We are both overseas members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) since last year having been full members of the organization for many years after relocating from the U.K. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK’s largest professional/ self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture.
Minju Seo BA(Hons), Lic.Ac., OMBAcC
I have grown up experiencing Traditional Acupuncture as based on Korean Medicine (KM) as a way of life since I was a baby and this is certainly also true for most Koreans. Because Traditional Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine, you will see an acupuncturist in the same way as you would see a family doctor here. It is common practice for people in Korea to visit KM doctors while using western medicine if necessary.
KM stems from the same ancient tradition as Chinese Medicine. But KM has developed without the constrictions posed by the Cultural Revolution in China, which consequently led to a distortion of the medical landscape of how Eastern physicians would look at the person in relation to body, mind and spirit as a whole. Emotional issues for example would not be acknowledged in the communist climate of the time. Because our ancient culture sees the inherent interconnectedness of all beings in nature and also the way we relate to our ancestors and our heritage has strongly influenced our view on ‘health’ and ‘healing’.
After being initially introduced to KM by my father from an early age as his family lineage has a long tradition of practicing acupuncture, I kept searching for my proper place in this (without knowing exactly what form that would take). I worked as a teacher in Korea and travelled to different continents for many years. Since settling in the UK, I acquired work experience in care homes, which then led to studying further in Adult Nursing Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. At this point, just as I was experiencing the hard realities of working in the NHS day in day out, the turning point came and I finally started to see what I wanted to do with my understanding of a more ancient wisdom of health and healing. A form of medicine that seeks to find the origin of the disease in contrast to the systematic practice of dispensing medications that can undermine our body’s innate ability for self-correction and healing.
It was then, at last, that I decided to embark on a journey as a professional acupuncturist through studying a BA (Hons) degree at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa where the approach in acupuncture is based on the “School of 5 Elements”, a system that has only in Korea been preserved in its purest form. This system forms the underlying principles of KM as I got to know them through my father. I am so proud of being part of such a traditional acupuncture heritage, that it has been continued by an acupuncture college in the UK, which has in turn produced so many renowned master acupuncturists worldwide for over four decades.
Rob Esser DrsPsych, Lic.Ac, OMBAcC, TFTalg
Having passed my doctoral exams in clinical psychology at the University of Amsterdam in 1978, I developed a strong interest in body/mind interaction. This resulted naturally in a passionate interest in forms of therapy that can avoid the use of drugs.
I qualified in traditional acupuncture in 1980 in the UK, 5-element style. I have been working as an acupuncturist in Canterbury since 1982 where I started the Canterbury Clinic of Traditional Acupuncture while studying further in this tradition and also teaching at the College in Royal Leamington Spa.
Continuing interest led me to study other approaches including the current style as it is practised in contemparory China, known as TCM, as well as an interesting traditional school of thought taught by Dr Richard Tehfu Tan. Since late 2011 I have become increasingly fascinated by Ear Acupuncture as developed by Dr Paul Nogier who is considered “the father of ear acupuncture” by the Chinese. In this I have found at last a safe method to explore the joys that this more Western technique can bring.
Having received my first training certificates in Scenar Technology at the STC (U.K.) in 2003, I studied further with Prof. Alexandre Revenko, Prof. Alexandre Karasev and with Dr Irene Kossovskaia on who’s invitation I lectured on the use of the latest Scenar and CosmodicTechnologies in the US. I was further invited to lecture in Switzerland, Ireland and the UK on the integration of Scenar Technology with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.
While Dr Revenko has initially developed brilliant protocols for the use of the original scenar devices, the inventor Dr Karasev has taken the development much further and his latest devices, going under the name of Cosmodic, are becoming ever more sophisticated and effective.
Being forever acutely interested in new developments in medicine that do not require the use of drugs and that do stimulate our inherent natural healing capacities, I incorporate the use of LLLt and the Russian Treatment Blanket (TMB-01) in my treatment sessions when this seem appropriate.