with Elisa RossiSee In Store
To us westerners it looks as a reductive over-simplification that in Chinese medical tradition there are only 5 or 7 emotions and that they do not seem to consider all the other sentiments, as hate, envy, jealousy, attachment, aggressiveness, shame, fault, regret, avarice, etc.
It is the result of recognizing the essential, of going to the root, to the core, into the heart of the primary emotions.
Chinese Medicine sees emotions as physiological events, a response of our qi and shen to what comes from the outside world. But excessive emotions are harmful: “Desires without limits and worries without end consume jing, coagulate ying qi and expel wei qi; then the shen leaves and the disease is not curable” (Suwen, ch.14) and “When euphoria and anger are not regulated, they will injure the organs, when organs are injured, illness originates in the yin” (Lingshu, ch.66).
Emotions, internal movements, affect qi. If qi does not move properly we can have qi stagnation, blood stasis, accumulation of dampness and phlegm, transformation into Fire and internal Wind, etc. Yin, blood, and jing are injured.
Sadness consumes qi, euphoria scatters the shen, thought and worry knot the flow of qi, anger rises it up, fear does not contain it.
How to recognize the single emotions in patients and in the therapeutic encounter.
Detailed clinical examples help to recognize different patterns and how to use the “shen-axis” points combination.
Elisa Rossi PhD, MD, is a Psychiatrist, Acupuncturist, and Licensed Psychotherapist. In 1994 Elisa co-founded the School of TCM “MediCina” and from 2006 she is member of Milan Medical Board for Non-Conventional Medicine. Elisa has written numerous books and has lectured extensively around the world.
with Peter FirebraceSee In Store See Entire Series *
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A detailed study of the heart and the kidneys, the north-south, jing-shen axis of Chinese medicine. Linked with fire and water, li and kan, the exchange between these two organs has always been considered of prime importance for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, from fertility to longevity in tranquility and serenity. We will study the Daoist, alchemical and medical aspects of the heart and the kidneys from ancient texts and images and crystalize this knowledge into useful clinical practice by studying key points on the heart, kidney and other meridians from Shen Feng, Spirit Seal (Kid 23) to Shen Men, Spirit Gate (Ht 7), from Ming Men, Gate of Destiny (Du 4) to Zi Hu Door of the Child (Kid 13). Restoring the Shao Yin interweaving of heart and kidneys, the cooling and warming of midnight and noon, the retreat and resurgence of December and June, restores brightness to the mind, peace to the heart, strength to the body and resilience to the spirit.
A graduate of the International College of Oriental Medicine, Peter Firebrace, FBAcC, has extensively studied TCM and Chinese language and philosophy. He was a co-founder of Monkey Press, teaches internationally, and also produces songs and poems on topics pertaining to TCM. Peter is in the process of setting up Guan Academy of Chinese Medicine for online teaching.
with Kiiko MatsumotoSee In Store
The Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex has been the focus of studies that try to understand the brain’s role in chronic pain. Thanks to fMRI imaging, this walnut sized area of the brain has been shown to change in patients with chronic pain-it becomes thinner. Once the pain has been resolved, follow-up imaging studies show that the thickness of the cortex in this area of the brain increases, thus resembling the DLPFC of healthy individuals.
In addition to pain, DLPFC also shows changes in association with emotional and psychological reactions-specifically anxiety, fear and depression.
The area of the scalp directly over the DLPFC contains a number of acupuncture points that, upon close study of the characters used to name them, reveals an interesting connection with the functions of this region of the brain.
This course explores the clinical significance of including these acupuncture points in cases of chronic pain, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, and several digestive disorders including IBS. Sympathetic dominance patterns can also benefit from using these acupuncture points.
Kiiko Matsumoto is a licensed acupuncturist, internationally recognized for her scholarly work interpreting the Chinese Classics and her unique and practical acupuncture style that integrates the work of important Japanese masters. An author on numerous acupuncture texts, she maintains a private practice in Boston and frequently lectures around the world.
with Subhuti DharmanandaSee In Store
Part 1: Introductory Presentation - Clinical Results in an Adjunct Cancer Therapies Program
Several significant developments in chemotherapy and radiation treatments in recent years have improved the tolerance for those medical therapies, yet many cancer patients still struggle with prolonged experience of debilitating symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers possibilities to reduce the severity of the side effects. In China, one of the medical reform goals of the highly active TCM research phase (1960s-1980s) was to utilize TCM in new and effective ways. For cancer patients, the concept of “supporting normality” (fuzheng) was promoted, relying on herbal tonification therapy and supported by use of acupuncture. At the Immune Enhancement Project (IEP) in Portland, Oregon, these methods were adapted to modern western conditions, and several hundred cancer patients have been so treated during a period of nearly twenty years. Effects of the project are revealed by oncologists who express surprise at how well their patients had managed through the course of medical therapies and by the increasing referrals to the program from physicians and nurses working with cancer patients. The program methods, with special reference to the use of acupuncture, will be described.
Part 2: Treatment Framework - Five-Zone Acupuncture and Six-Actions Herb Prescribing for Adjunct Cancer Therapy
Five zone acupuncture emerged from treatment of shen disorders (spirit/mind/brain functional disturbances) and was one of the most commonly used approaches at the IEP Clinic for supporting patients undergoing cancer therapies. Acupuncture point selection focuses on the head/neck and bilateral transport regions: from elbow to fingers and from knee to toes which unites the neural networks and restores normality. A foundational needling set includes a subgroup called New Twenty Needles (to expand upon Old Ten Needles). The six-actions herb method is based on the methods of tonifying qi, nourishing blood, smoothing the flow of qi, enlivening the circulation of blood, raising clear qi to the head, and benefiting the marrow. This recording details these therapies so that you will be empowered to support your patients who may be contending with a cancer diagnosis.
Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., established the Institute for Traditional Medicine and Preventive Health Care (ITM) in 1979 to promote education, research, and charitable works in the field of traditional medicine systems. With a background in science and herb prescribing, he is able to organize the formats for the clinics, and he has produced many articles on subjects pertaining to TCM and herbs.
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Class 17: Disturbed Shen
This will be session 17 of 22 classes that are arranged by subject. In this session, students will cover 11 herbal formulas for the treatment of Disturbed Shen. The student will learn about the disease category, its TCM differentiations, and clinical points in choosing and applying the herbal formulas.
This class is 2 hours. A downloadable MP3 audio file, as well as a complete handout, quiz, evaluation (and program worksheet for those requiring NCCAOM PDAs) will be provided.
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in Chinese herbal medicine and Japanese acupuncture; a recipient of the Acupuncturist of the Year award, he maintains a private practice, teaches internationally, and is the author of several books on TCM and Chinese herbal formulas and products.
Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., established the Institute for Traditional Medicine and Preventive Health Care (ITM) in 1979 to promote education, research...
A graduate of the International College of Oriental Medicine, Peter Firebrace, FBAcC, has extensively studied TCM and Chinese language and philosophy....
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in Chinese herbal medicine and Japanese acupuncture; a recipient of the Acupuncturist of the Year award, h...
Kiiko Matsumoto is a licensed acupuncturist, internationally recognized for her scholarly work interpreting the Chinese Classics and her unique and pr...