In the Summer season of 2017, three DAOM Doctoral Students from Atom traveled to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kung Fu in China.
They returned to Shaolin Temple and visited the medical clinic where they studied last year. In the small town of Dengfeng, they went to a well known clinic and got lessons and treatments from local experts in Cupping, Tuina and Moxibustion. After, they spent one month studying Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Plum Flower and Shaolin Kung Fu in Yunnan Province among the spectacular Honghe rice terraces. They visited medical hot springs, tasted local herbs, fruits and medicinal meals. They took weekend trips to see some of China’s most remote ethnic minorities, were entertained by their music and enjoyed ancient villages and one of the biggest cave systems on earth.
After, they spent a week at a Kung Fu convention organized by the government run Chinese Wu Shu Association and trained with the number one Meihua Quan (Plum Flower Boxing) Grandmaster in the country, Han Jian Zhong. They learned the medical Meihuazhuang Qi Gong system and other traditional forms.
The Medical Qi Gong retreat was organized by DAOM student and Atom Grad, Jonathan M. Fields of Integrative Medicine US, who teaches Chinese Martial Arts locally and founded the program last year.
DAOM student, Ilyas Hamid, arranged a week long internship at the Beijing Gu Lou Hospital. The Hospital is renown for being the first Chinese Traditional Medicine Hospital in Beijing and was started by descendants of the imperial doctors. At the hospital, they studied Pediatrics, Tuina, Herbs, Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Cupping, Dermatology and more.
After the Hospital, the students went to train with the son of the famous Dr. He, who rediscovered Fire Needling. The technique is being used in clinics all over China with great outcomes of success.
They also went to visit the campus and affiliated hospitals of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, which has over 5,000 students in the Downtown campus. The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine has recently made an agreement with BUCM to cooperate on a PhD program for its DAOM students. In the evening, the Doctors observed at the private clinic of Dr. Zhao Bai Xiao, the president of the Acupuncture and Moxa Department at the University.
For future retreats and studies abroad, contact Integrative Medicine US or ask at ATOM for more info about the Hospital and PhD program.