June 2, 2020
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.
Today we …
May 21, 2020
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 …
May 7, 2020
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….
May 6, 2020
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
April 5, 2020
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
March 23, 2020
This is our growing collection of links to connect you with the best information out there. As an integrative medicine college, we know that MDs, Herbalists, community, movement, and mindfulness all have a role to play as we face this unprecedented health challenge. Check back often as we will update it as new information and resources come to light.
Public Health Information
How to Take Care of Your Immune System:
March 13, 2020
Campus-wide alerts and announcements regarding COVID -19 are posted here. Scroll down to view prior notices. Please note that announcements on top contain the most current information and supersede any information contained in previous announcements
APRIL 16 – No-Contact Library Lending
APRIL 09 – AIMC Herbal Pharmacy is now online
MARCH 27 – Open Houses will be hosted as webinars going forward
MARCH 25 – COVID-19 Financial Aid FAQs
MARCH 22 – Graduation Ceremony Postponed
MARCH 22 – Virtual Town Hall Monday, March 30th
MARCH 20 – Suspension of In-person Classes and Clinical Training Extended
MARCH 18 – Emergency Funds for Financial Aid Students
MARCH 18 – Clinic Closure Extended
MARCH 16 – Online Course Instructions
February 29, 2020
Which “Level” practitioner is right for you?
Our most financially accessible treatment is performed by a clinical supervisor with a team of observing clinical interns. This is an amazing opportunity to get treatment by an advanced practitioner for $5. Please inquire with the Front Desk receptionist about availability for Observation appointments.
Care is provided by a team of up to 4 junior interns and their supervisor, who is present for the intake and treatment and oversees each aspect of the team’s care. Each group of interns work together over the course of a semester and bring their own strengths to each patient; the patients get the benefit of being cared for …
February 17, 2020
In Part 1 of this series about our clinic, we want to introduce you to the who’s who behind the scenes and behind the front desk of the AIMC clinic. We’ve recently welcomed some new faces into our community, and we’re so grateful for the work they’re already doing to support our patients and our team of Chinese Medicine practitioners.
Dr. Ken Morris has been our Clinic Director since the fall of 2018. Ken is a native San Franciscan. He was first introduced to Chinese herbal medicine from his mother who was born in Hong Kong and came to the US at age 6. She passed on the tradition of boiling herbs to him at a young age. His curiosity led him …
January 25, 2020
Sure enough, we’re moving from the deep, quiet of winter toward the time of impulsive Spring. Soon, here in Berkeley, we’ll see spring onions poke out of the earth– an excellent medicine for lingering winter colds that ripple through homes and schools through February and March.
The ancient Chinese calendar accounted for this shift by starting the new year later than the Gregorian calendar: the year starts not in the depths of the dark days of winter, but as the days are getting longer and the earth is warming up again, getting ready to allow plants to explore the surface of the world with their bright, waxy spring leaves.
Acupuncturist and Chinese Astrologist Narrye Caldwell explains, “There’s the usual mistake westerners make of assuming that January (which …