Acupuncture (Chinese: zhen jiu –Acupuncture & Moxibustion) in an ancient healing procedure involving the insertion of thin acupuncture needles into more than 360 specific locations of the body, called acupuncture points. These Acupuncture points are located on so called Acupuncture “meridians” or ”channels”, the pathways the life energy “Qi” is taking in the body. These meridians – except of the “extraordinary” meridians – are each assigned to one of the internal organs.
In China – the region of origin – Acupuncture has been practiced and taught for more than 2500 years and has developed to a subtle art of harmonizing, supporting and guiding the “Qi”.
Moxibustion or Moxa is commonly combined with Acupuncture. (The Chinese term zhen jiu means in fact Acupuncture and Moxibustion). Moxibustion is the burning of Moxa herb (Artemia sinensis; dried and ground mugwort leaves) to warm the acupuncture points.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (Zhong Cao Yao) is as old as Acupuncture and based on the same principles. It has since the Ming Dynasty (1366-1644; the ben cao gang mu of Li Zhi Shen was a mile stone) developed into a highly differentiated system, combining more than 520 commonly used natural substances (among a fund of more than 5000) to traditional formulas and recipes to fit the condition of every individual patient.
I use Herbal Formulas to broaden the range and efficiency of Acupuncture therapy. It provides the option to cure stubborn conditions or conditions with a systematic and chronic progress.
The combination of Acupuncture and Herbal medicine could – for example be applied for long-standing gynecological conditions like Endometriosis or infertility.
Ba Guan (Fire cupping) involves applying sucking cup cups from bamboo or glass to the skin; the necessary vacuum is established by burning cotton balls, which were soaked in alcohol.
Gua Sha (Scraping) means the scraping of the skin with a flat and smooth piece of horn from the water buffalo.
Ba Guan & Gua Sha are useful methods to expel cold and other ”pathogens” from the skin and muscles and are used to treat several skin conditions and muscle pain. They invigorate blood circulation in the skin and muscles and relax the fascia.
Massage is accompanying every one of my Acupuncture sessions. I apply technics borrowed from Chinese Tuina and Japanese bodywork (Shiatsu) that I studied with Wataru Ohashi.
Taichi & Qi Gong
Allan Guilpain studied Qi Gong with Sonsanim Ko, Myong who was also his trainer for Shin Son Hap Ki Do from 1990-1997.
He started learning Taijiquan with Hu Ming Yue in Nanjing, China during his education in Chinese Medicien at the Nanjing/Jiangsu University of Chinese Medicine NJUCM.
Hu Ming Yue himself was a student of the great Xu Gong Wei from Ningbo.
After learning the Old Yang style 105 movement routine he received further training from Chen, Xiao Xing (20. Generation Chen family).
He practices 103 movements Old Yang Style and Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Routine Chen Style).