Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Blog

Combining Functional Medicine and Chinese Medicine to Treat Common Pediatric Issues by Eva Ross

The beauty of medicine today is that there are so many options!! In our 1 hour webinar with Eva Ross, she talked about the benefits of implementing functional medicine into your practice. Functional medicine is a disciple that combines advanced metabolic testing with clinical medicine. And, by doing this, practitioners can speak to patients in a medical language that they can understand!

One of the main differences between functional medicine and Chinese Medicine is the diagnostic approach. Functional medicine looks at metabolic testing while in Chinese Medicine, we use the Four Pillars - looking, listening/smelling, palpation, and asking.

For more information on functional medicine and possibily integrating it into your practice, catch the archived webinar on our TCM Wisdom Tube by clicking here!

Intro to Essential Tung's Acupuncture Strategies for Internal Medicine and Pain by Dr. Brad Whisnant

It's pretty obvious how popular Master Tung acupuncture points are but it can be confusing to newbies (like me) when there are sooo many different opinions about the location of the point. Plus, the points are labeled by numbers so it's pretty much all code to me! (For example, 88.01, 88.02, 88.03 - how confusing!? What does it mean!)

Luckily, there's Brad Whisnant. =D

Brad is amazing as he combines the different opinions of Master Tung acupuncture locations in a very easy-to-understand format. He also emphasizes HOW VERY IMPORTANT the THEORY is. Don't memorize the thoery but memorize the point. (Ahh-ha!) And the exact location is not extremely important.

In this 1 hour introduction to Brad's full weekend class (3/23/13-3/24/13), he specifically goes over 3 Master Tung acupuncture points/groups - Xiao Jie (Small Joint), Menjin, and headache points. (He shows videos on how to needle these points too!!)

Once you watch the videos, you'll see how easy it is to learn Master Tung acupuncture with Brad!

Pharmaceutical Drug Withdrawal and Chinese Herbal Medicine by Dr. Matt Van Benschoten

Patients with chronic sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, or pain may request assistance in withdrawing from long term use of pharmaceutical medications when side effects or lack of effectiveness become problematic. Benzodiazepines are especially difficult to discontinue, requiring minimal dose reductions over long periods of time. Withdrawal symptoms can include panic attacks, severe insomnia, tremors, confusion, memory loss, muscle pain and stiffness, perceptual changes, mania, hallucinations, seizures, and suicide.

Case Study

Mr. A is a cancer survivor with a history of complex pelvic injury, fracture of pubic bone, diastasis of symphysis pubis, multiple surgical procedures including abdominal surgery to remove a malignant retroperitoneal tumor, spinal surgery to remove a Schwannoma at L5/S1, removal of an angiolipoma from the left buttock, and most recently, pelvic fusion surgery. Patient also suffers from severe hydronephrosis of the right kidney, and chronic kidney stones. He has managed chronic pain and sleep disturbance with Restoril/temazepam, Tramadol, Flexeril, Vicodin, and Oxycodone. He now feels the temazepam is causing neurological problems, and is having severe insomnia from reducing the dose.

Frequent Nocturnal Urination: Differential Pulse Diagnosis & Herbal Treatment by Dr. Jimmy Chang

This course's focus was on frequent urination and how this symptom can show up with other conditions.

Dr. Chang started off with a brief intro on how to take the pulse correctly and then jumped to the pulse signs for frequent urination. The pulse signs depends on the underlying condition the patient has. For example, a bump between right guan and chi indicates a mass or bump hidden in the abdominal area. This mass may push on the bladder causing the frequent urination. And of course, Dr. Chang doesn't disappoint by sharing his herbal recommendations!

And I just had to share with you guys ~ Did you know Long Dan Xie Gan Tang covers all of the Liver Channel? That's what our ancestors used it for.

To catch the archived webinar on the TCM Wisdom Tube and learn more of pulse signs for frequent urination, just click here!


Intro to Top 50 Drugs and Their Herbal Alternatives (2013) by Dr. John Chen

Very interesting webinar with Dr. Chen!!

Today's webinar offered a little insight on what to expect for Dr. Chen's full 8-hour class that's going to happen on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and let's just say, I can't wait!! 

I am very interested in what the top 50 drugs are (up to date) and what are the best herbal alternatives for the drugs. I've heard so many times from friends and family that they're just sick of taking drugs because they know it's bad for their liver (their words, not mine!). And now, I'll get the chance to help them the best I can.

