or she plays in the family
  • the interplay of the qi of all family members
  • the shifts that may take place in the family dynamics when the child is treated
  • how to work with an awareness of family dynamics in the treatment room

Speaker biography

Rebecca is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which emphasises the internal causes of disease in children and treating the child as well as the illness.  

She gained a licence in acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) 18 years ago. She worked with Giovanni Maciocia for four years on the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. She has since trained with and learned from several experts in paediatric acupuncture, most notably Julian Scott. She founded and runs a busy paediatric clinic in Oxford. 

Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at CICM. She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and postgraduate level there, and at the Traditional Acupuncture Academy (TAA).

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