Lecture: Three Worms and Five Poisons – an Esoteric reading of Gu Syndromesand Their Treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine
Dr. Anderson will present a framework for understanding certain aspects of parasitism that are rarely touched upon outside of esoteric philosophy and practice, especially from the Eastern prospective. As part of this lecture, the audience will be given a framework for understanding parasitism and energetic level which encompasses concepts such as ghostly possession, Harmful magic projected by others, and inherited burden as it is encountered within some streams of Taoist thought. Once this framework has been established, Dr. Anderson will then present means to address several of these categories of “infestation” through the use of herbal medicine which here includes: plant and mineral matter as well as some forms of metal.
John Anderson is a practitioner and teacher of several styles of Asian medicine having received his Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine (FCIM) and his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Dr Anderson’s formal training extends to the use of herbal medicine from the perspective of Chinese medicine, both classical (ShangHan method) and contemporary (through the Ding/Shen/Hammer lineage).
In addition to his formal education in Chinese Medicine, he has had training in Lakota practices and in Eastern esoteric herbal medicine and Chinese folk medicines. As part of his broader learning process, he has worked with plants, stones, and other natural ingredients for the better part of 20 years, beginning with many aspects of contemporary European paganism. This interest evolved and grew to encompass Eastern philosophies and practices. His ongoing research interests include: Gu syndromes, virtue medicine in tradition of Wang Fengyi, Daoist and Buddhist exorcistic practices, and Disability Studies at large.
Dr. Anderson currently teaches at South Baylo University (SBU) in Virginia where he teaches all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to graduate students including diagnosis, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. In past years, he has also taught in Florida at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine (FCIM). He currently resides in Washington, DC.