ABOUT YOUR PRACTITIONER
I have spent the last 20 years practicing, teaching, and studying Eastern medicine along side my mentor, Dr. Cj Chen. Dr. Chen closely studied the Su Wen in China with a well respected and famous doctor, Dr. Chenji Yao (Director of Medicine Diplomate in Traditional Chinese Medicine), known for his family’s seven generations of expertise in this classical text . This classical text holds the keys to successful treatments and much of its teaching was lost, destroyed, and discouraged during China’s cultural revolution. Still today, the cultural revolution has influenced the practice of traditional Eastern medicine. Eastern medicine, both in the States and in China, is watered down as a result.
Dr. Chen studied the Su Wen from a hand written copy his teacher made and had him copy by hand. Many practitioners hand wrote copies of the Su Wen to preserve it during the revolution. We are fortunate in the mid-west to have a teacher with this background teaching in the states.
It was not until 2011 when a fully annotated version of the Su Wen was translated into English by a German medical historian, Paul Unschuld. Prior to this Dr. Chen would teach his students the Su Wen from a version in Chinese that he translated into English.
Over the last several years, I have dedicated time and research alongside Dr. Chen in studying the art of Eastern medicine through the rich text of the Su Wen and Dr. Chen’s extensive knowledge. I believe this study has made me a better acupuncturist and I look forward to sharing that knowledge with you, as my patient. In addition to studying with Dr. Chen, I have also taken courses with several other masters of Eastern medicine and meditation including the Dalai Lama, Geshe Sopa, Khyentse Rinpoche, Ragani, Master Gyi, Dr. Tan, Niikura Sensei, and Sifu Tom Smith.
I have also had the incredible opportunity to help other healthcare professionals better understand the Eastern medical approach to wellness through instructing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Baker College, and Lansing Community College.
When the ancients spoke of Su Wen, they spoke of QUESTIONS raised by the Yellow Emperor. I love questions and I enjoy educating my patients on the creative and logical healing methods within Eastern medicine. It is equally important to experience the benefits of Eastern medicine, while also understanding the theory.