Pulse Diagnosis I - Weekend

 

The pulse is one of the great keys that Chinese medicine has to unlock the mysteries of differential diagnosis, true preventative care and profound healing. Pulse diagnosis cannot be learned from books. This course is limited to 16 participants to ensure direct hands-on transmission. 

Cost: $400 

CEU

13 CEU/PDA NCCAOM 

WHEN?

Sat - Sun, May 19 - 20
9:00 - 5:00

WHERE?

Four Gates Wellness Center, 5570 Sterrett Place, Ste 308, Columbia MD

Endocrinology in Chinese Medicine

Disruptions in the endocrine system are becoming increasingly common. Many people who seek help from acupuncturists have an endocrine dysfunction and it is often necessary that the practitioner translate this disorder into Chinese medical terms.  Paradoxically, the endocrine system is not recognized in classical Chinese medicine yet it is the most synergistic system in biomedicine and therefore shares some important similarities with Chinese medical physiology.  

The study of the endocrine system invites us to look beyond the 12 primary channels and Zang Fu theory to the deepest structures and most mysterious functions of the Chinese medical body.  In particular, we will examine the role of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and the Divergent Channels in regulating hormonal changes.  We will also study the relationship of the Qi Fu/Curious Fu to the endocrine glands and the role of the San Jiao as the mechanisms of homeostasis.  Additionally, we will explore the structure and function of Gao Huang in the immuno-endocrine system.

This course will provide:

  • Treatment strategies for common endocrine malfunctions of the thyroidadrenalsovariespancreas pituitary-hypothalamus
  • Special focus on treating with the Eight Extraordinary Vessels
  • Treatments based on the Curious Fu
  • Treatments using the Divergent Channels

Participants will be able to translate endocrine disorders into a comprehensive Chinese medical diagnosis and develop complex treatment strategies using acupuncture and herbal medicine.

CEU

11 CEU/PDA NCCAOM pending

WHEN?

Saturday, Apr. 28 - Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

WHERE?

Hilton Garden Inn
Columbia, MD

Pulse Diagnosis II

PULSE DIAGNOSIS II COURSE - Spring 2018

This is a four-part course, which will be limited to 15 participants to ensure direct hands-on transmission. The pre-requisite for this course is Pulse I. 

Class Dates: Each session builds upon the previous session, so you must attend all 4 days.

Registration: $800 for the whole 4-day course
Due to the small class size, the course must be paid in full with registration. It will be non-refundable after Dec. 15. 

CEU

22 CEU/PDA's for all 4 courses

WHEN?

Friday, Jan 5, 2018
Friday, Feb 2, 2018
Friday, Mar 2, 2018
Friday, Apr 6, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

WHERE?

Four Gates Wellness Center
5570 Sterrett Place, Ste 308
Columbia MD 21044

Sleep and Dreams

This course will explore Sleep and Dreams from the perspective of Chinese medicine.

  • What is the nature of sleep?
  • What purpose does it serve?
  • How does the flow of Qi, Blood, and JinYe affect sleep?
  • How do the spirits (shen, hun, po, zhi, yi) impact our sleep?
  • How do the internal organs impact sleep and dreams?
  • How can dream interpretation be used in clinical practice?

The average person will spend 26 years of their life asleep and 6 of those years dreaming. Sleep and dreams are fundamental to the experiences of being human. And yet, they remain a mysterious and underappreciated part of life.

Healthy sleep is elusive to many. Approximately 1 out of 4 Americans report some form of sleep disturbance. As practitioners, problematic sleep will be one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients and helping them sleep well is an essential prerequisite to other healing.

Chinese medicine can be used to resolve the multitude of sleeping problems from insomnia, sleepwalking, night terrors, nightmares, narcolepsy, bed-wetting, and many others.

Dreams are one of the most fascinating aspects of human consciousness. Across cultures and times, dreams have served as sources of spiritual guidance and inner communication for individuals and collectives. The journeys and adventures within dreams offer wisdom for waking life and our inner nature and struggles. Chinese Medicine gives us profound insight into the nature and meaning of dreams. Dreams are portals between yin and yang, the known and the hidden, and keys to the mystery of death itself. Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and the classical medical texts of Chinese Medicine have much to say about the significance of dreams and their interpretation. 

CEU'S

14 CEUs

WHEN?

Saturday, Mar. 24 - Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018

WHERE?

Daoist Traditions College
Heaven's Cloud Event Center
130 Sardis Road
Asheville, NC, 28806

Pulse Diagnosis I - Fall 2017

The pulse is one of the great keys that Chinese medicine has to unlock the mysteries of differential diagnosis, true preventative care and profound healing. Pulse diagnosis cannot be learned from books.This is a four-part course, which will be limited to 15 participants to ensure direct hands-on transmission. 

