Tangible Medicine; An Interview with Andrew Nugent-Head Article

Published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine June 2012

Andrew Nugent-Head has lived in China since the age of 18. He left the United States in 1986 to study Chinese Medicine, martial arts and internal cultivation. He formally began studying Chinese medicine in 1989 in mentor- disciple relationships and entered into the Yin Style Bagua tradition in 1993 under the late Dr. Xie Peiqi. He is the founder of the Association for Traditional Studies (ATS – see www.traditionalstudies.org), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preserving China's traditional knowledge. When not travelling internationally to teach, Andrew is the chief practitioner of the ATS clinic in a small village within the tea hills of Hangzhou. This article is an edited account of an interview conducted by Daniel Maxwell, editor of The Journal of Chinese Medicine.

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Andrew Nugent-Head
Andrew Nugent-Head

Andrew Nugent-Head is the founder of the Association for Traditional Studies (ATS), a 501c3 organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation and dissemination of China's traditional knowledge. Andrew moved to China in 1986 at the age of 18 to study Chinese medicine, martial arts, and internal cultivation. He spent 28 years in China dedicated to learning these arts and obtained the highest quality education possible in traditional, mentor-disciple relationships.

Andrew's studies and work have been featured on French and German television, the NBC Sunday Today Show, and on ABC News Special. He also worked on and appeared in the Mystery of Qi episode of the Bill Moyers PBS documentary series, Healing and the Mind. He has been featured in newspapers across the United States and written prolifically on Chinese Medicine, culture and the importance of preserving traditional knowledge worldwide.

Through his not for profit, Andrew has translated six books, produced over 400 educational videos and translated for and assisted practitioners of Chinese Medicine, Yin Style Bagua martial arts, Daoyin practices, and Calligraphy during more than 140 seminars between 1993 and 2003.

With the passing of his teachers, Andrew now dedicates himself to teaching the practice of Chinese medicine as he learned it to fellow practitioners through seminars around the world. He also runs a teaching clinic in Asheville, North Carolina where practitioners can observe him treating patients with herbs, acupuncture, bodywork, exercises and lifestyle advice.

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