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The Oriental College offers on-site as well as on line studies. Our goal is to help develop holistic and Chinese medicines and to offer for those who are interested a program which will enrich their own life as well as the lives of others. Our study-guide will be sent to you on request.

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As several white papers and researches suggest modern sports culture as a commercial endeavor is already longtime a stagnant practice where old practices are continuously repackaged and renamed to generate an image of development and innovation. Most recently we see this happening through the adaptations in yoga and taijiquan as used in sportscenters and institutes for sports education applying a limited understanding to generate ‘new interesting topics to engage in’ as a selling point for sportscenters. These ‘renewals’ do not only lack vision, but also are cosmetic. We see this repeated in the unscientific practice of dry needling by physiotherapists creating a pseudo medicine system that is not allowed to honor its holist roots in Chinese or Japanese acupuncture and medicines. A similar aspect of copycattism we find in the currently very fashionable muscle train anatomy that like dry needling is pure copyright infringement on muscle channel anatomy as a foundation for tuina massage and taijigongfu/yoga physiology.

Asian medicine knows the following fields of study:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Herbalism
  • Exercise therapy
  • Beauty therapy
  • Diet therapy
  • Life cultivation
  • Health cultivation
  • Internal cultivation
  • Cultural cultivation
  • Artistic cultivation
  • Martial cultivation
  • Moral cultivation

All these are seen as methods to achieve health and fitness in a view of being human in a holist universe.  This text directs itself towards physical fitness comparing holist and reductionist views and setting the tone for future research and development taking the Daoland healthcare program as its first primary outcome and source of experience and research outcomes.

Physical fitness

Physical fitness refers to one’s overall measure of physical, bodily health; it is typically made up of things such as cardiovascular endurance and body composition, as well as overall muscular strength and stamina. Fitness is often broken down into two categories. These are general fitness, also known as health related fitness, as well as specific fitness, also known as performance, or skill related fitness.

In the more widened view of fitness as the International Oriental College (IOC) applies it fitness does not only relate to the direct achievements in sports, but is most relevant as to how in life mood, quality of job performance, social and civil interaction in daily life. We believe most people measure fitness in relationship to their daily activities, whereas science often determines fitness as the capacity to achieve in sports activity itself

General fitness refers to one’s overall levels of health, such as those measures mentioned above, including overall endurance. Specific fitness, on the other hand, refers to one’s ability to perform specific physical tasks, as related to one’s occupation or when playing sports. There is no standard definition for fitness, whether one is referring to general or specific fitness, and different measures or skill levels might lead to different conclusions. Cardiovascular measures as well as body composition measures are some of the most commonly used definitions for determining whether or not someone is physically fit.

When cardiovascular endurance is used to determine one’s fitness level, the heart rate is the measure that is often used. Resting heart rate, as well as the maximum heart rate that one achieves, are important when determining cardiovascular health in biomedicine; a measure of the amount of time it takes the heart rate to return to its resting pace after exercise is a good indicator as well. Body composition is another measure of fitness; this refers to one’s weight as well as Body Mass Index, or BMI. Genetics play a large part in body composition, but cultivation is at least as important. cultivation has two parts: actual exercise and guiding theories. every sportsperson that is a serious about managing achievements and quality of life is also a scholar.

Other measures of physical fitness are more subjective, such as muscular strength, flexibility, or speed. Skills required to perform a certain job, or play a sport, will also differ for each individual situation. One person’s standards of fitness may be drastically different from another’s, but they may be equally physically fit. Achieving good fitness takes regular, persistent work; it does not happen overnight, but instead happens gradually over a period of time, generally with a combination of aerobic, strength training, and stretching exercises. A physician or a trainer at a gym may be able to offer specific fitness tests designed to give an individual a clear picture of his or her areas of strength, and where he might need to improve.

The Daoland healthsports program though based on very orthodox views on Taiji gongfu, Daoism and yinyangwuxing theory, it does perform in a mainly modern, (read: western[ized]) environment. Getting acquinted with biomedical approaches is in that sense as important as coming to understand the practice as seen/perceived or tested with biomedical sciences. It has to be remembered that:

  • Practiced according to biomedical views will produce biomedically acceptable outcomes.
  • Practicing according to orthodox neijia taiji gongfu wil produce outcomes acceptable to orthodox neijia taiji gongfu views.

