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March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Information

This page provides regularly updated information for the AIMC community.

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

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
MARCH 13 – In-person classes suspended
MARCH 10 – AIMC Clinic closed for 2 weeks

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February 29, 2020

Getting to Know the Clinic: Part 2

Visiting the Student Clinic: Choosing the right treatment and the flow of treatment

Interns treating a patient in the student clinic

Which “Level” practitioner is right for you?

Observation
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.

Level 1
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 …

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January 25, 2020

The Chinese New Year & Looking Forward to Spring

"Hence, yin [qi], yang [qi], and the four seasons, they constitute end and begin of the myriad beings, they are the basis of death and life." -Su Wen, Chapter 2 as translated by Paul Unschuld

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 …

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November 8, 2019

Masters or Doctorate: Which Program Fits Your Needs As an Acupuncturist?

If you are pursuing an education in integrative medicine, you may wonder what kind of degree might benefit your career goals the most. Check out our article on the different types offered at Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC), and how to decide for yourself.

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November 4, 2019

Part II: Balancing Methylation Through Diet

When looking at methylation disorders, a lot of emphasis is placed on health challenges that come with hypomethylation or not methylating enough

Methylation: Too much of a good thing? 

When looking at methylation disorders, a lot of emphasis is placed on health challenges that come with hypomethylation or not methylating enough. While this stands to be a valid concern, especially for those with an MTHFR mutation, it is equally important to consider the flip side. Excessive methylation or hypermethylation can also lead to its own set of health issues.1 As with most things, more is not always better. With this in mind, what steps might we take to work towards balancing methylation by utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine dietary wisdom? 

The *magic spark* of methylation 

A good place to focus dietary support to improve methylation is the liver organ system. The liver provides a spark of yang energy that is mandatory …

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October 17, 2019

Local Organic Herbal Medicine in the AIMC Pharmacy

Our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy is continuing to expand its inventory of local, organic herbs and products!

Sourcing our herbs sustainably is an important part of healing for ourselves and for our planet. We also are excited to welcome the use of  native California plants in our traditional Chinese Herb Pharmacy. As we move forward into the future, we envision a truly integrative, sustainable, eco-friendly Herbal Pharmacy here at AIMC. Thanks for  taking the first steps with us.

Come by the Pharmacy and Check out our new Local, Organic Herb Section!

Local Certified Organic herbs: Bo he (field mint), Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum), Yi Mu Cao (Motherwort)

Local, Organic Herbal Products: Herbal Alchemists CBD Cream

Window of the Sky Wild High Sierra Botanicals: Arnica Salve, Indian Warrior Liniment

AIMC Herb Garden …

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September 12, 2019

Supporting Vitality into the Fall

Fall marks the transition from the yang, bright, active time of year to the yin quiet, dark time of year. Now is the time to begin storing reserves and vitality for the winter to come.

Fall marks the transition from the yang bright, active time of year to the yin quiet, dark time of year. Now is the time to begin storing our reserves and vitality for the winter to come.

Believe it or not, according to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, we are already full swing into the season of Autumn!

The shift from summer into fall is important because it marks the transition from the yang bright and active time of year to the yin stillness and darkness time of year. The temptation to continue to living a Summer lifestyle in Fall can be easy here in California, when it is still so sunny out. However, now is one of the most crucial times to begin conserving ones energy for …

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June 12, 2019

Eating the Bloom and Bounty of Summer

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With Summer, season of Fire upon us, we only need to step out our doors to see the reminder everywhere: Summer is the season of Flowering.

With Summer, the season of Fire upon us, we only need to step out our doors to see the reminder everywhere: Summer is the season of Flowering. We see this in the beauty of our gardens and the bright wildflowers that are still so alive in our local hills. The Nei Jing tells us that the movement of Summer is growth and flowering. Of all the parts of a plant, flowers pertain most to the Fire element. They are light and yang in nature, they lift and brighten our spirits and bring us joy. Flowers in TCM are mostly used to affect the upper parts of the body, where the shen (spirit) resides. Their fragrance is opening and moving.

Many of our local flowers can …

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November 27, 2017

Hands-on Training in Shakuju Therapy

The weekend of October 7th and 8th, Daiki Takahashi, Saori Tasaka, and Tisha Mallon L.Ac held a Shakuju therapy (SJT) Training Seminar at AIMC-Berkeley. Over 20 participants attended from all over the country to learn the theory and hand-on techniques of SJT, as well as abdominal diagnosis, contact needling, moxibustion, bloodletting, and how to perform root treatment.

SJT was developed by master Shoji Kobayashi over 40 years ago in Japan. He is known for his deep inquiry into the I-Ching and the Classic texts, and for applying effective comprehensive treatments to the most difficult cases. As a teacher he tried to find a system that students could acquire within a 3-year course which would treat patients with positive …

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September 28, 2017

Pedal Power Fuels AIMC Berkeley Student

Heidi Hellmuth happens to spot AIMC President Yasuo Tanaka taking a walk along the Embarcadero and offers him a ride in her gold pedi-cab.

On any given Saturday, you can find Heidi H. along San Francisco’s Embarcadero pointing out the sights to her passengers as she leans into her pedals and the bicycle’s chains on her Gold-colored pedi-cab whir. You can imagine her pointing, there—that’s the Ferry Building, the Baseball Stadium, the Golden Gate Bridge….

It’s not only San Francisco’s skyscrapers jutting into the sky, with its gauze of clouds, that cuts quite a figure. It’s also Hellmuth herself.

Six years ago, the Fall 2014 AIMC Berkeley student had a bad accident. In 2011, Heidi was helping restore a historic villa in Tuscany and that’s when she sustained …

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