On Timelines, Preventon and Wu Wei Medicine
Since its inception Chinese medicine has taken a different approach to prevention to that of modern biomedicine, it has focussed on strategies matched to individuals that takes into account the person’s past and includes predictions about their future health status. Skilled Chinese medicine practitioners see things in terms of a timeline and so, in this session, we look at the origins of these timeline ideas in the sages of the Warring States period, their relation to expert cognition and to the idea of wu wei – ‘not-doing’. We see some ways that this offers a key to disease prevention in skilled TCM practice.
About Mr. Charles Buck
Mr. Charles Buck is a veteran UK TCM clinician, educator and author known internationally for his insightful understanding of this medicine and his lucid, engaging style. With four decades in the field Charlie’s diverse interests have included classical Chinese medicine, medical sciences, and communications and he developed specialist understanding of dermatology, fertility and oncology.
With a background in physiology Charlie studied at ICOM UK from 1981 and went on to pioneer CHM teaching and practice in the UK, notably teaching in senior roles for 20 years at the UK’s Northern College of Acupuncture. In 2000 he completed his MSc on research evaluating Chinese medicine’s explanatory diagnostic models. Charlie has published extensively and presented at numerous conferences and colleges across the world. Working for TCM advocacy for many years Charlie also served a term as chair of the British Acupuncture Council and his contributions have been recognised by Fellowships of all three main UK TCM registers. His textbook Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – Roots of Modern Practice (Singing Dragon Press) is an essential read.