By Stephen Birch
Many thanks to Stephen Birch and The Journal of Chinese Medicine. This article, first published in The Journal of Chinese Medicine, issue 83 February 2007, is reprinted by kind permission of the publishers (www.jcm.co.uk).
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Stephen Birch has a BA in philosophy (1978). He started studying acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston in the US in 1980. His initial teachers were Tin Yau So, Ted Kaptchuk and Kiiko Matsumoto. Since graduation in 1982, he has practiced Japanese acupuncture exclusively, including specialty pediatric treatment methods called ‘shonishin’. With the exception of the time where he was away studying, he has practiced acupuncture continuously since 1982. Stephen is an internationally known instructor in Japanese style acupuncture methods, including the advanced methods of Toyohari - East Asian Needle Therapy, lecturing around Europe (Holland, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Austria). He is also Associate Professor at the Oslo University College of Acupuncture and has been involved in acupuncture research since the late 1980s with a PhD on acupuncture research (1998).
He is co-author of seven books about acupuncture, five dedicated to the practice of Japanese acupuncture, including Five Elements and Ten Stems, Extraordinary Vessels, Hara Diagnosis Reflections on the Sea, Chasing the Dragon’s Tail, Japanese Acupuncture, Understanding Acupuncture, and Acupuncture Efficacy.
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