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Words from the Founder of Crane Medicine


My experiences with Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.) came about in an unlikely way in North America. I began learning of it through the Okinawan art of Karate. Before the modernization of many asian countries martial art teachers were like scholar warriors, they often functioned as town doctors as well as martial artists. In fact, you are hard pressed to find a famous T.C.M. Doctor who wasn't a martial artist or vice versa. I started training when I was about 12 years old, and I wanted to learn how to defend myself. However, I quickly learned that a true martial way had little to do with fighting. It's difficult to explain what my early training was like, because as much as my teacher was like a Mr. Miyagi of sorts, he was also a true slave driver. A lot of sweat and physical effort went into the way I understand T.C.M. Before I knew what I was into I was holding very difficult stances, doing unique push ups, and finding inner calm with breathing techniques.

With no schools for T.C.M. and an incredibly low level of media exposure, I had dreams of one day helping people as a T.C.M. Doctor. I had met masters of martial art that were also Doctors; they appeared to go hand in hand. I plunged into the Toronto Chinatown in order to learn to speak Chinese languages, deal with herb shop owners and other martial artists. Since then my passion for medicine has taken me across the country interning with some of the best T.C.M. Doctors in Canada.  In May of 2006 I graduated from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Canada's first T.C.M. school.  This school was regulated by the province of British Columbia.  In late 2006 I was invited to be a peer-reviewer for Oxford University Press at their journal eCAM. Oxford eCAM is a medical journal for evidence based complimentary and alternative medicine (eCAM). My invitation was to review material associated with Nitric Oxide. I love medicine in all its forms. I am not exclusively versed or interested in "natural" medicine. My goal is to help people be happier and healthier regardless of the road it takes to get there.

In 2013 I became a member of the The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.  This College works in consultation with the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure the public has access to safe, competent and ethical services from qualified traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) professionals.


David R.H. Lloyd, R.Ac, R.TCMP


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