Class Dates: Each session builds upon the previous session, so you must attend all 4 days. 

Friday, Sep 29, 2017
Friday, Oct 27, 2017
Friday, Nov 17, 2017
Friday, Dec 1, 2017

Location: All sessions will be held at the Four Gates Wellness Center, 5570 Sterrett Place, Ste 308, Columbia MD 21044. 

Time: 10 am – 5 pm.

Registration: $800 for the whole 4-day course

Mapping the Internal Landscape

SESSION AT THE BUILDING BRIDGES CONFERENCE

All traditional cultures consider humans to be mirrors of Nature.  This microcosmic-macrocosmic relationship has both outward and inward dimensions.  In Chinese Medicine, the outer dimension is reflected in acupuncture point names, many of which evoke natural forms–rivers and mountains, sun, and stars.  The inner dimension of this mirror is described in Daoist and alchemical writings, most famously the Neijing Du/Chart of the Inner Channel. This class will explore the universal aspects of the inner landscape of the body as a microcosm.  Focusing on  foundational structures–the pelvis, the chest, the head–participants will gain a concrete experience of the energies that animate these regions.  Embodied discernment of the inner landscape facilitates self-discovery and clarifies the path of healing.

Learn more about the conference!

Body-Awareness as a Path to Healing: The Practical Wisdom of Chinese Medicine

a free webinar | Sunday, August 20 | 10:00 am EDT
hosted by TCM World

Join Evan Rabinowitz as he teaches a method of tuning in to the inner landscape of the body through the simultaneous acts of listening and conscious awareness. He will discuss how in the fundamental regions of our body (the chest, the head, the pelvis) we experience different aspects of ourselves.  

These body regions can be vehicles for awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and memories. Using this embodied awareness we can more easily discern the difference between the places in us that are impediments to peace and clarity, the places that need healing, and the places that give us access to healing. 

*Bonus: All registrants will receive a discount code for the Building Bridges conference registration. 

Click here for a replay of the webcast. 

Sleep and Dreams

MAY 20 - 21, 2017

This course will explore Sleep and Dreams from the perspective of Chinese medicine.

  • What is the nature of sleep?
  • What purpose does it serve?
  • How does the flow of Qi, Blood, and JinYe affect sleep?
  • How do the spirits (shen, hun, po, zhi, yi) impact our sleep?
  • How do the internal organs impact sleep and dreams?
  • How can dream interpretation be used in clinical practice?

The average person will spend 26 years of their life asleep and 6 of those years dreaming. Sleep and dreams are fundamental to the experiences of being human. And yet, they remain a mysterious and underappreciated part of life.

Healthy sleep is elusive to many. Approximately 1 out of 4 Americans report some form of sleep disturbance. As practitioners, problematic sleep will be one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients and helping them sleep well is an essential prerequisite to other healing.

Chinese medicine can be used to resolve the multitude of sleeping problems from insomnia, sleepwalking, night terrors, nightmares, narcolepsy, bed-wetting, and many others.

Dreams are one of the most fascinating aspects of human consciousness. Across cultures and times, dreams have served as sources of spiritual guidance and inner communication for individuals and collectives. The journeys and adventures within dreams offer wisdom for waking life and our inner nature and struggles. Chinese Medicine gives us profound insight into the nature and meaning of dreams. Dreams are portals between yin and yang, the known and the hidden, and keys to the mystery of death itself. Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and the classical medical texts of Chinese Medicine have much to say about the significance of dreams and their interpretation. 

Wai Ke: External Medicine

Wai Ke, or External Medicine, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the external structures and superficial layers of the body where the wei qi (defensive qi) is most active. Wai Ke focuses its diagnostics on that which can be seen and felt to determine inner functions and also, that which is hidden.

Wai Ke is well known for its treatment of various stages of traumatic injury and Bi-Painful Obstruction. Additionally, Wai Ke specializes in conditions of the skin, sinuses, throat, orifices, breasts, and genitals. Results are often fast and powerful, utilizing both internal and external applications of herbs.

This class introduces the foundational theories and methods of Wai Ke allowing practitioners to immediately begin using them in clinical practice. Multiple methods of external application will be taught, including the use of: soak-compresses, pastes, powders, inhalations, oral washes, enemas, naval plasters and many more. There will also be a focus on needling techniques and the combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

As a speciality of Chinese medicine, Wai Ke provides a comprehensive perspective that helps us to understand any condition - including internal diseases and even the treatment of Shen/Spirit. Focusing on the external, we seek to dispel and eliminate internal stagnation in order to generate clarity and freedom.

