Lorraine Wilcox has been a licensed acupuncturist in California since 1989. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Chinese Medicine from American University of Complementary Medicine and taught herself to read Chinese. She is also an assistant to Master Larry Sang of the American Feng Shui Institute and teaches in some of the acupuncture schools in the Los Angeles area. Lorraine is a prolific author and translator, her works including 'Moxibustion: The Power of Mugwort Fire' and translations of ' The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion', 'Miscellaneous Records of a Female Doctor' and most recently 'Categorized Essentials of Repairing the Body by Xue Ji', the topic of her conference lecture. Lorraine also acts as an administrator for the marvellous 'Scholars of Chinese Facebook Group' which is beloved and valued by many. She also posts photo diaries of her experiments following ancient prescriptions according to their classical instructions. One of her favorite activities is to find an herbal or moxibustion technique in an old Chinese book, and work out how to do it. There are so many interesting and effective treatments that are no longer used. She believes that if we can bring some of them back into the clinic, it benefits everyone.
Lecture Choice 2a
A Míng Dynasty Doctor’s Treatment of Trauma and it Applicability in the Modern Clinic
4-5:30pm, Saturday 12th November, Imperial College London (live streamed into the venue)
Xuē Jǐ was a sixteenth century imperial physician who also came from a family lineage. Treating trauma was one of his specialties. In this session, Lorraine Wilcox will introduce Xuē Jǐ’s theories on treating trauma, his favorite herbal techniques (including internal formulas and external application), and will review a few of his case histories. Information that is still usable today will be selected from Zhèng Tǐ Lèi Yào (Categorized Essentials of Repairing the Body). It is notable that in this book, there is no mention of the author himself setting a broken bone or reducing a dislocated joint. Patients came to him after seeing a bone-setter, much like our patients today. Besides using internal prescriptions (pills, powders, and decoctions), Xuē Jǐ gave at least nineteen formulas that are applied externally. We will discuss how to make and apply a few of the external remedies in this session.
This lecture will be a great blend of the historical and scholarly with the practical and clinical. It will also provide more depth and context to the other lectures on trauma this conference.