Practitioner

Pascal DA SILVA DipAc PgAc DipCHM MBAcC ATCM

Diploma in Acupuncture, Postgraduate in Women’s Health (Paris)
Diploma in Chinese herbal Medicine (Manchester)
Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC)
Member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM)
12 years experience, 8 at the Medical centre of Stirling University
Clinical practice in hospital, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Msc in digital Education (University of Edinburgh)

I am a French national living in Edinburgh with my Scottish wife and bilingual daughters.

Acupuncture training

“Traditional” Acupuncturists (Tradere=Transmit) like to see themselves as part of a lineage of teaching where the connection between Master and Apprentice is essential to growing as a practitioner.

Dr Daniel Laurent MBAcC I graduated in Acupuncture in Brittany (France) in 2003 under the teaching of Dr Daniel Laurent whose school had a partnership with Pr Jack Worsley at the BAcC accredited College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa.

The training integrated “Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture” and “Channels Acupuncture”.

Pr Jack Worsley MBAcC
1923-2003

Clinical practice in Vietnam

I attended two monthly placements at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City (previously named “Saigon”) in Vietnam in 2002 and 2003. As a previous French colony, many people still speak French which allow us to communicate directly with some doctors and patients.

A beautiful adventure with two masters

Dr Truong Thin (then Director of the Institute) and Dr Daniel Laurent (Head of the college) coauthored the “Manual of Traditional Asian Medicine” in 2002, which I had the privilege to illustrate and edit.We still keep close relationships with the doctors of HCM City as many studients go there every year.

Postgraduate in women’s health

I did a Postgraduate programme in women’s health in Paris, 2003,  under the teaching of Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée at the European school of Acupuncture. Elisabeth is a world renown specialist in Chinese studies. I have been attending many CPD workshops on different themes through the years.
Several of Ms Rochat’s books are translated in English with Monkey Press.
As the Edinburgh group coordinator for the British Acupuncture Council, I had the pleasure of inviting Elisabeth in Edinburgh for a lecture on ‘What is healing, in the Medical and Philosophical Classical texts’.

 

The British Acupuncture Council

I applied for membership in 2007 when I arrived in the UK and became a full member of the British Acupuncture Council.

The acupuncture I practice integrates “5 Element Acupuncture”, “Channels Acupuncture” and “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)” more specifically for the practice of Herbal Medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM)

I graduated with in Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine at Shulan College in Manchester, 2016, under the teaching of Pr Shulan Tang. The course is accredited by Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM) and The ATCM (see below).
As an acupuncturist I have been using Classical formulas for a number of years since the new European legislation, which I welcome, made it compulsory to attend a specific degree in herbal medicine.
I gained Full membership to The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM), for the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine in September 2016.

The ATCM is the largest professional body for the practice of Chinese Herbal medicine with around 730 members in the UK.

 

Online acupuncture education

This was my final project for the Msc in digital Education that I completed at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. You can read my dissertation: “Towards blended e-learning for Acupuncture: a manifesto for the teaching of Traditional Acupuncture 
in the contemporary Western/postmodern world“. Some of my work is used on my former teacher, Daniel Laurent’s e-learning platform.

Aikido

I started practicing Aïkido (Japanese martial art) under the teaching of A.Peyrache and Tamura Senseï from the age of 13.

In 2005, I obtained the Black belt 3rd DAN with the teaching professional certificate (Brevet d’Etat). I still practice in Edinburgh with my friend Scott Reed when I can find the time.

Aikido has played a big part in my experience of Qi-Breath.

 

The Confucius Institute of Edinburgh organise Chinese evening classes that I attend every week. After years of getting familiar with Chinese medical jargon, I thought it would be fun to actually try and put a sentence together!