Introduction to Chinese Medicine
How Chinese Medicine Works
Chinese Medicine is a highly pragmatic and effective system of health care with several distinct features. It recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and consequently there is a strong belief in the value of preventive health care; In some parts of traditional China you paid your doctor to keep you healthy. There is also an important emphasis on self-help which is an essential part of maintaining your health and overcoming illness. Diagnosis is carried out by a combination of palpation, observation, questioning and listening after which a suitable treatment method is chosen.
Chinese Medicine`s field of application
The Chinese medical system is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions including but not limited to:
- All types of sprains, strains, aches and pains; both chronic and acute
- stress relief
- fertility issues
- low vitality
- nausea and vomiting
- emotional difficulties
- digestive imbalances
- poor circulation
- all types of addictions
- common colds
My name is Ben Cox and I am a graduate of the 5 year Traditional Chinese Medicine (BSc) degree jointly run by Middlesex University and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine qualifying me to provide Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Chinese dietetics and lifestyle advice. The course involved a 5 month placement in the hospitals of Beijing consisting of both clinical observation & practice. I also have a diploma in tui na massage from the Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine, studied tui na while on my Beijing placement, and have attended several short courses on more sophisticated massage techniques. I have over a decade of training and experience in Tai chi, Qi gong and Taoist Meditation with several well known teachers.
Since completing my Chinese medical degree in 2007 I have added to my skills by developing my tai chi and qi gong abilities by completing a detailed two and a half year teaching apprenticeship at Oxford internal arts, under the tutelage of Giovanni Maschio, one of B.K. Frantzis’ most experienced instructors in Europe. I also regularly train with B.K.Frantzis directly at workshops, retreats and instructor trainings, and have conducted my own qi gong workshops in London and Scotland.
My background gives me experience in all the major branches of Chinese medicine, namely herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, diet therapy and qi gong and enables me to offer a variety of personalised treatment methods. By viewing your situation from within the context of the whole Chinese medical system either one, several or all of these methods may be employed over the course of treatment if appropriate.
A fully insured member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. I currently teach and treat patients in Oxford and also teach qi gong both at Oxford Internal Arts and in Reading at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine; one of the largest Chinese medicine training centres in the U.K.
To find out more feel free to browse my website further or contact me via email or telephone.
Classes,Consultations & Clinics
Starting on the 19th January 2011, I will be teaching a Beginners class called "Taichi & Qigong fundamentals" on Wednesdays 6.00-7.30pm in the South Oxford Community Centre.
This course is a 10 week introduction to core techniques and principles found within qigong and taichi, giving students a firm foundation which can be applied within almost any form of qigong or style of taichi they may learn in the future. The syllabus taught is the same as the Oxford Internal Arts 6.00-7.30 foundation classes on Tuesdays and the 10 week block costs £115 or £60 for an 8 week block if you`re a student. For more information please
With respect to treatments and private lessons I currently offer these from my home in Rose hill, and out of treatment rooms in Jericho and Eynsham. In Rose hill I am available for treatments or private lessons on Tuesdays and in Jericho I`m available on Thursdays, if these Times are not suitable please ring about other possibilities. In Eynsham I am only available on Fridays.
My treatments or private lessons are all 1 hour long and are £40 per session. You can also book in blocks of 5 for a discounted rate of £160.
Discounted rates can be arranged for undergraduates, retirees or those in financial difficulties if necessary. Please call to discuss this with me.
When having a treatment please try to avoid stressful situations for a few hours on either side of the treatment if possible. Wear loose clothes and ideally don’t eat large amounts 2 hours before or after a treatment session.
To find out more about my classes or to book sessions with me please contact me on:
Phone: 07984554 967
info at chinesemedicalarts dot co dot uk
Rose Hill (Oxford):
52 Annnesley Rd, Rose Hill, Oxford, U.K OX4 4JQ
78 Hayfield Rd, Jericho, Oxford, OX2 6TU
1 Abbey Rd, Eynsham, Oxfordshire, OX29 4TB