I’m so glad to have the website launched so I can get back to the business of talking about Chinese medicine in this blog! About six years ago, I wrote a blog post about E Zhu and San Leng. Over time, I’ve only come to appreciate these herbs more and more. Recently I treated a woman who had a history of severe dysmenorrhea since menarche. This was the kind of painful menstruation that leaves a woman unable to function. In cases of severe dysmenorrhea, I always ask if there are any meat-like or tissue-like clots in the menstruate. I also ask if there is relief of pain upon discharging one of these clots. In her case the answer was yes to both of these questions. This was a clear case of membranous dysmenorrhea. She did not have any craving for warmth or aversion to cold related to her menstruation. Typically she would start to have pain and water retention starting a week and a half before her menstruation. 2 weeks before the start of her menstruation I gave her a formula to vitalize the blood, disolve masses and stop pain. The formula included E Zhu and San Leng as well as Xu Duan to direct the formula to her uterus. There were no herbs to disinhibit water. When I [...]
I've been working hard to create the new White Pine website. It has now been launched! This means that registration is open for the 2018 Graduate Mentorship Program. The new program will take place through a learning management system called Canvas. I am just so excited by the possibilities that this new platform offers. It is user-friendly and rich with interactive content. You'll be hearing more about the new course so stay tuned.
I am calling it Ancient Ponies Farm, after my two Dales Ponies, Japser and Spencer, who will be gracing this farm with their presence soon.
Dr. Arnaud Versluys and the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine will be launching their flagship East Coast branch in Boston, beginning June 3-4 2017.
I use these techniques with every patient and have been amazed by the amount of feedback I receive and how it's led me to use points and channels I would have otherwise overlooked.
This has been my area of study since I first really got it back in 1999: we are not taught to diagnose in our Chinese medical educations.
Engaging Vitality, Module 1 October 15-16, 2016, in Amherst, MA at White Pine Healing Arts 13 CEU’s Available This will be the first weekend of a three-weekend series. It will be a hands-on introduction to a variety of palpation techniques that put you directly in touch with your patients’ qi. These techniques originated in the world of Osteopathic Medicine, and when incorporated into the practice of East Asian Medicine and Acupuncture, they allow you to get more information and understanding every time you put your hands on a patient. They compliment pulse diagnosis and abdominal diagnosis, but give you a fuller picture, and more directly inform your choice of channels and effective points for treatment. I was introduced to this material in 2000, by Dan Bensky, when I started as a student SIOM. There are many palpatory tools that are part of the Engaging Vitality system and though I worked with some of them from early on in my practice, they didn’t all come together in an organized and meaningful way until Dan Bensky, Chip Chase and Marguerite Dinkins reformulated their methods of teaching into the current three-weekend Engaging Vitality program in 2012. That year, I attended all three classes in Portland, OR, and began to use the all of the material every day in my practice. I have since hosted [...]
One of the practitioners at White Pine Healing Arts, Jack Radner, is offering the Module I of the Engaging Vitality course here in Amherst this October. You can download the Engaging Vitality Flyer here. You can get more information at the website, www.EngagingVitality.com and also contact Jack directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past year, I have been applying the techniques I learned, and I have continually been both surprised and inspired by the way EV has deepened my practice.
Our library is full to the brim with excellent free study opportunities that can help prepare students for the autumn start of the GMP. So what is there?