Why Bai Hu?

Bai Hu is Chinese for White Tiger which is regarded by many East Asian countries as the divine spirit that guards the West. In Korea people consider the white tiger as a sacred creature in local folklore & as such, in history and culture, a tiger is regarded as a guardian that drives away evil spirits and a sacred creature that brings good luck, the symbol of courage and maturity in life struggles.

Charlie trained at the world renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, England where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture & a licientate to practice acupuncture. This training involved in depth study of anatomy, western conventional medical science, traditional Chinese diagnosis methods, traditional Chinese medicine theory, Worsley 5 Element Theory, body & ear acupuncture, fire cupping therapy, gua sha therapy, moxabustion therapy & medical Qigong.

Charlie was also introduced to Korean Traditional Medicine theory during his training in Korean Hand Therapy under the internationally respected teacher Jong Baik. This included classic Wu Xing & Saam acupuncture & the theories from this classic approach to diagnosing & treating using acupuncture & moxabustion therapy are now the core from which all Charlie's treatments are based.

Charlie has continued his studies by completing a post graduate diploma in Tui Na Chinese Massage, NADA auricular detox therapy & Japanese Moxabustion therapy along with continuing his research into Classical Chinese medicine with the study of such classics as; The Huang Di Nei Jing, Su Wen, Ling Shu, The NanJing, The Shan Hang Lun & the teachings of Dr Jeffery C Yuen which he was introduced to while studying Tui Na.

As a Military Veterans Mentor for the NHS in Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire, Charlie has a great understanding of emotional & psychological health conditions & the effect they can have on our health & wellbeing. He continues to work advising the NHS Psychological Services Department on the needs of military veterans, emergency services personnel & patients with mental health conditions.

The Mirror of Eastern Medicine

The Dongui Bogam (동의보감) is a Korean book compiled by the royal physician, Heo Jun (1539 - 1615) and was first published in 1613 during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. The title literally means "Mirror of Eastern Medicine". The book is regarded important in traditional Korean medicine and one of the classics of Oriental medicine today.

As of July 2009, it is on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme. The original edition of Dongui Bogam is currently preserved by the Korean National Library

Work on the Dongui Bogam started in the 29th year of King Seonjo's reign (1596) by the main physicians of Naeuiwon (내의원, "royal clinic"), with the objective to create a thorough compilation of traditional medicine. Main physician Heo Jun led the project but work was interrupted due to the second Japanese invasion of Korea in 1597. King Seonjo did not see the project come to fruition, but Heo Jun steadfastedly stuck to the project and finally completed the work in 1610, the 2nd year of King Gwanghaegun's reign.

Known as one of the classics in the history of Eastern medicine, it was published and used in many countries including China and Japan, and remains a key reference work for the study of Eastern medicine. Its categorization and ordering of symptoms and remedies under the different human organs affected, rather than the disease itself, was a revolutionary development at that time. It contains insights that in some cases did not enter the medical knowledge of Europe until the twentieth century.

The book is divided into 5 chapters: Naegyeongpyeon (내경편, Internal Medicine), Oehyeongpyeon (외형편, External Medicine), Japbyeongpyeon (잡병편, Miscellaneous Diseases), Tangaekpyeon (탕액편, Remedies), and Chimgupyeon (침구편, Acupuncture).

Naegyeongpyeon primarily deals with physiologic functions and equivalent disorders of internal organs. The interactions of five organs - liver, lungs, kidneys, heart, and spleen - are thoroughly explained.

Oehyeongpyeon explains the function of visible parts of the human body - skin, muscles, blood vessels, tendons, and bones - and the various related illnesses.

Japbyeongpyeon deals with diagnosis and healing methods of various illnesses and disorders such as anxiety, over-excitement, stroke, cold, nausea, edema, jaundice, carbunculosis, and others. This chapter also has a section for pediatrics and gynecology.

Tangaekpyeon details methods for creating remedies and potions such as the collection of medicinal herbs and plants, creating and handling of medication, correct prescription and administration of medicine. All herbal medicine is categorized with explanations regarding their strength, gathering period and their common names for easy understanding.

Chimgupyeon explains the acupuncture procedures for various ailments and disorders. Dongui Bogam offered not only medical facts, but also philosophical values of Eastern Asia. Heo Jun conveyed the message that maintaining the body's energies in balance leads to one's good health. The first page of the book is an anatomical map of the human body, linking human body with heaven and earth which embodies the Asian perspective of nature.