Dr Felix Mann was born in Germany but moved to England at the age of three, and was brought up bi-lingually.
After qualifying at Cambridge University and Westminster Hospital, he first studied acupuncture in 1958 in the traditional Chinese manner. A scientific approach to acupuncture did not exist at that time, nor many text books in any European language. Dr. Mann therefore spent ten years learning to read medical Chinese, including a study period in China, in order to be able to read both ancient and modern text books in their original language. He was thus able to introduce acupuncture to the English medical world. Visit the new blog.
However, on the basis of his clinical observations, he soon discovered that the traditional theoretical foundation of acupuncture was fundamentally incorrect - somewhat like the 'flat earth' theory of the Middle Ages - good enough for building houses but not for navigation. In reality, acupuncture points and meridians do not exist; yin and yang, the five elements and the mathematically intricate laws of acupuncture are a philosophical concept, mostly irrelevant, susceptible to different explanation, or simply wrong.
Felix Mann has evolved a different system of acupuncture over the past thirty to forty years, and much of what he teaches in Scientific Acupuncture conforms to neurophysiological concepts.
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His Publications include Reinventing Acupuncture, first published in 1992, with a second edition being published in Autumn 2000.
Felix Mann was the Founder President of The Medical Acupuncture Society 1959-1980; President of The British Medical Acupuncture Society 1980; and Holder of The German Pain Prize 1995.