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July 9, 2020

TCM and COVID-19: What Every Practitioner Should Know (Part 2)

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AIMC student Erin Stewart spoke to Dr. Michael McCulloch, a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, about how acupuncturists and TCM practitioners can be best prepared to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. See what he had to say in part one of the interview here.

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your acupuncturist, physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or local emergency number immediately.

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June 20, 2020

Flower Essences at the Summer Solstice

Gentle Messages for the Heart

Flower Essences: Gentle Messages for the Heart Ruler

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest and brightest day of the year. Summer is the
season of Sun and Light, and the Heart. In Chinese Medicine, the Heart is the Ruler that sits on our inner
throne and ensures harmony in our world. Just as in ancient China, when it was rare to actually glimpse
the revered Emperor, our own Heart Ruler is a behind the scenes presence that rules not through force,
but gently, effortlessly, through the quality we refer to as Wu-Wei. Thus, we approach the Heart Ruler
gently and reverently. For this reason, the Heart channel and Heart Back Shu points were classically
forbidden to needle. The approach is too direct. Approaching …

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June 19, 2020

Zine: Acupuncture as Activism by Maya Zitrin

A look at the movement & The Black Panther Party's fight to bring health to the BIPOC community

Follow the link below to open a PDF of the zine “Acupuncture as Activism: A look at the movement & the Black Panther Party’s fight to bring health to the BIPOC community”. For her Public Health coursework, Maya Zitrin created this zine about discrimination & racism in healthcare and how the Black Panther Party and other activists fought for public health initiatives in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It provides a historical roadmap of healthcare injustices towards communities of color and specifically Black people in the U.S.– and also an inspiring glimpse into grassroots healthcare projects from the Young Lords, the Black Panthers, and other activist organizations.

THE ZINE: ACUPUNCTURE IS ACTIVISM

“Too often black history is limited to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama, …

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June 18, 2020

Part I: TCM and COVID-19, What Every Practitioner Should Know

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“Predict, prepare, be ready”- the mantra of Dr. Michael McCulloch, LAc., MPH, PhD. in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your acupuncturist, physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or local emergency number immediately.

A Two Part Interview with Dr. Michael McCulloch, LAc, MPH, PhD.

“Predict, prepare, be ready” is the mantra of Dr. Michael McCulloch in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A licensed acupuncturist who holds a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, Dr. McCulloch is uniquely positioned to provide our profession some much needed guidance as we continue to forge …

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June 8, 2020

AIMC Berkeley Presidential Statement & Anti-Racism Action Plan

AIMC, Berkeley’s President Yasuo Tanaka issued the following statement today (June 8th, 2020):

During this challenging time, please know that AIMC Berkeley firmly stands by its founding principles of diversity and inclusion and that the administration is fully committed to addressing the need for action. AIMC Berkeley condemns racism, injustice, and violence.

Over the past 3,000 years, our medicine has fought against various forms of pathogens in an effort to protect the health, well-being, and lives of those we treat. We are currently faced with two horrifying pathogens simultaneously – the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic of continued racism and discrimination. While one is considered novel, the other has always existed, infesting our way of life, our society, and our well-being. The senseless killing of George Floyd …

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June 2, 2020

Pediatric Acupuncture at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

AIMC Graduate Robyn "Ra" Adcock shares her experience working with children within a hospital setting.

In this interview, AIMC graduate Ra shares her experience using the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, what she calls “Acu-therapy,” at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Ra’s day-to-day in the hospital keeps her on her toes as she offers pain relief and palliative care to a wide range of pediatric patients from neonates to young adults. In addition to her usual work in the hospital, they discuss her experience as a clinician doing Telemedicine during Covid 19 & returning to work with the hospital’s new protective protocols. Ra’s expertise working in an integrative setting and blending the wisdom of Western and Eastern medical knowledge are on full display in this fun interview.

Pediatric Acupuncture in the Modern Hospital Setting, with Dr. Robyn "Ra" Adcock, LAc, DACM

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May 21, 2020

Roses, Beautiful & Medicinal

Roses are more than meets the eye; they're part of the Chinese Medicine cabinet.

There is no flower as celebrated as Rose. Poets and romantics throughout time have sung its sweet songs. Rose is a flower of delight and sweetness, and that sweetness actually has a medicine and purpose in Traditional Chinese Herbalism.

Roses in Springtime

Its no coincidence that Rose (Mei Gui Hua) blooms in spring, the season of the Liver organ. Because spring corresponds to the Liver, during this time of the year people are more likely to experience ailments associated with Liver qi stagnation: stress, moodiness and irritability, depression, headaches, PMS, digestive issues, and an overall lack of smoothness and ease in the body. It just so happens that Rose is a wonderful remedy to help smooth out stuck Liver qi, de-stress, and harmonize the body …

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May 7, 2020

Recipe from the Herbal Pharmacy: Pickled Burdock Root for Spring Health

Burdock root is a beautiful spring food that is both nutritive and detoxifying. In TCM, we use Burdock seeds, Niu Bang Zi, to vent early stage cold and flu from the body and treat sore throats. The root, able to penetrate more deeply into the body, cleans the blood and vents out deeper held toxins and impurities.

In springtime, the bodies’ energy is moving up and out from the deep yin storage time of winter. Just like plants, our energy is now moving upwards and outwards to create new growth. When this happens, we can see pathogenic energy that was hidden in winter come to the surface along with it. This could look like a replay of old illnesses, old emotions, or old fears and thoughts….

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May 6, 2020

Herban Herb Walk: Chinese Medicinal Herbs in the City

Do your landscaping plants have medicine to offer?

Athene is back with another installment of our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy Video Blog!

People and plants are always in communication- the plants we choose to grow in our yards are often
those that have a medicine to offer us. And, a great many of our common landscaping plants are actually
Chinese medicinal herbs. In this “Herban” walk, we explore the medicinal Chinese Herbs growing in
downtown Berkeley.

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April 5, 2020

California Wild Herb Walk

Welcome to the AIMC Herb Pharmacy Video Blog!

Welcome to the first AIMC Herb Pharmacy Video Blog!

Join us here every week for fun and informative herbal talks with our Herbal Pharmacy Director,
Athene Eisenhardt, L.Ac.

“I love leading herb walks! There’s nothing more special than connecting with medicine plants in their native habitat. I couldn’t do it in person this year, so this video blog is my offering to you instead!

In this video, we take an integrative native herb walk in the California hills, exploring California native medicine plants in the context of Taoist 5 Elements and Traditional Chinese Herbalism.” -Athene

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