Both outcomes will not only be different in most likelihood or should be different at least at essential points that research will eventually highlight, but both outcomes will also have their own relevance and none of the outcome necessarily outweighs the other in importance. to show that IOC is not alone in this struggle we like to point out that government and insurance policies are in conflict with World health recommendations. read for instance the this document. after you have read it, enroll in our program and help us safe non-biomedical systems of health before they become fully suppressed by the colonial powers of intellectual monoculture.

Biomedicine and medical science

The word medicine is derived from the Latin ars medicina, meaning the art of healing. Medicine is the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.

Medicine can involve art, science, or both. It has existed for thousands of years, during most of which it was an art (an area of skill and knowledge) that frequently had connections to the religious and philosophical beliefs of each culture. For example, a medicine man would apply herbs and say prayers for healing, or an ancient philosopher and physician would apply bloodletting according to the theories of humorism. In recent centuries, since the advent of science, most medicine has become a combination of art and science (both basic and applied, under the umbrella of medical science). Thus, while the perfect stitching technique for suturing an artery is still an art that surgeons learn by practicing, the knowledge of what happens at the cellular and molecular level in the tissues being stitched comes from science. The older forms of medicine are often called pre-scientific, or are now known as traditional medicine and folk medicine. Although they are no longer the sole type of medicine, they are still used and are unfortunately and unjustifiably called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). For example, although acupuncture and herbal medicine are ancient arts that include unscientific components, they do provide relief of pain, symptoms, or anxiety and are thus still valued by many patients regardless of the chemical or physical mechanisms by which they work. In fact they exist by their own scientific system, including collated experiences of being human and extrapolations on these experiences to predict or localize onset and development, duration and eradication of disease. Thus they continue to have value in health care and deserve a same status, especially because these are not dead medicine forms, such as in the case of some languages. they are still fully in development (in some cases through adaptation (such as with TCM and TJM).

Contamporary medicine uses indirect observation through technology and instruments, same for biomedical research, genetics and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease, typically through medication or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, external splints & traction, prostheses, biologics, pharmaceuticals, ionizing radiation among others. Because so much analysis is done through insubstantial observation by pre-programmed outcome producing instruments Biomedical science has to rely heavily on statistics, where individual outcomes might be disastrous while the statistical average is beneficial.

Basic sciences

  • Anatomy is the study of the physical structure of organisms. In contrast to macroscopic or gross anatomy, cytology and histology are concerned with microscopic structures.
  • Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry taking place in living organisms, especially the structure and function of their chemical components.
  • Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of the methods of Mechanics.
  • Biostatistics is the application of statistics to biological fields in the broadest sense. A knowledge of biostatistics is essential in the planning, evaluation, and interpretation of medical research. It is also fundamental to epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.
  • Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that uses the methods of physics and physical chemistry to study biological systems.
  • Cytology is the microscopic study of individual cells.
  • Embryology is the study of the early development of organisms.
  • Endocrinology is the study of hormones and their effect throughout the body of animals.
  • Epidemiology is the study of the demographics of disease processes, and includes, but is not limited to, the study of epidemics.
  • Genetics is the study of genes, and their role in biological inheritance.
  • Histology is the study of the structures of biological tissues by light microscopy, electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry.
  • Immunology is the study of the immune system, which includes the innate and adaptive immune system in humans, for example.
  • Medical physics is the study of the applications of physics principles in medicine.
  • Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, including protozoa, bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
  • Molecular biology is the study of molecular underpinnings of the process of replication, transcription and translation of the genetic material.
  • Neuroscience includes those disciplines of science that are related to the study of the nervous system. A main focus of neuroscience is the biology and physiology of the human brain and spinal cord. Some related clinical specialties include neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry.
  • Nutrition science (theoretical focus) and dietetics (practical focus) is the study of the relationship of food and drink to health and disease, especially in determining an optimal diet. Medical nutrition therapy is done by dietitians and is prescribed for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, weight and eating disorders, allergies, malnutrition, and neoplastic diseases.
  • Pathology as a science is the study of disease—the causes, course, progression and resolution thereof.
  • Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their actions.
  • Photobiology is the study of the interactions between non-ionizing radiation and living organisms.
  • Physiology is the study of the normal functioning of the body and the underlying regulatory mechanisms.
  • Radiobiology is the study of the interactions between ionizing radiation and living organisms.
  • Toxicology is the study of hazardous effects of drugs and poisons.

