An Inspiring heredity

Pauline was married to Dr van Buren who founded the International College of Oriental Medicine in 1972. They had many happy years together (more than 25 years). Dr van Buren has now sadly passed away. However, Pauline has had a unique training over more than 30 years where she was able to observe and participate in his clinical work and development of the college.

The College was founded as a direct result of many students wishing to learn acupuncture from an acknowledged master of this fascinating subject. Originally, the College started in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire but, as it expanded, a new building was found in East Grinstead, Sussex, in 1977. Dr. van Buren, already an osteopath, naturopath and homeopath, began his studies of acupuncture in 1952, travelling to many different countries in the world in order to gain as much knowledge as possible in this field. In 1969, he was awarded a Doctorate of Acupuncture in Taiwan as acknowledgement of his mastery of the subject. In 1972, he founded the International College of Oriental Medicine with branches in England and Holland. Thanks to his pioneering work at that time, other colleges were also founded in Norway and Australia, although these are all now operating independently.

For many years he travelled to different colleges to lecture, set and maintain teaching and clinical standards in acupuncture. Dr. van Buren's unique contribution to Oriental medicine is that he has made the application of the Stems and Branches Theory a practical reality. Knowledge of the Stems and Branches theory gives the student of Oriental medicine an insight into the origin of disease at the deepest level.