This book takes an historical journey exploring how the Chinese understanding of the causes of disease has developed from the classical idea of demonic influences to the contemporary understanding of the Causative Factor, the Constitutional Factor and the Guardian Element. It is not intended to be a manual of Chinese medicine, but more that it would serve as a source of inspiration of fellow practitioners and students.
Based of a lifetime’s study of the key texts, the author believes that by sharing this knowledge and insight we promote partnership with fellow professionals, we encourage growth in our students, we empower our patients and remind ourselves that personal or professional learning is for life.
Michael Baker’s interest in the Chinese arts began with a study of Leong-Fu style Kung Fu and T’ai Chi Ch’uan which took him on two hours of mainland China in 1978 and 1980. During those tours he met traditional herbalists and acupuncturists and became inspired by the Chinese holistic approach to health. On his return he studied at The College of Traditional Acupuncture, becoming a member of faculty at CTA in 2001. Four years ago he was invited to join the faculty of The Acupuncture Academy (TAA). He now divides his time between teaching at TAA and practicing acupuncture in a multidiscipline practice. He remains uplifted by the knowledge tat Five Element Acupuncture lives on.