Organisational Development

Typical for biomedicine is its fragmentation into different specializations and its industrialization process. As a result it depends on cooperation between different work-groups to understand and cope with a medical problem. the industry is so cost ineffective that it requires a continuous influx of manpower and clients to fund its continuous existence and expansion. the logical consequence of a system like biomedicine is the medicalization of every issue in being a person or a member of society. Nowadays already a significant portion of EU populations is using one form of medication  or another, in some cases various, continuously securing funding for the industry and marketing tools to make more industry required to solve the problems. Biomedicine as a system is extremely radical and totalitarian in its capitalization on the fear of disease, in  spite of all the wonders it also produced. Debunking the myth of biomedicine is going to lead to massive unemployment figures in that industry. But also to increases in quality of life trough active self management of health through systematic exercise systems like qigong and daoyin.

What is Healthcare?

Health care (or healthcare) is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. Health care is the care for health, so it implies every action that results in healthy people. organized healthcare then only is that care that actually produces healthy people. Does our modern industrialized healthcare achieve that?

Health care is delivered by practitioners in allied health, dentistry, midwifery (obstetrics), medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychology naturopaths, Shamans, story tellers, medicine men, herbalists, wiches, ceremonialists, Magi, Healers and other health professions in a variety of cultures. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health.

health itself relies on different factors, such as life circumstances, behavior, biology, climate, environment etc. So, ofcourse, no healthcare can offer 100% successful outcomes.

Healthcare is also the politics around healthcare. Healthcare is being produced through the feedback of practitioners to lawmakers, judges, insurers, banks, companies, hospitals, clinics, and even street vendors, pharmacies and unfortunately drugs dealers.

In our program we are looking for innovative thinkers and doers willing to absorb the internal values of a transcultural view to help us restructure healthcare to include emancipated science and medicine systems that allow exotic knowledge systems to flourish and stand independent. the goal is ofcourse to make organized healthcare superfluous. It is not enough efficient since it keeps people on medication for longer than three months without improving health too often. Long term medication leads to disturbances om stomach, digestion, blood, brain, mental state etc.

Health care can contribute to a significant part of a country’s economy. In 2011, the health care industry consumed an average of 9.3 percent of the GDP or US$ 3,322 (PPP-adjusted) per capita across the 34 members of OECD countries. The USA (17.7%, or US$ PPP 8,508), the Netherlands (11.9%, 5,099), France (11.6%, 4,118), Germany (11.3%, 4,495), Canada (11.2%, 5669), and Switzerland (11%, 5,634) were the top spenders, however life expectancy in total population at birth was highest in Switzerland (82.8 years), Japan and Italy (82.7), Spain and Iceland (82.4), France (82.2) and Australia (82.0), while OECD’s average exceeds 80 years for the first time ever in 2011: 80.1 years, a gain of 10 years since 1970. The USA (78.7 years) ranges only on place 26 among the 34 OECD member countries, but has the highest costs by far. All OECD countries have achieved universal (or almost universal) health coverage. the economic output has created a conflict between people with medical problems and the medical establishment. As in Chinese medicine ethics is said: a doctor able to buy a house and car is charging too much to his clients! healthcare is a professional field based on compassion and care for fellow people. becoming older on average ofcourse is a nice boon, but what if it is the cause of a nationwide addiction to medication or other forms of medical assistance that does not become less over time but more intensive?

Health care is conventionally regarded as an important determinant in promoting the general physical and mental health and well-being of people around the world. An example of this was the worldwide eradication of smallpox in 1980, declared by the WHO as the first disease in human history to be completely eliminated by deliberate health care interventions.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and naturopath medicine are valued by consumers, not so much by regulators and other economic pressure groups. morally the group is under [pressure to outperform regular care because people still choose so called alternatives in desperation. Regular healthcare too often does not offer perspectives.

In Australia, ‘out-of-pocket expenditure’ is estimated as being as high as AU$4.13 billion (US$3.12 billion) per year.In the USA, estimates have ranged between US$27.0 billion and US$34.4 billion for out-of-pocket expenditure and, in England, out-of-pocket expenditure on six of the most established CAM therapies has been estimated at over GB£450 million.  Given the levels of expenditure and the consequent outcome and policy implications, there is now a growing amount of health economics literature in this area. for naturopaths this is important information because they hardly are organized. If they would be they could provide a better organized healthcare that is cheaper and can proof its effectiveness through transparent shared research and programming.

