Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Ricardo Teixiera

Workshop title

Touching sexuality through the meridians: a TCM perspective to sexuality

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Workshop description

Sexuality is an integral part of being human, a complex mix of mental, emotional, and physical signals. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as: ‘The integration of the somatic, emotional, intellectual and social aspects of sexual being in ways that are positively enriching and that enhance personality, communication, and love’. With affection and sexual intimacy contributing so greatly to healthy relationships and impacting our overall wellbeing, WHO continues by saying that ‘every person has a right to receive sexual information and to consider sexual relationships for pleasure as well as for procreation’.

The main premise of sexuality in traditional Chinese medicine is the preservation of life and longevity and is therefore understandably considered of significant importance. Furthermore, classic texts such as The Art of the Bedroom/Fang Zhong Shu view sexuality as an energetic bond, considering it a spiritual experience beyond the physical act and including a variety of practices to preserve and grow one’s sexuality.

Along with the positive aspects of human sexuality we also encounter illnesses at times that can lead to a sexuality that feels compromised. Both women and men report encountering sexual difficulties, commonly including low libido, lack of pleasure, premature climax, difficulty in becoming aroused or erect and/or inability to reach orgasm to name a few.

Fortunately, both ancient and modern medicines have considered sexual health of great importance and explored a variety of treatments to address these issues.

This workshop will focus on acupuncture meridians and their role on sexuality. We will consider the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine on sexuality, combining it with the knowledge of modern medicine to help us identify and connect to our personal understanding of sexuality and application in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.

Speaker biography

Ricardo is a licensed acupuncturist, with the number one licence in traditional Chinese medicine in Portugal. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the ETCMA (European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association). He is also a certified trainer in the field of traditional Chinese medicine.

Ricardo started TCM training in the APA-DA in 2003, interned in Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009, and took another internship in 2017 in México with Dr Roberto González. He has undertaken postgraduate courses at the Instituto Van Nghi in Portugal.

Ricardo has been invited to speak at several conferences across Europe. He is a founder member of the World Acupuncture Day Organisation (WADO) and was part of the organising committee for World Acupuncture Day at the UNESCO Building in Paris. He is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in clinical physiology. 

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