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45th Parallel Chinese Medicine Conference 2017
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Connections Between Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy
Classical Chinese Medicine is based on the vitalistic belief that the body has both the spiritual and physical resources within itself to heal. Of all western medical traditions, homeopathy shares this core tenant and the belief that the body just needs to be stimulated to react, and this healing at the level of body, mind, and spirit will occur. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, noted that sometimes patients would relapse into ill health even after apparent cure. He developed the concept of Miasm as an explanation of a hidden chronic disease. The 4 Miasms commonly discussed: Psora, Sycosis, Tuberculosis, and Syphilitic bear some similarity to the 6 conformation theory discussed by Zhang Zhongjing in the Shang Han Lun.
Through comparing these two theories we can expand our ability to diagnose our patients, and further expand our treatment approaches to assist in supporting our patients back to health.
David Berkshire, MAc, LAc
Heart and Brain: Water, Fire, and the Ko Cycle
Five element cartography is an effective and unique system of medicine that diagnoses and treats the cause of disease. David Ford explains and promotes the idea of elemental balance with the patient and their surroundings. In standard TCM teaching, the Ko cycle is taught as a cycle of restraint and control.
This presentation re-examines this idea and re-frames Ko as the force for balance and harmony. Participants will be presented with a method for mapping the elements within their patients to identify imbalances and restore harmony through treatment.
David Ford, LAc
Gentle Acupuncture and Manual Therapies for Chronic Lyme Disease
Chronic Lyme disease over time exhausts the yang and yin of a patient. From a modern perspective the nervous system of these patients is under attack, and it does not serve them to use strongly stimulating techniques—not
with needles, not with moxa, not with bodywork. We need instead to utilize far gentler methods. We can switch to 42 or even 44 gauge needles and insert them only superficially for a short time. Beyond there are surface techniques
with a teishin or enshin that are very helpful. What can be done without learning whole new systems of acupuncture? As it turns out, a lot can be accomplished
just by adjusting what we already do, but we do need to tone our typical approach down, and we need to learn to trust subtler systems of assessment so that we know we are on the right track. I will teach abdominal assessment
and forearm assessment so that a clear idea of five-phase imbalances can be determined. With this assessment in mind we can choose appropriate treatment points, e.g., source points for the phases that are shown to be deficient.
Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc
Essential External Applications of Chinese Herbs
This presentations offers an overview of external applications of Chinese herbs. Because this is a vast subject, the goal of this presentation is to introduce the concepts behind external applications, introduce several common application methods such as daubing powders, applying soaks, washes and compresses, and applying soft plasters. In addition, we introduce the method of preparation and method of usage of several of the methods of external application including Ru Yi Jin Huang San, Bing Peng San, and Da Huang Di Yu San. While the majority of the discussions will target dermatological disorders or treatment of sprains, strains, and contusions. This presentation also includes some external applications for the treatment of internal disorders.
Immunology and the Bioenergetic Anatomy
The Immune System’ was an outgrowth of understanding the treatment of AIDS. Contemporary epidemics of cancer, some causes of diabetes, and auto-immune diseases have a clear basis in the murky world of immunity. Environmental pollution from chemical, parasitical and nuclear radiation sources pose growing challenges for global health. Chinese medicine–particularly its classical reservoirs–can provide a more accurate understanding for all pracitioners and researchers with what is going on in the body in response to these unprecedented conditions. Contemporary Chinese treatment methods, particularly overlooked non-needle techniques, afford practitioners and patients with empowering tools for direct investigation and treatment of all immune conditions.
Roger Batchelor, DAOM, LAc
Common Uses for Uncommon Herbs and Uncommon Uses for Common Herbs
Over the history of Chinese medicine some unique uses of specific herbs have developed. Some of these uses are typically not found in English language texts and some are never or rarely seen even in modern Chinese texts. This presentation discusses some of these uses and gives the background information necessary to enable practitioners to apply these unique and effective herbs in situations for which they may or may not have previously considered them. Further, this presentations covers some less commonly used herbs that are particularly useful for disorders that we frequently see in the clinic. This presentations emphasizes clinical utility and aims to give participants information that will be immediately application to their practices. It includes both internal and external uses for the herbs.
Understanding Classical Case Studies
The modern practice of Chinese medicine can be quite neglectful of classic historical case studies. In this, language barriers are perhaps the biggest problem for a western audience. In this presentation, a number of previously untranslated acupuncture and herbal case studies are presented and analyzed for the modern clinician. Attention is given to how these case studies inform the practitioner and how the underlying epistemology is different but still informative from a clinical perspective. For each case, a simple introduction to the historical background of the time the case was written is given to better contextualize the material.
Brenda Hood, PhD, LAc
Gu Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Conditions
Gu Syndrome is a chronic inflammatory syndrome involving an autoimmune reaction and/or simultaneous infections by many different pathogens or parasites such as funguses, viruses and spirochetes. These simultaneous infections thrive upon each other’s existence and symbiotically assist each other in the process of feeding on the infected person. This presentation gives an overview of different manifestations of Gu Syndrome, describes the history of Gy Syndome in classical Chinese medical texts, and describes different treatments for Gu Syndrome such as the application of Chinese Herbs and adherence to an anti-inflammatory diet.
Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc