Shonishin for Immune Building

August 30, 2020

Raven Lang. L.Ac., O.M.D.

Shonishin Treatment Example

In this video, Raven demonstrates Shonishin for strengthening the lungs. Shonishin is a pediatric method of acupressure, massage, and needling that was developed in Japan and is based upon TCM theories that are 2000 years old. It first came into practice in the 17th century, but in the last 75 years has become the main treatment for children throughout Japan.

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The Cost of Making Hay While the Sun Shines

August 2, 2020

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Formulas and Liniments

During these times of isolation and physical separation, we like to make the best of it and take advantage when an opportunity presents. Sometimes, "Making Hay While the Sun Shines" comes with a cost: unexpected and unwanted aches and pains.

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Facial Acupuncture in a time of Masks

July 19, 2020

Michelle Gellis AP, LAc, MAc DiplAc

Michelle Gellis

Acupuncturist Michelle Gellis discusses how to modify your facial acupuncture protocol during the pandemic to safely continue your treatments, including modification of masks and your office environment. Thank you to FSOMA for allowing us to use a portion of this webinar recording.

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Master Tung's Magic Points in the Aftermath of the Coronavirus

July 17, 2020

Susan Johnson, L.Ac.

Susan Johnson Cupping Treatment

Many acupuncturists are gradually reopening their practices. At the same time, a second wave of COVID-19 is sweeping through the country as people are becoming impatient with sanitation protocols and social distancing. Even while we have compassion for the hardships that the pandemic has created, it is ever more important to safeguard ourselves and our clinics and not let our guard down just because we wish to believe that the crisis is over. This article discusses Cupping and Master Tung points for promoting wellness along with protecting yourself and your practice.

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On the Road to Recovery

July 15, 2020

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Lillium Teapills

As we slowly re-open our clinics, there are a few reasons to feel optimistic while still being cautious and very careful. Whether patients have had the virus or not, bodies, hearts and minds have certainly been stressed more than normal times. In the office, we may see patients that are recovering from milder illnesses as well as new pathologies and possibly aggravations of underlying constitutional conditions. With this in mind, I'd like to share my thoughts on some straightforward prepared herbal formulas to address a variety of clinical pictures you may encounter in the weeks and months ahead.

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Ximena's Dream - Healing at the Border

July 12, 2020

Acupuncturists Without Borders

AWB Border Treatment

AWB made its fourth service trip to Espacio in February, right before CoVid shelter-in-place regulations went into effect. Luckily, we were able to complete a NADA ear acupuncture training for 10 midwives, who are now able to treat patients every day. A new birth center for migrant women has been created, and AWB continues to supply herbs, moxa, and telemedicine training for the midwifery team until we can resume service trips with greater safety. Read about Ximena, a midwife working towards creating an integrated clinic at the border offering bio-medical services and traditional, culturally inclusive healing therapies.

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Blood Stagnation: The Silent Killer Live Broadcast June 30, 2020

June 17, 2020

Michael McCulloch, LAc MPH PhD

Michael McCullochMichael McCulloch, L.Ac., MPH, PhD, Epidemiologist will discuss Blood Stagnation and its deadly effects. This is a LIVE webinar broadcast approved for 2 NCCAOM PDAs and approved for 2 Live CEUs from California Acupuncture Board. The live broadcast will take place on June 30th from 10am-12pm PST.

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Stabilizing Shen and Hun: Insomnia

May 19, 2020

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

Insomnia (bù mèi 不寐, shī mián 失眠) is difficulty sleeping. Insomnia includes inability to sleep, difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking, restlessness at night, a disordered sleep cycle and dream disturbed sleep. In Chinese medicine, insomnia is primarily associated with instability or agitation of the anima, the shén and hún.

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The Chinese Medicine Treatment of Anxiety

May 15, 2020

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. Most people will experience it from time to time as a normal response to the stresses and worries of life. Anxiety becomes a pathological disorder (jiāo lǜ zhèng 焦虑症) when it repeatedly interferes with daily life, is irrational, excessively prolonged or out of proportion with the cause. In Chinese medicine, anxiety is most frequently associated with disorder of the Heart and shén , and to a lesser extent the Liver and Kidneys. 

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Webinar Playback

May 7, 2020

Coronavirus WebinarsMichael McCulloch of the Pine Street Foundation talks about Coronavirus COVID-19 statistics, clinical trials, and ways to support patients using Traditional Chinese Medicine. Watch the March 20th & April 15th webinar recordings for free on our website!

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COVID-19 Webinar 3 CE Course Details Recorded May 14, 2020

May 6, 2020

Michael McCulloch, LAc MPH PhD

Michael McCullochIn the third webinar broadcast in our COVID-19 series, Michael McCulloch, L.Ac., MPH, PhD, Epidemiologist will share updated research regarding traditional Chinese medicine including the recognition of blood stagnation in COVID-19, updates on testing and accuracy, and new innovations in progress. Broadcasting live on May 14 from 10am-12pm PST.

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Damp as a Vector of Pathogenesis

May 5, 2020

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Dampness in LungsDamp is one of the six exogenous pathogenic influences defined in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In English, as an archaic medical term, the word “damp” originally meant “vapor”, “steam" or "smoke", especially that which was harmful or noxious. In this article, we will focus on the concept of Dampness specifically as it relates to Lung health in TCM, particularly in light of the pathogenesis of Damp.

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Understanding How Qi Gong Promotes Health

May 3, 2020

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Qi GongBreathe your way to harmony, balance, health, and well-being. Practicing Qi Gong yourself and teaching it to your patients is one of the most beneficial aspects of Chinese medicine. It can be engaged anywhere and by anyone, including those who are bed-ridden or in a wheelchair. In Qi Gong breathing, the action is focused on the exhale by intentionally contracting the diaphragm and abdominal wall muscles, squeezing out the carbon dioxide until the lungs are empty. Read More

Jade Windscreen Powder (Yu Ping Feng San)

April 20, 2020

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Yu Ping Feng San Jade WindscreenFor countless generations, Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San) has been utilized to address surface deficiency patterns that lead to aversion to wind and frequent invasions of common pathogenic influences. These complaints are the result of surface deficiency due to deficient or unregulated Wei Qi. The etiology of Wei Qi deficiency are manifold and determined by a comprehensive differential diagnosis. The most common causes of deficient Wei Qi include Lung, Spleen and Kidney deficiency patterns.

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COVID-19 Webinar 2 CE Course Details (Recorded April 15, 2020)

April 6, 2020

Michael McCulloch, LAc MPH PhD

Michael McCullochIn the second webinar broadcast in our COVID-19 series, Michael McCulloch, L.Ac., MPH, PhD, Epidemiologist shared new research regarding traditional Chinese medicine herbal prescribing with modern research on antiviral activity of herbs, practical skills acupuncturists can share with their patients, research-based insights into preparing the body to have a more balanced immune response to the virus, and positive news of solutions and innovations in progress. Recorded live on April 15, 2020.

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