Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

John Hicks

Workshop title

Coming to your senses: developing your sensory acuity

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Workshop description

The earliest acupuncture practitioners of necessity relied more on their senses – their ability to see, to smell, to touch and to listen. Their well-developed sensory acuity helped them create treatments which truly addressed the uniqueness of each patient. 

In this seminar, we will use a new developmental way of increasing your sensory acuity where one exercise/sensing builds on another and the final result will result in productive sensory habits. These involve a process:

  • deliberately sensing, for examplee colour or temperature or odour
  • comparing your descriptions with that of others
  • ranking your perceptions so as clarify which are ‘clinically significant’ v ‘normal’
  • learning to sense several factors quickly in sequence.

Developed sensory acuity enables us to address a patient’s uniqueness and design more precise treatments.  

Speaker biography

John has been practising acupuncture since 1975. He is co-founder and president of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading, Berkshire. He has lectured internationally on many aspects of acupuncture theory and practice. He is a qualified Chinese herbalist, NLP trainer and regularly practises tai chi and qigong. He has a special interest in acupuncture perceptual skills. He is co-author of the textbook Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture (Elsevier 2010) and Healing your Emotions (Thorsons, 1999) and author of The Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine (Singing Dragon, 2013).

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