Topics covered in this class are:
Philosophy and Theory A thorough look at the various theories and philosophies of traditional Oriental medicine. Discover the fundamentals of Yin/Yang relationships; Qi (also called Chi); the eight principles and five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water); and the relationships of our mind, body and spirit. We’ll review the various factors that impact our health as well.
The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine A world tour of the healing modalities of Chinese medicine. We’ll discuss and demonstrate acupuncture, acupressure and moxibustion, explore the varieties of herbal medicine, experience qi gong exercises and a taste of Chinese tui na (medical massage) and explore the insights of Chinese medicine into nutrition and dietary therapy.
Diagnosis: Tongue, Pulse, and Everything Else “The outer reflects the inner,” and your tongue, pulse, face and body reveal the state of your health to the skilled diagnostician. We discuss the various aspects of tongue and pulse reading and what they signify in terms of Oriental Medicine diagnosis. We’ll also have time to learn and practice the basics on each other. Cultivate your use of senses to explore the four pillars of diagnosis as well as discerning patterns of balance and imbalance in the human body. Plus: the nitty gritty on acupuncture school.
Supporting Your Spleen We will explore each of the major yin organs of Chinese medicine. Learn the basic physiology of each organ and ways to keep it healthy through the use of our large Oriental medical “tool kit.” The spleen is the most important digestive organ in Chinese medical theory. This class will teach you how to live and eat to optimize spleen function and your health, immunity, and energy, as well as introducing herbal remedies and points that strengthen this vital organ. Includes seasonal cooking demo and tasting!
Listening to Your Lungs Oriental medicine views the lungs as not only organs of respiration, but as overseers of the qi of the entire body, regulating functions as diverse as water metabolism and body temperature. After assessing the strength of your lung qi, you’ll get a taste of what Oriental medicine can do to support your lungs. Plus: simple home and patent herbal remedies for the common cold.
Nourishing Your Kidneys The kidneys are the root and foundation of the body, and their vitality is connected to our growth, maturation, sexual function and the grace (or lack thereof) with which we age. Discover practices, foods and herbs which can enhance your kidney energy.
Loving Your Liver The liver is responsible for keeping energy moving in your body and in your psyche. Yet liver energy congestion is one of the most common imbalances we see in the clinic! Learn foods, herbs, points and exercises that you can use to harmonize your liver energy and keep your body, mind and spirit flowing smoothly.
Healing Your Heart In Chinese medicine, the heart is considered the Emperor of all of the organs. It oversees not only circulation but the mind, the spirit, and consciousness itself. The quality of your sleep, too, is directly related to the vitality of your heart. Learn the teachings of Chinese medicine on heart health, and go home with recipes and exercises you can use to heal its imbalances. Plus, we’ll end the class series by having you put together your own treatment plan for the next year, based on our seasonal health teachings
Instructor Bio: Tracy Richardson L. Ac CMQ MSOM is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Manager of the herbal dispensary at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), December of 2010. In the spring of 2008, she became a Certified Medical Qi Gong practitioner, studying with Suzanne Friedman. She also provides macrobiotic counseling and Tui Na massage. Her private practice includes offices in Fairfax and Oakland. Tracy has been teaching Qi Gong since her certification in 2008 she also gives Medical Qi Gong treatments in the professional clinic at AIMC.
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Nishanga Bliss, MSTCM, LAc, DiplAc ”]Nishanga has been studying holistic health for over twenty years, and practicing and teaching Oriental Medicine since 1999. She supervises student interns in the AIMC Berkeley Community Acupuncture Clinic, teaches Oriental Medicine Theory, Diagnosis and Counseling & Psychology classes at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medical College, Berkeley and has a private practice in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the book Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy. Visit her blog at http://gastronicity.blogspot.com/.