The teaching is done in such a way that, at the end of each course, participants will be able to treat appropriate patients at once - with good results. Even during the course, complete novices have treated friends, relatives or patients in the evening, with immediately positive results.
This course is a practical one, with teaching done on
patients. After a short introduction devoted to a brief
overview of traditional Chinese concepts and a further
account of a scientifically orientated and empirical system of acupuncture geared to Western medicine, the course is then conducted in the presence of and with patients. These patients are from Dr. Mann's clinic and private practice, about one every hour. Usually, several of the doctors attending the course are treated.
The patient will give a brief history including previous acupuncture treatment and results: Dr. Mann describes the treatment and possible alternatives and also treatment of related conditions e.g. if a patient has migraine, the treatment of headaches, migrainous neuralgia and head injuries will also be described. In each case, the group will discuss the chances of success or failure, short and long term benefits, and whether orthodox medicine or a combined approach might be appropriate.
By the end of the course, the group will have seen and discussed most of the conditions commonly treated. If participants wish, the group will also discuss the treatment of rarely seen diseases, and the Chinese pulse diagnoses can also be demonstrated.
The neuro-physiologist Professor Anthony Dickenson, of University College London, discusses the neuro- physiological mechanisms which may explain the effects of acupuncture.