Understanding the Science and Practice of Chinese Medicine

Saturday, 11/04 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

In this lecture, Dr. Keown will discuss how to understand Chinese medicine on a practical scientific level. Dr Keown’s revolutionary understanding of Chinese medicine allows us to describe these processes in a way that is not only compatible with the scientific view of the body but also elevates Chinese medicine above Western medicine. In this workshop the aim is to give you the tools to start to understand what you are doing at a more practical level: know what the substances and pathogens are; understand what the Six Levels of Shang Han Lun represent; and, finally, be able to palpate these changes on channels and use them to guide treatment. Theory is meaningless without practical results!

Daniel Keown

Daniel first became interested in acupuncture in his teens, when his octogenarian grandmother would return from her trips to China and tell him of the great tradition of Chinese medicine. He then made it his life’s work to get acupuncture and Chinese medicine fully integrated within the Western medical system. To this aim he completed not only a degree in Western medicine, in 1998, but also Chinese medicine in 2008. Realizing that there were still major aspects of Chinese medicine that were poorly understood (or maybe taught), he continued to study. In 2011, he travelled to China to learn under Dr. Wang Ju-Yi in Beijing. It was here that he realized that the key to understanding acupuncture lay in the embryology and awareness of space within the body. In 2014, he published his best-selling book The Spark in the Machine, which shows how Western science validates Chinese medicine. The understanding of the fundamental scientific nature of Chinese medicine, qi, and channels continues to guide, illuminate, and instruct Daniel’s work and practice. When not working, he lives with his wife and two children in Tunbridge Wells in the UK, tending his allotment and dreaming of surfing the perfect wave.