Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year
Wishing all our friends, colleagues, students and staff a wonderful time during the festive season.
From all at the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr Deng Tietao was a great friend and supporter of the Irish College of TCM. He died, earlier this month, at the age of 104, although as explained in his Wikipedia entry, this would be calculated a little differently in China. In the West, he would have been said to be nearly 103 at the time of his death.
We first met him in 2000 when he was already 85 years old. He came to teach us during one of the specialist Medical Qigong Courses that was being run exclusively for staff and graduates of the ICTCM.
Professor Deng was a kind, refined and enlightened man who understood the importance of being healthy on all levels – body, mind and spirit. He was a much published author of books on many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine and his seminal book on Chinese Medical Diagnostics has been published in English. When only in his 50s, his students published a book (in Chinese) as a sign of respect for his excellence as a medical practitioner and teacher, which outlined his regimen for a healthy life and longevity. This included his daily practice of one of the most famous traditional Qigong forms, called Baduanjin.
During the subsequent years we met him a number of times when he gave guest lectures to groups from our college and met the Director of the College Tom Shanahan to discuss the most important attributes of a Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner. Both agreed that it was kindness to one’s patients.
The last time we met was in 2011 after he had been awarded the very highest award by the Chinese Government in 2009. He was named a “Master of National Medicine” of China, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the China Society for Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology, and won the Guangdong Science and Technology Award (First Class).
During our last meeting in 2011 he brushed a unique calligraphy for the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine showing that he gave his great support to our efforts to spread high-quality, authentic Acupuncture and TCM across Europe and the world. Further information can be found in our 2011 ICTCM news item.
News of his death was announced by the Guangzhou Daily on 10th January 2019. Their article gives an interesting extract from an interview with Dr Deng, who will be much missed by his friends, family and students.
The ICTCM was one of the first independent colleges in Ireland to get a website. So many years ago!
Now we are in the process, yet again, of updating the look of our site to make it more user-friendly for those using mobile devices.
We want it to be easy for you to find out about the courses we offer.
- Profession Acupuncture Training and
- Postgraduate programmes.
During our recent visit to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macao we were delighted to meet old friends in the TCM and Qigong field, and to make new ones.
At a conference on Health and Longevity the Irish College of TCM’s Director Tom Shanahan received a special award for presenting an outstanding academic paper.
Senior college staff have been training in Medical Qigong with their Chinese Qigong Master Professor Song Xinhong since 2000 and are happy to announce that another Qigong weekend workshop will be running in the college in June.
Book your place now to get the early bird offer.
Professor Song Xinhong was one of the event organisers for this very successful international conference.
The Irish College of TCM (ICTCM) first visited Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in 1999. We have returned to our sister University in Guangzhou, with whom we have had a formal Affiliation since 2002, almost every year since then.
Many ICTCM graduates have attended month-long specialist post-graduate courses. The photo above is from the first Medical Qigong visit in 2000 and the photo below shows the 2002 group.
Later this month ICTCM staff will be meeting University officials in Guangzhou to discuss possible advances in the cooperation between the two TCM teaching institutes.
Happy Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog to all our students, teachers, friends and colleagues in Ireland and across the world.
We wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year.
Tom Shanahan and Mary Plunkett
Irish College of TCM
The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine wishes a very Happy Christmas and a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year 2018 to all our staff, students, friends and colleagues in Ireland and across the world.
and Mary Plunkett
The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine enjoyed a sociable and yet profound start to the academic year when Tom Shanahan shared his 40+ years of experience as a TCM teacher, professor and clinician at the Shen Dao Seminar held in early September.
Professor Tom Shanahan and Registrar Mary Plunkett have each been invited to make a presentation at the Nei Dao Qigong Symposium being held in Rome in October 2017.
Each presentation will reflect our experience of practising Qigong as a Medical treatment option of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) within the wider and generally more well-known context of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Tom and Mary have been practising and subsequently teaching Qigong for Health and Well-being and Medical Qigong since 2000 and regularly visit China presenting papers at conferences and supporting the promotion of authentic, traditional Medical Qigong as taught to us by our Qigong masters in China.
We look forward to meeting fellow Qigong Masters and Presenters from around the world at the Symposium in Rome.
Congratulations to Daisy Xia – Daughter of our Qigong Masters Professor Song Xinhong and the late Professor Xia Shuangquan- on her graduation with a DACM from the Southern California University of Health Sciences.
Professor Song is the Honorary Head of the Medical Qigong Department of the Irish College of TCM.
We first met her daughter Daisy in 2002 on one of our regular (one month every year) visits to Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, where we intensively studied Medical Qigong with Prof Song and Prof Xia.
Daisy (Guangyu) was taught Qigong by her parents from an early age and, once she had become a university student in her home town of Guangzhou, she frequently assisted, and acted as the official translator, for the ICTCM Director and Registrar during Medical Qigong conferences which we attended in China.
We are delighted that she has fulfilled her ambition to join the field of TCM as a professional and we wish her every success in the future.