Research Groups

mercredi 14 juillet 2010

Research Groups

GRAM (Research Groups in Auriculomedicine) were started in 1996. Their goal was to convene researchers seeking to work together and share their research.

This group was an answer to many necessities :

• Get together to share.
• Submit individual work to the critique of those in the group.
• Continue to develop the research work started by Paul Nogier who opened many avenues which he could unfortunately not finalize as he ran out of time.
• To work as a group on ongoing projects not yet suitable for publication in their current status.

Two basic criteria were essential for the group to work well : openness and tolerance.

Openness meant to allow each group member to express himself/herself even if the topic appears different from the fundamental objectives. This openness allowed us to develop approaches which are more akin to general pulsology than to straightforward Auriculomedicine.

Tolerance meant admitting that “no one is the sole holder of ‘The Truth’, that each may think differently without this fostering confrontation.

With such an approach, the risk and the inconvenience exist that the work will possibly drift into ungrounded theoretical approaches. GRAM being a private group with all members coming in of their own free will, those who did not find the group receptive to their ideas had the option of leaving.

In the end, of the different groups formed, only one actually gelled : GRAMEH, the group dedicated to research the connection between Auriculomedicine and homeopathy. This group too went through its ups and downs mainly caused by the varied and sometimes divergent input vis-à-vis our initial goals, also, for geographical constraints. Over the last few years, a few members of GRAMEH have kept on working together on an informal basis and by keeping in touch and sharing online.

Much in the spirit of Paul Nogier’s way of teaching, this particular group understood the need to keep open and share their works in progress. This one particular Research Group in Auriculomedicine was, in fact, the inspiration for our new Review. ICAMA Review is aiming to recover the spirit Paul Nogier had infused into Auriculomédecine (1975-1984). Like Auriculomédecine, ICAMA Review will be open to practitioners and researchers whose articles will be selected by a committee mandated to ensure that each article is in keeping with the standard stated above.

Essentially, ICAMA Review sees itself as a link between researchers and practitioners ; it wishes to facilitate communication between research groups so as to allow them to share and cooperate more easily. Experience has proven that team work stimulates individuals to discover and contribute new ideas while preserving their originality.
It is quite impossible to embrace new ideas without first having taken part in their development and evaluation.

André Lentz and Jean Norguet



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