Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Hamid Montakab

Workshop title

Extraordinary vessels, and head, eyes, ENT and sleep pathologies

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Workshop description

The extraordinary vessels are responsible for the coordination of the various life stages of the person, their psychospiritual evolution as well as in their physical conditions.

The head, as the residence of shen and the seat of nao (brain), is intimately connected to the extraordinary vessels, hence the important role of these vessels in the equilibrium of the ‘energetics’ of the head.

The head is also the seat of seven of the nine portals and the five sensory organs through which the individual communicates with the outer world. Therefore the extraordinary vessels play a crucial role in the sensory and mental functions, the equilibrium of the brain ‘sea of marrow’ and of sleep and wake cycles.

This lecture proposes the following discussions:

  • role of the extraordinary in the energetic equilibrium of the head
  • the sensory organs and the head portals
  • clinical applications in specific pathologies: headaches, eye and ENT diseases, sleep problems

Speaker biography

Hamid David Montakab MDaGemeinsam mit seiner Frau Solng graduated from the Medical School of Paris, did his residency in surgery and completed a three-year education in acupuncture and further clinical training in China, followed by two years in exploring the local healing in the Philippines and India. He practised for five years in America, obtaining the NCCA certification and a degree in Chinese herbalism. He founded the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts in Switzerland in 1986.

Hamid was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation to conduct a research study on acupuncture and insomnia. In 1995 he was the cofounder and president of the Swiss Professional Organization for TCM (SPO-TCM). Currently he practises in Savièse and lectures in Winterthur-Switzerland and in other European countries.


  • Effects of Acupuncture in the treatment of insomnia (Schweiz Med Wochenschr 1994; 124; Suppl. 62: 49-54)
  • Stresskrankheiten: co-author 2006 (Elsevier)
  • Acupuncture and Insomnia/Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine (Thieme, 2011)
  • Bridging the Gap/Acupuncture Point and Channel Energetics (Kiener, 2014)
  • Chinese Medicine Revisited/A Western View of Chinese Medicine (Homaya, 2015)
  • Acupuncture for Headaches, Eyes and ENT Pathologies (Singing Dragon, 2019)
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