November 27, 2017
The weekend of October 7th and 8th, Daiki Takahashi, Saori Tasaka, and Tisha Mallon L.Ac held a Shakuju therapy (SJT) Training Seminar at AIMC-Berkeley. Over 20 participants attended from all over the country to learn the theory and hand-on techniques of SJT, as well as abdominal diagnosis, contact needling, moxibustion, bloodletting, and how to perform root treatment.
SJT was developed by master Shoji Kobayashi over 40 years ago in Japan. He is known for his deep inquiry into the I-Ching and the Classic texts, and for applying effective comprehensive treatments to the most difficult cases. As a teacher he tried to find a system that students could acquire within a 3-year course which would treat patients with positive effect. The system of SJT is organized in …
September 28, 2017
Heidi Hellmuth happens to spot AIMC President Yasuo Tanaka taking a walk along the Embarcadero and offers him a ride in her gold pedi-cab.
On any given Saturday, you can find Heidi H. along San Francisco’s Embarcadero pointing out the sights to her passengers as she leans into her pedals and the bicycle’s chains on her Gold-colored pedi-cab whir. You can imagine her pointing, there—that’s the Ferry Building, the Baseball Stadium, the Golden Gate Bridge….
It’s not only San Francisco’s skyscrapers jutting into the sky, with its gauze of clouds, that cuts quite a figure. It’s also Hellmuth herself.
Six years ago, the Fall 2014 AIMC Berkeley student had a bad accident. In 2011, Heidi was helping restore a historic villa in Tuscany and that’s when she sustained …
September 21, 2017
How often do you see those words together? Some of us equate them with one person in particular: Peg Schafer. Peg Schafer runs the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm out in Petaluma. Since 1997 her desire has been to grow “the highest quality and most efficacious Chinese herbs possible”. As future practitioners, what more could we ask?
On July 29th, a beautiful summer’s morn, a group of AIMC students, including two student council members, made our first field trip to Petaluma* to visit and see what the future of Chinese herbs could be…
Students are familiar with Chinese herbs in the form of plant parts that appear in our herbal pharmacy, generally from China. However, the plants themselves are seldom encountered. Some appear in …
September 13, 2017
A class of twenty completed the Medical Qi Gong certification program led by Suzannah Stason LAc, CMQ this past summer. The program included six modules spanning over the length of a year. With the momentum of the resounding success of this graduating class, the program is being offered again, beginning with module one on September 16-17, 2017.
The practice of Medical Qi Gong is one of the original branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the West, we often think of just acupuncture but when we look at Traditional Chinese medicine as a whole system, we see the many aspects that it addresses from the internal medicine that herbal formulas provides, the qi cultivation and regulation that qi gong provides and the balancing aspects of acupuncture.
Medical qi …
I have been to a few festivals, but never to one this big, and never to one occurring during a total solar eclipse. All I knew about the Symbiosis festival was from a friend—a farmer in Oregon and an SF native, who called it a mini burning man and a sanctuary of the mind. After finishing my first term of acupuncture and Chinese medicine school, I felt myself moving forward on a path leading toward complete connected-ness with the earth, life and being, and with the universe, death and knowing.
I was thinking in terms of Yin and Yang, everything was becoming Yin or Yang. So I knew seeing the eclipse in totality would be the ultimate Yin Yang experience and I needed to be there. …
August 11, 2017
During the weekend of July 29th and 30th, twenty-two participants studied with Teishin master, Takahiro Funamizu, and learned how to treat psychiatric mental health disorders using Japanese contact needling technique. Funamizu Sensei made a special visit to AIMC Berkeley, to teach this weekend continuing education seminar. He traveled from Tokyo, Japan, where he is an esteemed faculty member at Tokyo Therapeutic Institute, one of the oldest acupuncture schools in Japan and the only school in the entire country that teaches Teishin in their curriculum.
After the devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake in 2011, Japan was overrun with many deaths, injuries, and destruction. Many places were without running water and electricity for weeks, and needless to say, the earthquake survivors were constantly on edge, coping with huge …
August 8, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to represent the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC), Berkeley at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine’s “Symposium on the Potential of Chinese Medicine in the U.S. Healthcare System”.
The purpose of the Symposium—I believe UCLA’s first on the subject—held on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 was to bring together professionals in Chinese medicine, integrative medicine, and public health to discuss the potential and challenges of Chinese medicine in the United States.
Dr. Qi Zhang, head of the traditional medicine unit at the World Health Organization (WHO) gave the keynote speech addressing his organization’s role in “strengthening integrated, people-centered health services” in 2017 and beyond. He also discussed the WHO’s current work in developing a traditional medicine chapter in the ICD-11, the eleventh …
July 13, 2017
New developments in the acupuncture field and how they will affect our students were topics covered at AIMC Berkeley’s Community Tea July 12, 2017. About two dozen students attended to share how they would like to shape the curriculum, particularly the herbal program, and learn relevant news.
Nishanga Bliss, Academic Chair at AIMC Berkeley, said the school needs to create integrative medical practitioners who can speak with pharmacists around the world.
Herbal Pharmacy Manager Jordan Wheeler, concurred: “If you tell someone that this herb calms the shen, they’re going to look at you like you have a plant growing out of your head.”
Wheeler said he is attending a symposium at UCLA’s Center for East West Medicine where many Oriental Medicine schools will convene to look at ways …
July 10, 2017
Among the multiple study abroad opportunities at AIMC Berkeley, the Japan trip that took place mid-April 2017 appeared to have exceeded student expectations. Aside from depth of practice in traditional Japanese technique, the trip was defined by a satisfying immersion into Japanese culture provided by the instructors and the community of Shikoku Medical College.
On the very first day, prior to beginning the five-day intensive course, an assembly of the president, faculty, and students of the college warmly welcomed our AIMC visiting class. In his welcoming statement, the president informed us we had missed the blooming of cherry blossom trees, but as we quickly learned, this would not detract from our experience of the beautiful harmony and subtlety that characterizes Japanese culture.
In the same day, the …
July 3, 2017
Study Abroad: China 2018
We will start out in the cities of Beijing and Tianjin. In Beijing we will explore some of the most amazing cultural sites in China. In Tianjin we will observe Chinese medicine practiced in an integrated model in a hospital setting at The First Teaching Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In Southern China we will meet Dr. Eric Brand, author of “A Clinician’s Guide to Granule Extracts.” Eric will give us a tour of Chinese medicine universities, traditional herbal markets and a botanical garden that specializes in Chinese medicinal herbs.
Guilin & Yangshou
The Guilin and Yangshuo visit will allow you to see the greener, more natural side of China, dotted by limestone karsts and terraced rice fields. As you will discover, China …