"dr. rui pedro loureiro residency at pure seven"
It’s this fascinating combination of cause and effect that first lured Dr. Rui Pedro Loureiro to study Traditional Chinese Medicine – that and an aversion to office life. “After I finished my mathematics major, I realised I wasn’t someone who was supposed to spend his life at a computer,” he recalls. “I’m a people person, and I want to heal people.” An internationally revered TCM doctor and licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Loureiro is the head of the Chinese Medicine Department at St Louis Hospital in Lisbon, and this summer, from September 1 to 10, 2019, he’s hosting a visiting practitioner residency in our wellness centre, Pure Seven, where he’ll throw open his doors to islanders and visitors alike.
“For me, TCM is like a mental chess game,” he explains. “You put a needle in the hand and it treats the head – it’s like a magic trick.” Though of course, this particular kind of sorcery is based on generations and generations of knowledge, built slowly, brick by brick. It was Dr Loureiro’s desire to immerse himself in that which led to over two decades of dedicated study. “For the past 20 years I’ve done nothing but work and research,” he says. “Even thought the practice is 4,500 years old, I still discover new things.” Small wonder he’s as enthralled by the practice now as when he first started.
During his residency at 7Pines Resort Ibiza, Dr Loureiro will host a series of tailored, one-to-one sessions designed to meet the needs of each individual. “I don’t treat illness, I treat people,” he explains. “I collect data about symptoms and lifestyle and try to understand the source of the problem.” Once he’s figured out what the issue could be, he approaches it holistically. “We’re not concerned by one symptom,” he says. “The body is already telling the story about the patient’s illness so now we need to rebalance that. Fortunately, TCM is very good at getting to the source.”
And so is Dr Loureiro, who is widely regarded as one of the very best in his field. “My speciality in Lisbon is diagnostics,” he smiles. “All the difficult cases come to me because I like trying to solve the puzzle.” This means that during sessions you’re in very experienced hands – whether it’s a medical problem you want to discuss, or you’re simply looking for an aesthetic freshen up. Treatments during his tenure include acupuncture for any problem, facial rejuvenation, anti-cellulite treatment, full epigenetic test, and a quit smoking for life program which minimises cravings and simultaneously soothes the nervous system, with unparalleled results.