Dr. Wang Ju-Yi
Wang Ju-yi (1937-2017) had an envious position as both an observer of and participant in the major trends of 20th century Chinese medicine. A graduate of the very first class from the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1962, Dr. Wang was trained by some of the early luminaries of the modern era. He was fortunate to experience Chinese medicine in the era just before the development of what we now call “TCM”. In other words, he was a product of that short time in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when acupuncture was taught by practitioners with roots in family lineages that included a firm foundation on classical texts. This was a time when herbs and acupuncture were taught together in China. While giving credit to this unique education, Dr. Wang continued to maintain that his greatest teachers have nevertheless been patients. As Dr. Wang himself recounted, “In those early days after graduation, I still often read the classical texts and had no idea what they were talking about! Only upon reading and re-reading in the presence of actual clinical cases did certain concepts finally clarify, sometimes decades later.”
Former posts held by Dr. Wang included: Chief physician of the Acupuncture Department at the Beijing Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Director of the Xuanwu Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Director of the Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and Editor-in-chief of the journal Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. He was the founder of the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center in Beijing. In 2012, Dr. Wang was recognized by the Chinese government in the establishment of the “Wang Ju-yi Famous Doctor Research Center”. In 2017, he was given the high honor of being designated a ‘National Grandmaster’ by the Beijing Administration of Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Wang also lived and taught in Greece, Mexico, Columbia, the United States and Australia for extended periods. In addition to teaching visiting students and practitioners from around the world at his research center in Beijing, Dr. Wang periodically traveled to give workshops. Recent destinations included Germany, France, and Ireland.
A true scholar and devotee of classical Chinese medical theory, Dr. Wang continued to research and explore the classics while applying that wisdom to the modern practice of acupuncture. His book, Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine has become one of the most popular texts on acupuncture studies worldwide. The text has been translated into German, French and Italian. . In recent years, Dr. Wang published two books in Chinese, An Introduction to Applied Channel Theory (《经络医学概论》2016) and Wang Ju-yi‘s Case Studies in Applied Channel Theory (《王居易针灸医案讲习录》2014), which has led to a resurgence in interest in Dr. Wang‘s teachings.
Dr. Wang’s humility, as well as his generosity in sharing his extensive knowledge and experience with the global Chinese medical community, has gained him the love, respect and gratitude of all who have been graced with his teaching and inspiration.