Fifty years ago Stems and Branches Acupuncture came within a hairs breadth of being permanently lost to the world, the communist government of China under Chairman Mao had introduced what is known as TCM (traditional chinese medicine), the Chinese government threatened Stems and Branches not least because its philosophy was based on ancient Taoist principles that were considered religious by Mao’s secular government. Of course the philosophy is not in any way religious, it is based on the Five elements which itself derives from yin yang theory. As a consequence the philosophy moved west. In the sixties DR JD Van Buren had learned about Stems and Branches from many years studying in the orient. He returned to Europe, founded a college in Holland, and started teaching these ancient principles. He dedicated his life to maintaining the knowledge in its pristine purity. Fifty years later there are Stems and Branches colleges in Holland, England, Israel, Finland and Sweden. I am one of a few thousand practitioners spread throughout Europe dedicated to keeping this style of Acupuncture alive. I play my part in the continuing renaissance of Stems and Branches, the most ancient style of Acupuncture in existence.