The 1 hour webinar covered the following topics: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Einstein Affirmed Chinese Wisdom by Dr. Yee Wing Tong

This is a MIND BLOWING class you DO NOT want to miss out on!!

This course is a truly monumental breakthrough in science and medicine! Dr. Tong talks about how all physical and mental ailments can be readily reversed and cured by enhancing Chinese medicine with nerve blocks, a therapy he calls Neuro-BioEnergetics.

Dr. Tong also suggests that when following natural laws, you can improve your health, wealth, and even your life and destiny! (What!? Really??) These findings come from Chinese wisdom of Chinese medicine, Daoism, and Buddhism. The secret lies within our mental/spiritual system, the non-physical realm whose energy the Chinese call Qi, which enlivens the physical world. You’ll learn about Qi and its role in shaping our lives in this course and all you have to is to click here to catch the 1 hour recording!

Marijuana Syndromes: Tutorial Facing Clinical Realities by Dr. John Mini

Treating marijuana symptoms is definitely something you don't hear about everyday. Luckily, we have Dr. John Mini to share his clinical experience of treating marijuana syndromes with us!

Did you know that every 10 minutes, someone in NYC is arrested for possession of marijuana?

The problem with the marijuana problem is that nobody recognizes it's a problem until it becomes a problem. And this is a problem!

Here's how you can spot cannabinoid insufficiency disorder:
1. Long-term highly motivated individual
2. Pain
3. Inflammation
4. Digestive issues
5. Anxiety and/or depression

To hear more about how to treat marijuana syndromes, catch the 1 hour recording of Marijuana Syndromes: Tutorial Facing Clinical Realities by clicking here!

Postpartum Complications and Care: Differential Pulse Diagnosis & Herbal Treatment by Dr. Jimmy Chang

When it comes to postpartum care, the Chinese way is a bit different from what the Western world would do. For example, right after giving birth, Western doctors will recommend the new mother to get up and walk around but that is a BIG No-no in Chinese Medicine! Getting up and walking around can lead to infections and other complications.

In this one hour class, Dr. Jimmy Chang shares what he strongly feels is important for a new mother to do after delivering:

Internal Medicine: Herbal Alternatives to Drugs, Gastrointestinal Disorders by Dr. John Chen

The 1 hour webinar with Dr. John Chen on gastrointestinal disorders was a great sneak peek on what to expect for this Sunday's (February 3, 2013) webinar!

During the webinar, Dr. Chen specifically covers Gastric Acid, Peptic Ulcer, and Inflammatory Bowel. For each condition, he talks about the commonly prescribed drugs for each condition. Then, Dr. Chen goes into the different TCM diagnoses and the appropriate formulas to treat the condition. This is a GREAT course to listen to if you or your patients are experiencing these conditions and want to move away from prescription drugs. 

This Sunday, on February 3, Dr. Chen will be covering these topics also:

  • Infection
  • Immune disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Clotting disorders

To listen in on the 1 hour preview to Internal Medicine: Herbal Alternatives to Drugs, Part I, click here!

To register for an upcoming webinar, click here!


For more great and FREE recordings of past 1-hr webinars, click here for the TCM Wisdom Tube!

Intro to Comprehensive Examination and Treatment of TCM Internal Disorders by Dr. Jeffrey Russell

This 1 hour webinar with Jeffrey Russell can really get you thinking! As you may know, people are very unique and complicated creatures so when sickness occurs, there really isn't a cookbook recipe on how to treat the condition. Sheer luck may work for acute conditions but for the really complicated stuff, you really need to think about the root cause(s). And this is what Jeffrey talks about in the webinar. He wanted to really get us to understand that as a practiitoner, you have to look at the BIG PICTURE!! And it's very important to find great teachers!!

Once you let go of limitations of your education and find a teacher and learn as much as you can, you are able to start "putting it all together"!

What an inspirational webinar and I really cannot wait for the full day course on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Jeffrey will integrate his knowledge of pulse diagnosis and herbal prescription from Dr. Jimmy Chang and Master Tung acupuncutre into a comprehensive examination and treatment plan.

And if you'd like to watch the 1 hour preview of Intro to Comprehensive Examination and Treatment of TCM Internal Disorder, click here!


For more great and FREE recordings of past 1-hr webinars, click here for the TCM Wisdom Tube!

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