Training Acupuncturists in Europe – Bringing Eastern and Western Medicine Together

I want to broach the sub­ject of my recent jour­ney to Europe. I presen­ted three work­shops – in Italy, the Czech Republic and in Portugal. The Czech Republic was prob­ably the most intriguing of the tree set­tings, primar­ily because my host, Dr. Jiri Bilek, was the Inaugural pres­id­ent of the Czech Republic Traditional Chinese Medicine Association and is also a very exper­i­enced obstet­ri­cian and gyn­ae­co­lo­gist, a fully qual­i­fied med­ic­al prac­ti­tion­er.

As well as being my host for the work­shop in Prague he was also my inter­pret­er and a col­league in the field of acu­punc­ture. What has really cap­tured me about Dr Bilek is his abil­ity to also util­ise the Western med­ic­al frame­work, which he is extremely exper­i­enced in – hav­ing delivered in excess of 700 babies. He has been able to bring this exper­i­ence to align it with Eastern medi­cine – he uses his Western med­ic­al strength but util­ises tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture as the primary mod­al­ity in help­ing many people to regain bet­ter health.

He spe­cial­ises par­tic­u­larly in the area of fer­til­ity acu­punc­ture because of his back­ground as an obstet­ri­cian and gyn­ae­co­lo­gist. He also works a lot with women look­ing to pre­pare for labour. I am inspired and it opened my mind to see Dr. Bilek in action and under­stand the pos­sible mar­riage between the two paradigms, between Eastern Medicine and Western medi­cine. The har­mo­ni­ous mar­riage between these two rel­at­ively dis­tinct and dif­fer­ent mod­al­it­ies into a very effect­ive treat­ment regime is won­der­ful to see.

As a lay acu­punc­tur­ist of 33 years’ exper­i­ence, it is indeed a pleas­ure and a priv­ilege to have an asso­ci­ation with and to teach Dr. Bilek many of the nuances of tra­di­tion­al style acu­punc­ture, espe­cially the Japanese style acu­punc­ture that I spe­cial­ise in. I would hope that as time goes by that the med­ic­al pro­fes­sion will whole­heartedly embrace the prac­tice of tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture as an ally to the prac­tice of Western Medicine (and I believe things are open­ing up in this dir­ec­tion).

For dif­fer­ent situ­ations both work bril­liantly. I’m obvi­ously extremely biased towards tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture. Having been in prac­tice for 33 years, I have seen some astound­ing things occur in rela­tion to the prac­tice of tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture.

That’s my story for this morn­ing – I had a won­der­ful time and amaz­ing exper­i­ence in Europe train­ing people in Japanese acu­punc­ture, many of whom were med­ic­al prac­ti­tion­ers. I worked with won­der­ful people and exper­i­enced great hos­pit­al­ity but cer­tainly the high­light for me was present­ing Japanese acu­punc­ture work­shops in these three dif­fer­ent coun­tries and the recep­tion I received was out­stand­ing.

So if you would like to try acu­punc­ture for your med­ic­al con­di­tion, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us at our Brisbane acu­punc­ture clin­ic or our acu­punc­ture clin­ic on the Gold Coast.