Why Our Training is Different
In 1989, Andrew Nugent-Head was hit by a taxi in China, and broke the metatarsals of his foot. Through Chinese medicine treatments alone, the injury healed remarkably fast, and he was able to hike just a few weeks later. This experience changed Andrew’s life! He decided to stay in China to understand this incredible medicine. He did not know that event would set the stage for a life documenting the last old doctors of Beijing.
Trying to find a teacher to learn Chinese medicine, Andrew found the ravages of communism had nearly extinguished traditional medical practice. The government had actively embraced western medicine, and had edited classic books to include modern and scientific information. Andrew thus actively sought out practitioners that were trained and practicing medicine prior to to the changes of communism in 1949. Through great dedication and hard work, he became their student, and worked for nearly 3 decades to document their perspectives and treatments. Andrew organized seminars around the world for the teachers to present to an eager western audience. He filmed and edited their seminars, created a much needed income stream for the traditional practitioners and their families. Andrew’s life work became saving the wisdom of the past. As a result, the Association for Traditional Studies has now taught thousands of seminars in every continent on the globe, and boasts the largest online library of Chinese medicine material available in english.
Through three decades of immersion in traditional teacher – disciple fashion – not only did Andrew learn medicine, martial arts and internal cultivation practices, he documented and preserved traditional cultural perspectives and skill that would have died with his teachers.
Today sadly, the great doctors have passed away, leaving Andrew and wife JulieAnn to share what they learned with other practitioners, aiming to raise the bar of Chinese medicine around the world.
Through the Alternative Clinic in Asheville North Carolina, Andrew and JulieAnn offer tangible, effective and comprehensive Chinese medical care to the public, and meaningful clinical training for Chinese medicine practitioners. Improving the skill of every practitioner around the world can only be done by showing others how to effectively treat a broad range of illness with the incredible clarity and common sense of asian philosophy.
The Alternative Clinic is the realization of a dream shared by each of Andrew’s teachers – a center for tangible and effective medicine to be practiced, preserved, and passed on to future generations.
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