Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Tianjun Wang

Workshop title

The governor vessel: channel of the brain

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Workshop description

In basic TCM theory, the brain is just one of the extraordinary organs, with few descriptions and use in practice; there were very few studies on the physiology, pathology, pattern identification and its treatment. In the 1980s, there was significant progress and development of the theory and clinic research on the brain in China, particularly on acupuncture practice and research.

In this session, Tiajun Wang will:

  • review the history of the brain and governor vessel based on classic TCM texts
  • summarise the development of brain theory, brain practice and clinical research on brain conditions
  • argue that governor vessel (du mai) is the affiliated channel of the brain
  • give suggestions for how to use governor vessel points for brain related conditions, including dao-qi acupuncture technique

Speaker biography

Dr Tianjun Wang graduated from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NUCM) in 1989 and worked as a medical doctor and acupuncturist in a TCM Hospital, Nanjing, China for 18 years. He completed his PhD at NUCM, studying and researching acupuncture treatment for depression.

After moving to the UK in 2007, Dr Wang joined the University of East London as a senior lecturer and director of their acupuncture clinic until December 2014. He has been a visiting professor of Liaoning University of CM since 2009 and guest professor of Nanjing University of CM, China since 2017. He was acupuncture course director and senior lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) 2015-17, and is currently master’s and PhD course director and professor at the UK Centre of NUCM and Shulan College of Chinese Medicine UK.

Dr Wang is vice president of the scalp acupuncture committee of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) and the president of the British Institute of Scalp Acupuncture. He owns TJ Acupuncture Clinic and Brain Care Centre in London and has given a great number of conference talks and seminars, particularly on the subject of the brain.

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