First There Were the Extraordinary Vessels

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Stephen Birch has been practicing acupuncture since 1982 with a specialization in Japanese acupuncture but also in Chinese acupuncture. He began studying with Kiiko Matsumoto and then started studying in Japan with Yoshio Manaka and other Meridian practitioners, especially those in the style of the Toyohari tradition: Kodo Fukushima, Toshio Yanagishita, Akahiro Takai, Shuho Taniuchi, Koryo Nakada and many others. He wrote several books with Matsumoto, like ‘Hara Diagnosis’. He also co-wrote Manaka’s English book ‘Chasing the Dragon’s Tail’ (in German ‘Manaka’s Quantensprung’) and the text ‘Japanese Acupuncture’ with his wife Junko Ida (also available in German). He also wrote a general text on acupuncture ‘Understanding Acupuncture’ with Bob Felt and the book 'Shonishin - Japanese pediatric Acupuncture', which was published in 2011. His last book on Qi and the Jingmai co-authored with Manuel Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrer Mir was published in 2014. He is teaching around Europe and also in Australia, Brasil and the US. He is Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of Health Sciences - Kristiania University College in Oslo, Norway where he teaches and is working on research. He has been involved in research about acupuncture for over twenty years with a PhD in acupuncture research methodology, working on studies in the US and Europe, and has published dozens of papers on this topic.  At present he is one of the two more senior Toyohari instructors in Europe currently practices at the Japanese Acupuncture Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Birch, S.

Stephen Birch arbeitet seit 1982 mit der Japanischen Akupunktur. Er studierte in Japan bei Yoshio Manaka und anderen berühmten Toyohari-Lehrern. Als Dozent unterrichtet er in USA, Großbritannien, Deutschland und Niederlande. Er betreibt in den Niederlanden mit seiner Frau eine Praxis und arbeitet eng mit Kiko Matsumoto zusammen, eine der Experten der japanischen Akupunktur, die auch 2011 auf dem TCM-Kongress in Rothenburg Referentin ist.

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