Julian Scott has been practicing Chinese medicine for nearly 40 years, and currently practices in Bath. He finished his first training in acupuncture with Dr. van Buren, at the International College of Oriental Medicine in 1976, and went on to study in China in 1982-3. He worked in the Jiangsu Hospital for Traditional Medicine.
His teacher was Dr. Jiang Cai-Yun. She was one of those rare people who are both clever and compassionate. One day she told him: “There are many people who do not come to acupuncture because they fear the pain of the needles. I will show you a needle technique that does not cause pain.” It is this technique which has made it possible for him to treat children. He has been teaching this technique to his students worldwide.
On coming back from China he at last learnt to read some Chinese, enough to be able to translate the medical texts which form the foundations of two books Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children and Acupuncture in the Treatment of Eyes.
He started his practice in Brighton where he started the Foundation for Traditional Medicine Children’s clinic, and after a brief spell in Cambridge (England) went to Seattle USA. He came back to live in Bath in 2002, and has been practising there ever since.
His Interest in treating children
His interest in this area was kindled by having children, who inevitably became prey to the normal childhood illness, and the specially vicious bugs that go round kindergardens. The success he had with his own children, and with others in their class soon gave rise to a stream of children coming to his door. This led him to find out more about this neglected area, and to study Chinese texts. Since then about half his patients have been children. He devotes a lot of his energy to teaching parents and practitioners, for as he says: „I am certain that if more people used natural methods of healing, our children would be healthier.“
His Interest in eye diseases
He first became interested in eye problems when a family member was diagnosed with optic atrophy (as it was then known), and was progressively going blind. He was able to help him, through a combination of acupuncture and herbs, and he retained his eyesight for the rest of his life. Since then he has become interested in many different ways of healing eye conditions for which there is little or no conventional treatment. The underlying assumption of all these alternative methods is that the eye is a living part of a living being which has its own healing powers. By bringing energy to the eyes, they are vitalised, and the healing process can begin. The Chinese have recognised this from the very earliest times, and ophthalmology has been a recognised speciality of herbal medicine for many hundreds of years.