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Previous health seminars




Health Qigong: the Principles of Health Qigong and how we can maintain health through its practise

On Sunday 22nd April 2012, the Institute of Chinese Medicine held another in our series of health seminars. This was given by Master Liming Yue. Master Yue originally began the study of Shaolin martial arts as a child in China in 1972. He achieved the level of 7th Duan Wei Master and was officially awarded this by the China National Wushu Association in 2004. He also holds the position of Head Judge of Chen Style Tai Chi and Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. Master Yue also teaches Tai Chi skills at the University of Leeds medical school, companies and schools, and was previously a part-time lecturer at the University of Salford. Recently, Master Yue has started to promote Chinese Health Qigong exercises and cooperation with the China Health Qigong Association worldwide.





Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition

The Institute of Chinese Medicine recently held another successful seminar on the subject of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition. Topics included how to maintain health through food from the perspectives of Traditional Chinese and Western medicine, and what types of food should be preferred or avoided with certain conditions. The speakers were Miss Kamay Kan, who discussed the nutrition from recent western scientific studies, and Dr Xiao Lan Deng, who discussed nutrition from the TCM tradition.  There was extensive participation from the entire group during the discussion and audience feedback was excellent.


Diabetes and High Blood Pressure from the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine

On 21st June 2011, the Institute of Chinese Medicine held a seminar which focused on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help people with diabetes and high blood pressure.

This began with an excellent talk by Dr. Ting-Ming Li which was well received by an audience that gave very positive feedback. There was extensive participation from the entire group during the discussion on the causes, prevention and treatment of these common world-wide conditions.





Health Qigong

On 25th July 2010, the Institute of Chinese Medicine held a seminar on Health Qigong.  Professor Cai Qin Zhang, who sits on the committee of the Chinese Health Qigong Association in China, demonstrated two forms of Health Qigong technique - Wu Qin Xi and Ba Duan Jin, as well as providing some guidance to beginners.  She explained the functions and theories of Health Qigong from both Traditional Chinese Medical and modern medical perspectives.  The audience feedback was excellent.


Click here to download Powerpoint slides from this presentation.



Insomnia and Traditional Chinese Medicine

On 24th November 2009, the Institute of Chinese Medicine held another free seminar.  Dr Fei Wang spoke on the topic of "Insomnia and Traditional Chinese Medicine".  A number of questions from the audience were answered regarding the relationship between insomnia and stress, diet and overwork.

Slides from the presentation are available below in Powerpoint format:

Insomnia and Traditional Chinese Medicine.ppt

Nutrition and Health

On Friday 21st August 2009, the Institute of Chinese Medicine held a free health seminar on the topic of "Nutrition and Health" from the perspectives of both conventional and Traditional Chinese medicine.  The speakers were Miss Kamay Kan, who discussed the impact of diet on health using examples from recent scientific studies, and Dr Helen Han Li, who discussed nutrition and health from the TCM tradition.

Slides from both presentations are available below in Powerpoint format:

Nutrition and Health in Conventional Medicine.ppt

Traditional Chinese Health Preservation.ppt

The principles and practice of Tai Ji

On the 20th April 2009, Master S.X. Zhang led a seminar on Tai Ji.  This examined the principles and practice of the discipline.  The following is a summary of that seminar.

Tai Ji is an exercise that combines breath, motion and concentration, benefitting organ function.   One of the most important factors in Tai Ji is the combination of concentration and Qi (energy flow) with exercises such as holding your knee level, pushing your palm and so on.  Qi is felt during the practice of Tai Ji because the body produces energy which is transmitted through the nervous system after stimulation both internally and externally.

The practice of breathing can regulate the nervous system, massage the internal organs, smooth the circulation of Qi and Blood, and enhance the metabolism.  To achieve the combination of concentration, breath and motion while practising Tai Ji, the whole body must be relaxed.  Standing at attention, the mouth is closed, and while breathing slowly, concentration is used to guide the breath, allowing the stomach and internal organs to feel the Qi and stimulation. 

During the practise of Tai Ji, practitioners usually have the feeling of heat in the lower abdomen, often described as "Qi Chen Dan Tian".  This has similarities to Qi Gong as the abdominal breathing technique used in Tai Ji, known as "Qi practice", is shared.  However, Qi Gong is a more meditative discipline that is practised in silence, allowing improved blood circulation and health.  Tai Ji is more active, using Qi to enhance physical actions, and therefore not only promoting health but also allowing translation into the defensive techniques of Kung Fu.



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

On the 27th October 2008, The Institute of Chinese Medicine held a seminar on the subject of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This seminar looked at the theories behind the causes of this condition and the approaches to treatment by conventional and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The two speakers were Dr Shen Huijun and Dr Christopher Chiu.  Dr Shen is the president of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He graduated from the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and obtained his MSc from the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He currently teaches at the University of Lincoln, having published widely on the anti-inflammatory effect of Chinese herbs.  Dr Chiu is a Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases in west London.  He has first degrees from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and obtained a PhD in immunology from Imperial College London.

Slides from both presentations are available below in Powerpoint format:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Conventional Medicine.ppt

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Traditional Chinese Medicine.ppt











On the 12th February 2008, the Institute of Chinese Medicine successfully held a seminar on the subject of Infertility.  This seminar looked at infertility from both the conventional and Chinese medicine perspectives.

We invited two speakers to this seminar: Emeritus Professor J G Grudzinskas, and Dr Liang Ji.  Professor Grudzinskas was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry from 1983 to 2003.  He is currently working at the London Bridge Fertility, Gynecology and Genetics Centre, which he set up in 1986.  Dr Ji is a Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist.  She trained both in China and the UK. She now practises in London and Watford.  Our audiences found it very useful to discuss infertility from both perspectives.


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