ATOM Students visit Shaolin Temple for Chinese Medicine Program
Last Summer, seven students from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine went on a 3 week educational trip to visit the world famous Shaolin Temple in Henan, China.
The 1,500 year old temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is considered to be the birthplace of Wu Shu and Chinese Martial Arts.
In addition to their Kung Fu, Shaolin Temple has centuries old herbal formulas that have been kept secret and are still being produced and sold under the label of Shaolin Medicine. Traditionally, the medical center was only open to the monks. In recent times, they have opened it up to treatments for visitors from around the world. People have traveled far and wide to try their ancient medicine. They’ve even had dignitaries like Vladimir Putin as one of their more well known patients.
This was the first ever group medical trip to be allowed in to learn Shaolin Medicine.
Typically, they only offer treatments at the medical center and short lectures to visitors. English is not spoken in the area and it’s very difficult to find a decent translator with experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine Terminology.
The students from the group stayed at a Kung Fu academy inside the Shaolin Temple National Park grounds, which is only 5 minute walking distance from the original temple. Their daily routine consisted of waking up for meditation at 5:30am, Qi Gong and Tai Chi practice from 6am-7am, Breakfast at 7am, Morning Kung Fu Training from 8am-11am, Lunch at 12pm, Chinese Medicine class from 2pm-4pm, Afternoon Kung Fu Training from 4pm-7pm and dinner at 7pm. On the weekends, students had free time for hiking the sacred Songshan Mountain, visiting Dengfeng for shopping and Tuina treatments and sight seeing at other well known UNESCO sites such as the Longmen Grottoes and the White Horse Temple near Louyang.
The Shaolin Medicine classes were taught by Monks and Doctors from the temple and covered subjects such as; Medical Qi Gong, Tuina Massage, Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxa, Guasha, Feng Shui for Longevity and the relationship between Martial Arts and Medicine.
At the end of the trip, the students presented their instructors with certificates from ATOM in appreciation for their teachings and for their dedication to the Shaolin Medicine Program.
The trip was organized by ATOM student Jonathan M. Fields of Integrative Medicine US and Martial Arts Instructor at Lost Legacy Mma. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Fields will be organizing another trip to Shaolin Temple to continue studying in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, QiGong and Shaolin Medicine. Any students or graduates interested in going, please contact him at: 954.531.8146 or jfields136 (at) hotmail (dot) com