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September 13, 2017

AIMC Continues the Tradition of Rich Learning in Medical Qi Gong Program CEU

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 …

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August 11, 2017

Learning Teishin with Funamizu Sensei

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 …

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August 8, 2017

Symposium Explores Future of TCM Herbal Medicine in U.S.

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 …

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July 13, 2017

New Professional Doctorate, Herb Program Explored at Community Tea

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 …

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July 3, 2017

Travel to China with AIMC Berkeley

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.

Southern China

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 …

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June 15, 2017

Hands-on with Mugwort

The weekend of May 27-May 28 about 25 students from AIMC Berkeley and other Bay Area Traditional Chinese Medicine schools and licensed acupuncturists turned out at AIMC Berkeley to learn from an expert in moxibustion, Jinju Mizutani. In his class “Mizutani’s Japanese Moxibustion Seminar: Gynecological Disorders” students had the opportunity to learn hands-on with individual coaching from the teacher.

“After practicing 15 years, this is one of the better CEUs I’ve done,” said Dennis Von Elgg, LAc, and both an instructor at AIMC Berkeley and a practitioner of the professional clinic. “It’s extremely applicable to a majority of our patients who are experiencing adrenal imbalances”.

A little bit about Mizutani: Born and raised in Japan, Mizutani is a graduate of Japan Central Acupuncture College in Tokyo from …

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June 13, 2017

2017 Grads Walk the Stage to Become Professionals

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Graduation is such a special day for all those who have given the last many years of their lives to studying Asian medicine. A sweet celebration of all the triumphs over the challenges, the many hours of dedication to the medicine, the deep bonds between peers, mentors and the web of support that all students need to make it through the gauntlet of graduate school.

Many came out to commemorate the accomplishment at this year’s graduation ceremony at the Grandview Pavilion in Alameda on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The ceremony told the story of what it is like to conquer the masters’ program, the love story with the medicine and the growth that is necessary to step into the role of practitioner. As needed with any …

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June 1, 2017

Building a Six-Figure Acupuncture Practice!

“Never discount your treatments”

“Give them the agenda for the treatment”

“Never say we’re going to needle you. Always use the word acupuncture”

“You want to be a fountain of free advice”

Essentials For Practice Success: What You Need to Learn Before You Leave Acupuncture School”.

Alyssa described her own rocky start as an acupuncturist but now has a successful practice in Santa Monica, charging $180 for the initial appointment and then $120 per hour. She said she wants to share what she has learned since starting her business in 2011.

About 17 AIMC Berkeley students, alumni and staff were on hand to learn from Alyssa. They peppered her with questions about insurance billing. They asked whether she publicizes her rates on her website. Another student asked what to do when …

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July 10, 2016

Vive la France!

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 …

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