Category: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Research
October 12, 2022
A Look at the History of Ējiāo (Donkey Hide Glue) and Its Vegan Substitutes
Before the Tang Dynasty, Ējiāo was Cattle Hide Gelatin; and Vegan Options Are Readily Available Today as Ējiāo Substitutions.
Ējiāo is a medicinal that plays a role in many important formulas that are commonly prescribed for our patients. In Herbology I we are familiarized with the Latin translation of Ējiāo, Asini Corii Colla, to mean “donkey hide glue.” However, Asini Corii Colla, is not a literal translation of the word ējiāo and reveals assumptions based on the recent history and current production of the medicinal. Try pasting the characters for ējiāo 阿膠 one at a time into Google translate to see what you get. 阿= A 膠= gelatin. The word ējiāo simply means “gelatin” and is by no means specific to one type of animal. Historical …
March 15, 2021
How Herbal Medicine Can Help Fight COVID-19
Herbal medicine is just one way we treat the individual, not the symptom. Read our blog to learn more about how it can help those who have been affected by COVID-19!
July 9, 2020
TCM and COVID-19: What Every Practitioner Should Know (Part 2)
An AIMC student spoke to a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, about how acupuncture can help COVID-19. Read our blog to learn more!
June 18, 2020
Part I: TCM and COVID-19, What Every Practitioner Should Know
Dr. Michael McCulloch, an acupuncturist with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, on herbal strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more!
June 2, 2020
Pediatric Acupuncture at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
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.
About Dr. Ra, DACM, LAc.
Robyn “Ra” Adcock is a California licensed acupuncturist, graduate …
October 11, 2019
What Is Acupuncture and Why Does It Work?
What is acupuncture? What can it treat? Our guide goes through some of the history behind this ancient technique and what it is used for today.
July 23, 2019
Back Shu Points: How a Needle in My Back Helped My IBS
AIMC student shares her experience with back shu points and how this form of acupuncture helped heal her digestive issues.
August 13, 2018
I practiced Qigong for two months. Here are eight things I learned.
My introduction to Qigong
My practice began in the classroom where we were asked to establish a daily practice and jot down our reactions in a journal. Initially, I had no intention to share these written reflections, but the idea of incorporating these into this blog post popped into my head about midway through the assignment. At first, I wondered if I’d made a mistake. As you’ll read shortly, I found it tough to simultaneously cultivate a meditation practice and blog about it. But the truth is, Qigong surprised me in more ways than one and I’m excited to share what I discovered.
A brief disclaimer: The perils of writing for public review
In the beginning, I’d find myself midway through a sequence trying to relax, while at …
September 21, 2017
AIMC Event: Growing Local Chinese Herbs with Peg Schafer
AIMC students got to experience an in-depth look at growing and harvesting traditional Chinese herbs during a visit to Peg Schafer’s Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.