Kennington Osteopaths & Physiotherapy, 2-4 Cleaver St, Oval, London SE11 4DP

Xenia Chudy – Herbalist

Bartosz Gorecki MD, L.Ac.

Herbs and macrobiotics

I do not think I could not get involved in the Chinese medicine. Not with my natural interest in herbs I’ve cultivated since adolescent years. And belief that we can help our body to heal itself with natural methods such as herbs and functional foods. Having come across macrobiotics in my early 20-ies and practicing it in my kitchen for a number of years, quickly I realised the importance of food for our body wellbeing and health.

Nevertheless, I was looking for more comprehensive system which would combine it all; the practice, method and theory. And knew macrobiotics, though helpful, wasn’t the answer.

Although I’d known back then about the Chinese medicine as was already treated by Chinese medicine specialists 25 years ago, I could not find much courage to embank on the journey myself yet.

Guess, was too healthy…

Vegetarianism and menstrual problems

The breakthrough came when I returned to Poland after 10 years of travelling, and said to myself now it is good opportunity to explore this ancient wisdom which basic principles I was already incorporating.

I took on Chinese dietetics course first, as being vegetarian for over 20 years then, I was experiencing health issues including cold and sever menstrual problems. I knew western medicine couldn’t help with. Following the Chinese dietetics, there were other courses I took in Krakow and Gdansk, but being naturally inquisitive I needed a system which was more comprehensive.  And I couldn’t find one in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Classical herbal formulas and ICEAM

By chance and huge luck, I participated in a four day teaser-course which was a part of comprehensive studies in Classical (or Canonical) Chinese medicine. And it prompted me to further my studies in classics.

What made the difference?

These were the logic and clear references to the Classical Chinese medicine practiced long before communist Chinese cultural revolution (and TCM).

I finished 3-year advance studies in herbal Chinese medicine in the Institute of Classics In East Asian Medicine (ICEAM), and obtained Diplomat status. The studies deepen my knowledge on classical way of thinking. And I gained deeper theoretical knowledge and greater clinical efficacy through mastery of the Han dynasty canonical teachings. According to the principles of the Shanghan Lun and the Jingui Yaolue. Follow on that, I still continue to advance my practice and understanding on Han dynasty teaching, by participating in various seminars and courses.

In my clinical practice, I check medical history, take a pulse and palpate abdomen (hara diagnosis) to prescribe the best herbal formula for my patients.

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