April 19, 2017
At San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival last weekend I stumbled across a flyer advertising an invitation to hear a cancer patient tell her story of recovery at Konko’s Church of San Francisco in Japan town. Since cancer runs in my family across three generations, and most recently for my parents, I did not think twice about going to hearing her presentation. It was well worth going!
Doctors told Mrs. Fusami Kudo that she had end-stage ovarian cancer and had less than a month to live. She underwent excruciatingly painful treatment; she had to be physically restrained with a towel in her mouth to prevent her from screaming. She underwent 30 days of radiotherapy.
Once she passed the 30 days she was told she would live, she learned …
April 4, 2017
Rebirth of AIMC Berkeley
The origins of modern day Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC) really begin with its current chairman, Dr. Shuji Goto. Goto has provided illustrious leadership to acupuncture colleges both in the U.S. and in Japan. Since 1988, Dr. Goto has served as President and Chairman of the Board at Goto College of Medical Arts and Sciences in Tokyo.
And in 1991, Dr. Goto served as chairman of the American College of Chinese Traditional Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco.
He became chairman of ACTCM when bankruptcy was imminent. But Goto was able to raise the necessary funds, save the school, and make reforms to create financial solvency. ACTCM acknowledged Dr. Goto’s powerful impact by renaming their library after him. However, Dr. Goto’s work was …
March 14, 2017
Alzada Magdalena, a 2001 Graduate of AIMC Berkeley (back when it was called Meiji College), has two acupuncture practices—one in Davis, CA and the other in Prineville, Oregon.At her two practices, The Healing Arts, she treats patients, teaches Qi gong, meditation and dietary practices.
Alzada began her acupuncture practice in 2002, merging it with her existing bodywork practice.
Two years later she opened a clinic in a remodeled bungalow in downtown Davis, California, and practiced there until 2011. In 2011 she and her family moved to Bend, Oregon.However, her Davis patients requested she come back to take care of them, and so she has done so.She has returned to …
March 8, 2017
Our Alumni who are also Doctors & Nurses
Reflect on their Knowledge of Both Systems
First of a two-part series. Our second installment will spotlight our current students who are also nurses.
Katja Zamrik, MD (Germany) & LAc
Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine as a physician, I was fascinated by the ancient knowledge about the connection between certain organ systems. Over the last 100 years, Western Medicine has been able to find proof of these ancient observations on the molecular level (hormones and enzymes) for example, the connection between the kidneys and bone metabolism and the interplay between the cardiovascular system and the kidneys. Having studied Eastern Medicine has broadened my ability to interpret my patients’ signs and symptoms. Often there are no explanations for …
February 13, 2017
This a recipe made by Sarah Donnelly for our AIMC Berkeley Intro to Herbs class, where students create and share a medicinal recipe. These delicious chocolates treat wind-cold disorders and are also act as a tonic and detox. Enjoy!
Medicinal Ingredients and function in the body:
Ginger – Warming to the Lungs, Spleen and Stomach; releases exterior; indicated for coughing, wheezing, nausea.
Chocolate – Bitter – Anti inflammatory; dries dampness and phlegm
Lemon & Honey – Muscle/pain reliever
Honey – Tonifies
Gelatin – Eases joint pain
Candied Ginger Topper:
Slice ginger thinly, cover with 2C of water. Boil 10 minutes or until ginger has softened. Drain, and return 1/4C water to the cooked ginger, stirring …
When an acupuncturist says you have heat, they don’t necessarily mean in temperature…. That’s what former Oakland Raiders and Winter 2014 AIMC Berkeley graduate Josh Taves discovered during his first brush with Oriental medicine.
Taves told the story of his early encounter with the medicine when he gave a speech during Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) Berkeley’s 2014 commencement. He described meeting an elderly Chinese American practitioner at a Food & Wine Fair in Diablo in the dead heat of summer. The acupuncturist diagnosed Taves as running too hot. Taves said he thought: ‘no sh….’ The temperature was above 100, and Taves weighed 300 pounds at the time. (He has since lost 60 pounds).
Taves was sweating profusely. Very astute of the man, he thought! Knowing …
February 6, 2017
Jordan Wheeler has been studying natural medicine for the last 10 years, first obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in Seattle. He then earned his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco in 2013. During his time there, he spent several years working in the Auricular Clinic, which offers acupuncture to low-income community members.
Having completed the didactic portion of the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), Jordan has since switched to the transitional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to focus on integrative medicine care. His practice, Focal Point Acupuncture, is located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District where …
February 3, 2017
New Cohort Kicks off New Curriculum
More practice with tongue and pulse reading and new coursework covering Chinese pronunciation are two hallmarks of AIMC Berkeley’s new Master of Science in Oriental Medicine curriculum.
The program starting Winter 2017 is shorter by one term than previously so students can complete it in three years and one third. Japanese acupuncture classes are still offered, but they are now elective rather than required courses. A new Japanese Acupuncture certificate program is expected to launch June 2017 that will be open to both current students as well as to other professionals.
Of the seven incoming students who begin Winter 2017 with the new curriculum, four come with a healthcare background. One new student, Cali James, PhD worked as a senior analyst at …
July 10, 2016
You might ask, did I imagine that within a year of finding Dr. Nogier’s auriculotherapy classes on his website, that I might find myself travelling to Lyon, France in a group of nine students, three AIMC Berkeley faculty members and four LAcs, to attend his seminar?
I’d like to say a sincere thank you to our President Yasuo Tanaka for supporting this idea, to our outgoing and former student, Ann, Esq., who was certainly the catalyst, and especially to Christine Newell, LAc, our native Parisian supervisor (because she did all the work)!
It seemed to come about by chance. I did a little research for Instructor Koki Kawanami, LAc’s Acupuncture Techniques II class. We were scheduled to cover the NADA protocol,, so I dutifully googled …