portraitDoctor Manola Souvanlasy-Abhay began her studies in 1973 in Laos, once known as the "Land of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol." At the time, Laos was still considered a French protectorate. In May of 1975, following the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy by the Laotian Communist Party -- the Pathet Lao -- Doctor Manola Souvanlasy-Abhay and her family, their hearts breaking, were forced to flee their beloved country and request political asylum in France. In 1976, she continued her medical studies in Rennes, and in 1979 at the Pierre and Marie Curie University and the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. She defended her thesis for the Doctor of Medicine degree (in Western medicine) at the Trousseau Hospital in 1984, and began working as a general practitioner that same year.

In 1986, a devastating and tragic event occurred that was to forever mark her as a woman, a mother, and a doctor. Her mother, Doctor Maniso Abhay-Phansavath, died of metatastatic pancreatic cancer, in the space of just six months, at the age of 56. Docteur Maniso, originally a midwife, had become, in 1965, the first Laotian woman to receive a medical degree. The emotional trauma of losing her mother profoundly shook her convictions, and her unquestioning faith in the scientific medicine of the West, to which she had devoted so much effort, and which had demanded competitiveness, endurance and many sacrifices. Doctor Manola then entered into an extended period of mourning, during which she questioned both herself and Western medicine... She had taken her first step onto a spiritual and emotional path towards another kind of medicine, one that she has now been following for nearly 28 years.

Dr Manola Souvanlasy-Abhay turned to traditional Chinese medicine to find answers that would help her understand the deep, underlying causes for her mother's cancer. And so she began studying once again, learning acupuncture at ARMA (Research Association for Asian Medicine), whose director was Dr.Daisy Tran. From 1990 to 1993, she underwent training at ESMC (School of Chinese Medicine), whose director was Professor Eric Marié. From 1994 to 1997, she studied Internal Medicine and Gynecology at the Chu Zhen Institute in Paris, where she met experienced Chinese professors who had come from China specifically to teach French students. These stimulating encounters would prove to be very fruitful.

Dr Manola Souvanlasy-Abhay turned to traditional Chinese medicine to find answers that would help her understand the deep, underlying causes for her mother's cancer


In 2004, at the request of Dr. Denis Colin, she became a faculty member at the University of Bobigny in Paris. She taught acupuncture as part of a young, dynamic and motivated team, and was passionate about increasing the understanding and recognition of traditional Chinese medicine in France.

[To be translated] A partir de 2014, l’enseignement de la médecine chinoise se déroulera à l’université de sciences d’Evry dans l’Essonne. Cet enseignement universitaire ouvre la voie de la reconnaissance légale la médecine chinoise en France sous la forme d’un DIU (diplôme interuniversitaire) Obstétrical pour les sages- femmes et d’une CAPA (capacité en acupuncture) pour les médecins généralistes.

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Author of "Chinese Energetic Medicine Integrated with Nutritional and Functional Western Medicine: The Bridge Between East and West" (La médecine énergétique chinoise intégrée à la médecine nutritionnelle et fonctionnelle occidentale, le pont entre l’orient et l’occident), published by Editions Dangles on October 10, 2010. This book examines Chinese thought and its holistic nature (synthesis) as a starting point and goes on to explore the specifically scientific nature of Western thought (analysis), emphasizing the powerful way in which these two medical approaches can complement and enhance each other.

Rather than placing these two apparently incompatible systems of medical thought in opposition to each other, this bridge is an opportunity to reconcile one with the other in the interest of life, health and mankind.