Basic Theory of Ancient Greek Medicine and Greek Acupuncture

Basic Theory of Ancient Greek Medicine and Greek Acupuncture
Basic Theory of Ancient Greek Medicine and Greek Acupuncture
13 April 2018
12:30 - 6:00 PM


Where does Greek Acupuncture come from?

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-370 BC) is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He’s referred to as the father of Western medicine in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine.

It is less known, that Hippocrates in his work On the Nature of Man, has described a network he called phlebes or veins - probably because he performed phlebotomy (bloodletting) on it - that bears no relation to the bodies vasculature. In fact, Hippocrates was describing a network of energetic channels (meridians), which resemble the Chinese meridians rather than the blood vessels of modern western anatomy.

In recent years, Hippocratic medicine, or Ancient Greek Medicine, has fallen into a state of obsolescence, since, with its technological superiority, modern Western medicine led us to believe that we now know much more about human nature than our ancestors. This created a Western doctor that is nowhere near the person, with the therapeutic capabilities a health practitioner should have, in the way Hippocrates thought of it.

He believed that a therapist should have a clear and deep knowledge of human nature, and that the basis for therapy is the moral competence of the therapist, who should cultivate his own virtue for the benefit of his patients. At a spiritual level, ‘virtue’ is self-knowledge, prayer, and the pursuit of moderation and truth. At an emotional level, ‘virtue’ is the cultivation of love and compassion. At the level of desire, ‘virtue’ is temperance before pleasures and delights. When pursuing and cultivating ‘virtue’ at all levels of the human soul, the therapist enters a state of self-improvement while offering positive energy to his patients.

The best of two great traditional worlds

To restore these valuable therapeutic principles, to disseminate Traditional Chinese Medicine in Greece, and also to demonstrate the similarities between these two medical systems, Greek Acupuncture was created in 2011 by combining the best of these two great medical traditions.

Its foundation is formed by Hippocrates’ moral principles (the art of therapy should be disseminated to all; the therapist ought to be humble and only serving the patient) and on the four pairs of meridians he has mentioned in his On the Nature of Man that correspond to the four elements and four fluids. Interestingly, Aristotle repeats exactly the same passage in his History of Animals, which demonstrates its great importance.

Superimposing the phlebes Hippocrates had described on the pathways of the Chinese meridians, showed only some small differences. Placing Hippocrates’ phlebotomy areas on the Chinese meridians, showed great correspondence with the already known Chinese acupuncture points.

By doing so, 72 acupuncture points could be identified. These points reflect the 2 (Yin-Yang and Hippocrates’ theory of Fire and Water), 3 (trinity of human nature: marrow, blood, gut; the nature of the human soul, according to Plato: spirit, emotions, desire) and 4 (corresponding to the four elements and four liquids; and the number the amount of acupuncture points on each meridian can be divided into). In relations to TCM, they also reflect the 5 (the total number of TCM-acupuncture points; 5x72=360), 6 (the total number of Chinese Primary Meridians; 6x12=72). The 8 and 9 are also reflected: 8x9=72; 8=23 and 9=32.

What will the seminar be about?

The seminar consists of two parts.

The first part is the basic theory of Ancient Greek Medicine which includes the following topics:

• Fire and Water. (Yin-Yang in Chinese)

• The 4 elements. (fire, air, water, earth)

• Essence-Marrow.

• The trinity of human nature. (marrow-blood-gut)

• The human soul. (spirit, emotion, desire)

• Defensive energy. Illness. The factors causing disease.

The second part is Greek Acupuncture and includes the following topics:

• Introduction to Greek Acupuncture.

• The 4 meridians of Hippocrates.

• The 72 acupuncture points.

• The use of Greek Acupuncture in a number of diseases.

The handout consists of the book Greek Acupuncture – Meridians and Points according to Hippocrates from Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis (253 pages). The book is free for registrants of the course.

Kontakt der Kontinenten
Amersfoortsestraat 20
3769 AS Soesterberg

Tel: +31 346 351755
€ 195

incl. coffee/tea/lunch and the book Greek Acupuncture – Meridians and Points according to Hippocrates from Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis

Required knowledge

Basic TCM.

Target group

Acupuncturists, herbalists, tuina therapists, shiatsu therapists, last year TCM, students acupuncture, students herbalism, students tuina, students shiatsu.

Accredited by

Accreditation will be applied at NVA, NWP and Zhong.

Accreditation will be applied at Eufom and BAF if a student is a member of one of these organizations.

A member of the VNT can apply for an individual accreditation in the member section online.

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