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June 19, 2020

Zine: Acupuncture as Activism by Maya Zitrin

A look at the movement & The Black Panther Party's fight to bring health to the BIPOC community

Follow the link below to open a PDF of the zine “Acupuncture as Activism: A look at the movement & the Black Panther Party’s fight to bring health to the BIPOC community”. For her Public Health coursework, Maya Zitrin created this zine about discrimination & racism in healthcare and how the Black Panther Party and other activists fought for public health initiatives in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It provides a historical roadmap of healthcare injustices towards communities of color and specifically Black people in the U.S.– and also an inspiring glimpse into grassroots healthcare projects from the Young Lords, the Black Panthers, and other activist organizations.

THE ZINE: ACUPUNCTURE IS ACTIVISM

“Too often black history is limited to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama, …

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June 8, 2020

AIMC Berkeley Presidential Statement & Anti-Racism Action Plan

AIMC, Berkeley’s President Yasuo Tanaka issued the following statement today (June 8th, 2020):

During this challenging time, please know that AIMC Berkeley firmly stands by its founding principles of diversity and inclusion and that the administration is fully committed to addressing the need for action. AIMC Berkeley condemns racism, injustice, and violence.

Over the past 3,000 years, our medicine has fought against various forms of pathogens in an effort to protect the health, well-being, and lives of those we treat. We are currently faced with two horrifying pathogens simultaneously – the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic of continued racism and discrimination. While one is considered novel, the other has always existed, infesting our way of life, our society, and our well-being. The senseless killing of George Floyd …

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May 6, 2020

Herban Herb Walk: Chinese Medicinal Herbs in the City

Do your landscaping plants have medicine to offer?

Athene is back with another installment of our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy Video Blog!

People and plants are always in communication- the plants we choose to grow in our yards are often
those that have a medicine to offer us. And, a great many of our common landscaping plants are actually
Chinese medicinal herbs. In this “Herban” walk, we explore the medicinal Chinese Herbs growing in
downtown Berkeley.

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March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Information

This page provides regularly updated information for the AIMC community.

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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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