Dip Acu, Dip CHM, MAFPA
Philippe started teaching for COM in 2011 mainly in Cork. He is a clinic supervisor and teaches modules on Auricular Acupuncture and Acupuncture for Addictions.
Philippe’s background includes 3 years training in France at the IMTC (Traditional Chinese Medicine Institute) where he learned the practice and theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Manual Medicine (the equivalent of modern Chiropractic) and Tuina Chinese Massage. Philippe finished his acupuncture studies in Dublin at the AFPA in 2003 and has been working since then as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner in “Arnica House”. Arnica House is one of the longest established alternative therapy clinics in Cork.
In France he also became interested in a different version of the theory of the 5 elements. He practiced in a traditional hospital in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and spent 6 months in that hospital working as an intern in the outpatient department and also in the heroin inpatient department.
During that time (1999) on the way back to France, Philippe spent one month in Chiang Mai, Thailand to learn the practice of Ancient Thai Massage, a technique that he likes to use in his practice for back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain. Thai massage is a wonderful technique that relieves not only physical pain but also mental blocks and helps pregnant women in the last stage of pregnancy where everything is getting slow and difficult.
Philippe likes to improve his practice and for this reason he regularly attends TCM seminars. In 2003, he attended a Chinese Herbal seminar on female conditions directed by Anastacia White ,a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. And in 2005 and 2006, he attended two seminars, also on women’s problems, directed by Giovanni Macciocia.
Following those seminars Philippe developed an interest in woman problems and specialized in fertility and delivery issues in his private practice. Philippe is also a yoga teacher. The Yoga technique helps to understand the dynamic of the human body and gives an extra benefit in his therapeutic work.
In 2008, Philippe qualified as a Chinese Medicine Herbalist at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, in order to enhance his clinical private practice and his understanding of the concept of TCM.
In 2009 he trained in cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation, techniques he uses on patients victims of substance abuse.
Philippe’s interest in addiction treatment started during his practical training at the hospital of Oriental Medicine in Vietnam. Since 2005 Philippe has worked in Arbour House, the HSE Centre for alcohol and drugs rehabilitation in Cork.
Philippe is also active with other agencies including the local drug task force, the department of justice and other rehabilitation agencies in Cork.
For Philippe, working in the addiction and social rehabilitation field is literally about saving lives and brings a lot of satisfaction to him on a personal level.