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February 9, 2021

(Safely) Celebrate Lunar New Year in 2021

Welcome the year of the Metal Ox.

We’ll miss the usual fun and camaraderie in the student lounge around Lunar New Year. We’ve got a few suggestions to help everyone get in the spirit and welcome the year of the Metal Ox.

With the recent rise in violence against Asian Americans and the state of the economy, it is more important than ever that we stand up in support of our local Asian communities. Be sure to support local restaurants & businesses in Oakland and San Francisco’s Chinatowns.

Here are some of our free virtual event suggestions:

Wednesday February 10th, 6:45-8:45pm

History of SF Chinatown

Join the Chinese Historical Society of America for a tour of San Francisco’s Neon Chinatown.

Thursday-Saturday February 11th-13th, Various Times

Culture & Dance

Watch the Nai-Ni …

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What can you do with a Doctorate of Acupuncture?

We wondered, “what are our graduates doing with their Doctoral degrees?”

It’s been three years since our first Doctoral Cohort began. We wondered, “what are our graduates doing with their Doctoral degrees?” It turns out, they’re pushing our field forward by teaching, publishing books, working alongside physicians in hospitals, physical therapy clinics, & integrative medicine clinics, founding their very own wellness centers, and even growing organic herbal medicine to make our field more sustainable.

Teach

Many of our doctoral graduates are teaching or supervising Clinic Interns right here at AIMC. The list includes Dr. Nishanga Bliss, DAIM, DSc., LAc.; Dr. Hideko Pelzer, DAIM, LAc.; Dr. Joyce Kwok, DAIM, PT, LAc.; Dr. Jody James, DAIM, LAc.; Dr. David Caruso-Radin, DAIM, LAc.; & Dr. Christine Tarradelles, DAIM, LAc.

Dr. Jody James is the most recent …

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January 25, 2021

Why Choose AIMC?

It’s important to find a school that’s the right fit for you in a professional that is about healing and connecting with patients & collaborating with other health professionals.

What makes AIMC a great place to begin your career in acupuncture and herbal medicine? Read this blog to find out!

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January 6, 2021

AIMC Graduate Spotlight: Sydney Malawer

"The clinic is a great way to build your clientele during school, if you put the work in you can get a lot of clients and be extremely successful."

Opening a private practice during a pandemic may seem daunting, but AIMC graduate Syndey Malewar made it happen. She’s now successfully working as a practitioner here in Berkeley. To find out how she made this happen, check out this blog post!

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November 23, 2020

What’s It Like to Be a Clinic Intern Practitioner at AIMC?

Curious about what it’s like to work in our student clinic? Use this blog as your resource!

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November 16, 2020

An Interview with the Academic Director: AIMC’s Online Doctorate Program

Expanding what's possible for Acupuncturists

A conversation with our Academic Dean & Program Director, Thomas Siemman, about our re-vamped Doctoral Completion program launching mid-January 2021. We’re now enrolling Licensed Acupuncturists into our two-semester program with the option of completing coursework fully online. Future cohorts may continue to be offered in at least a partially online format.

The Interview

Q: COVID-19 and shelter-in-place required creative re-imagining of how we could run a doctoral program of the same quality and caliber that we ran when we were able to host students on campus & in our hands-on internships. We’ve graduated two cohorts of Doctoral students already, what’s different this time around?

A: It’s the same program that we start in 2018, but this time it will be all online, distance-learning. The …

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October 26, 2020

An Immune Boosting Change for Your Diet & A Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Our immune system starts in our gut, so learn how to treat your gut well to be ready for cold & flu season!

Eating Well for Immunity

Fall is here and it’s time to support our immunity! How well we take care of ourselves in the weeks leading up to the coming cold and flu season can greatly enhance (or weaken) our resistance to illness. Once we begin to fall ill, it can be too late! Wise use and nourishment of our inner resources can help us stay healthy, and diet is one of the foundations here. Even just cutting out white sugar, which reduces white blood cell activity by almost 50% for up to 5 hours after eating it, can do marvels.

Fall is the season of the Lungs and the Metal element, and the Lungs control our Wei (Protective) Qi, which acts like a forcefield around our bodies …

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AIMC Student Clinic: What To Expect at Your Telehealth Appointment

As 2020 comes to a close, many of us are a lot more familiar with telehealth/virtual appointments than we were at the beginning of the year. If you’re thinking about making an appointment with us and aren’t sure what to expect, we can help. At Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, we’ve been working to perfect our telehealth services since the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020.

Telehealth has allowed us to continue to give our students the practice and training they need to become successful Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture practitioners after they graduate, while also providing care to new and current patients. Anyone who has been curious about making an appointment at our clinic can …

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October 14, 2020

A Neighborhood Plant for Smoke Season

Sang Ye, or the Mulberry leaf, has a lot to offer to support you after intense wildfire smoke.

Mulberry Medicine

Did you know that all of the parts of the Mulberry tree can be used medicinally? You might be used to eating the berries in late summer when we can find them at Berkeley Bowl or growing in our yards– but they’re not the only delicious thing about this plant! The leaf, known as Sang Ye in Chinese Medicine, is particularly known for clearing heat to cool & moisten the lungs. Luckily for our Lungs, these trees grow all over the place.

Watch this video to learn about the medicine & magic of the Mulberry tree from our Herbal Pharmacy Director & resident plant expert, Athene Eisenhardt, LAc.

Get a Prescription

Our herbal pharmacy carries Sang Ye year round, so even …

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September 24, 2020

The Kitchen Herbalist: Baked Pears for Fall Lung Health

This simple recipe for baked pears can help support our Lung Qi & Yin.

A Note About the Metal Element

As we enter the fall season, the energy of the Lung & Metal element emerges: the air becomes cool and crisp, our skin and lungs– like the leaves on deciduous trees- may start to feel more dry, and the sun shares less sunshine with each passing day.

We may be in touch with a sense of grief or the poignancy of small, fleeting, beautiful moments as the days shorten. This is a time of year for reflection and for being in touch with that which we find truly important, special, and inspirational. This sensibility aligns well with the Jewish New Year celebrated annually around the same time as the Autumnal Equinox.

This year, I imagine that the aspect of grief will …

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