As with the analysis of other aspects of the healthcare system, a number of different perspectives and methodologies are available for health-economics analysis of CAM and naturopath use. As research into the economics of CAM is still in its early stages compared with conventional medicine, the analysis is currently limited by the amount and type of available data. However, as social, clinical and economic research into CAM use continues to expand, so, too, do the opportunities for larger-scale data collection and analysis.

The analysis of available administrative data on CAM is an obvious place to start. The majority of CAM use in most countries is funded by private expenditure and, therefore, limited administrative data exist for the estimation of total expenditure on CAM and naturopathy by the community. CAM use may also be subsidized by private health insurers, whose claims data are of potential use in estimating the effect of changes in the utilization rates of CAM, in relation to the type and amount of subsidy of different CAM therapies. Some literature already exists using these data. One of the most interesting aspects of using claims data is that they provide some evidence on the utilization patterns of certain CAM therapies for governments who are interested in including CAM on national health subsidy schemes. Certain types of administrative data may also be used to calculate and compare price elasticities of demand for different CAM therapies with those of conventional health services. This is of interest to both private and public health insurers, as well as CAM practitioners, as analysis of this nature demonstrates how price differentials and changes between products can affect relative rates of utilization. Minorities and former colony states often have a substantial part of the population combining traditional remedies or methodologies with biomedical remedies. Rarely people investigate contradictions or even underlying rationale for why things work. For comparison of Herbal ingredients the bridge between cultures is relatively easy to make, but popular faith healing systems, homeopathy, acupuncture and yoga are already harder to explain. it requires serious study and emancipation of knowledge systems, the purpose and spearpoint of transcultral theory and practice, contribution to future healthcare.

One question that the analysis of administrative data may be able to illuminate is whether CAM is more often used as a substitute for conventional medicine or as a complement. we see that there are different groups. We advocate that people stick to one medicine system as to be able to follow the actual effectiveness of a system better. In a tolerant society with an enlightened scientific view that would not be an issue, but unfortunately…

The observation differences has important ramifications for the economic evaluation of CAM using cost–effectiveness analyses or similar techniques, as it is important to identify whether the costs associated with CAM should be treated as an addition to conventional medicine or as a cost offset (substitute). Of particular interest are high-prevalence chronic conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, for which some evidence already exists that CAM is being used as a complement to conventional medicine, rather than a substitute, by people with these conditions. Nobody really researches cost-effectiveness in relationship to symptom-improvement through CAM therapies in cases of diseases where bio-medicine doesn’t believe to be curable or allow for anything more but gradual degeneration (to which medication too often contributes as is often shows in research about over-medication).

The relative lack of administrative data may be contrasted with the availability of CAM data on pharmaceutical usage in the community. Large panels of data now exist from a number of sources, including national pharmaceutical subsidy schemes, private health insurers and summaries of the number of units of product sold through wholesalers and manufacturers. Corresponding socioeconomic data are often available for these panels, making it possible to analyze the relationship of these socioeconomic factors with regard to the use of pharmaceuticals. Such an analysis has important consequences for the identification of pockets of inequity of access to essential medicines in the community and, therefore, provides potential opportunities to address any inequity and improve the health outcomes of the community as a whole. The cards are shaken in favor of the establishment and not to the clients.

You understand the need for transcultural healthcare to improve the weaknesses of our current healthcare systems?

zhanzhuang asana workshop 1

Our Zhanzhuang courses are based on Wudang daoist Xuanwupai taijigongfu practice from shifu You Xuande and Zhongwujipai from shifu Liu which are combined to help one produce superior balance, coherence and stren ght in taijigongfu. 

Originally these skills were based on Chinese Yoga Asana’s folllowing the principles of Svatmarama Yoga paramita combined with Daoist wisdom of Laozi, Huatuo 5 animal skill and other sources. This course will give you insight in technicalities and history of this unique practice and the 25 years of practice experience of Cui Li Ou, himself 15 year disciple of Shifu You Xuande at Wudang xuanwu pai. It will also teach you the routines of these skills. 

In Wudang fitness III the lower body based standing pole practices are learned and in Wudang fitness IV the arm based power skills are being studied. 

During this fasttrack you are going to be severely tested in your durability, but you will also get insight in what results to expect and how the step by step meditative development of this power skill takes place. If you are serious about either yoga or taiji gongfu, and especially wudang Taiji gongfu, you should not miss this instructor course. 

These both courses are a requirement for further studies in Dandao skills of Daoist Internal Alchemy. They are an essential part of Taiji Gongfu and tuishou practice, they provide unique insight in the nature of deep yoga.