Pulse Diagnosis I - Spring 2017

The pulse is one of the great keys that Chinese medicine has to unlock the mysteries of differential diagnosis, true preventative care and profound healing. Pulse diagnosis cannot be learned from books.This is a four-part course, which will be limited to 15 participants to ensure direct hands-on transmission. 

Class Dates: Each session builds upon the previous session, so you must attend all 4 days. 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017

Location: All sessions will be held at the Four Gates Wellness Center, 5570 Sterrett Place, Ste 308, Columbia MD 21044. 

Time: 10 am – 5 pm.

Registration: $800 for the whole 4-day course

Eight Extraordinary Vessels

DECEMBER 3 – 4; DECEMBER 5, 2016
12 CEUS / 18 CEUS

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels represent the deepest constitutional layer of a human being. Yet these most fundamental channels are often only briefly examined in acupuncture schools and modern textbooks. This class will cover each of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels, examining in depth the classical teachings, physiology, pathology and clinical applications.

The class will also explore how the Eight Extraordinary Vessels inform the basic transitions and transformations of the human life cycle. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels guide our essence/jing from conception and early childhood to maturity and old age. Many constitutional and congenital conditions can be addressed with the skilled use of these meridians. The course will also explore the use of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels in Daoist internal alchemy/nei dan. Participants will be invited to understand these channels as pathways for their own inner cultivation as well as keys to helping their patients heal.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice.  Eight Extraordinary Vessels pulses will be presented.  Additional time will be given to practicing clinical techniques with a focus on yuan level needling.  Qi Gong cultivation to enhance needling sensitivity skills will be taught.

Herbs, Consciousness and Resonance: "Medicine/Yi is Intention/Yi."

In Chinese, the terms for "medicine/yi" and "intention/yi" are closely linked. This linguistic relationship gives us insight into a profound inner connection between healing and consciousness. Plants, like people, have levels of consciousness. Herbal medicine utilizes these various aspects of a given plant for engaging complex and lasting healing, beyond what can simply be understood through phytochemistry. Viewed in their wholeness, the capacity of plants as teachers is opened. The "faculty of intention" gives us access to understanding and utilizing plants more fully as both practitioner and patient.

See Evan's lecture at Building Bridges 2016 in Reston, VA. 

Divergent Channels

OCTOBER 1 – 2; OCTOBER 3, 2016

The Channel Divergences are a powerful meridian system able to treat chronic degenerative disease. These channels are perhaps the most mysterious and least understood. However, these underutilized channels can offer strategies to empower practitioners to treat longstanding and complex conditions with increased confidence. This course is a deep exploration of the relationship between the Wei/Defensive Qi and Yuan/Source Qi in the context of the channel systems. The class examines our ability to adapt to toxic environments and the mechanisms by which we clear or maintain latent pathogens in our bodies. The Channel Divergences offer key insights into the concept of immunity. These channels can be used to treat a very wide range of conditions from chronic pain to complicated autoimmune disease.

The class provides a working knowledge of the Channel Divergences’ theory: pathways, points, functions and indications. Their relationships to the other channel systems and role in the overall dynamic of the body’s energies will be made clear. The class includes clinical applications and needling technique demonstrations. Students will leave with multiple strategies for treating some of their most challenging patients.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice. Pulse diagnosis specific to the divergent channels will be presented, greatly adding clinical decision-making. There will be additional time for practicing of clinical skills especially divergent channel needling techniques.

Luo Vessels

APRIL 30 – MAY 1; MAY 2, 2016

The Luo Vessels are a powerful means to treat the shen and the emotions. The Luo Vessels give direct access to Blood, the substance that carries shen and provides the matrix for our conscious emotional life. Yet these channels remain largely unknown or underutilized in most acupuncture practices. Using the Luo Vessels can be especially important for the treatment of psychological and emotional conditions, trauma, circulatory and cardiac conditions, digestive disorders and any imbalance involving the Blood and Ying Qi.

This class will go beyond the common understanding of the Luo Vessels by expanding its theory into a framework for human psycho-social development. The application of The Luo Vessels in true preventative care is described, providing a critical means for maintaining and releasing latent pathogenic factors. The class provides a working knowledge of Luo Vessel theory: pathways, points, functions and indications. Their relationships to the other channel systems and role in the overall dynamic of the body’s energies will be made clear. Clinical applications specific to the Luo Vessels will be demonstrated, such as Bleeding and plum blossoming and moxabustion.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice. Advanced pulse diagnosis of the Luo Vessels will be presented.  Additional time will be spent practicing clinical techniques with a focus on bleeding using lancets and plum blooming. The integration of herbal medicine and acupuncture for treating the Luo Vessels will be presented.

Sinew Channels

MARCH 19 – 20; MARCH 21, 2016

The Sinew Channels mediate our relationship to the external environment. These channels are the map of the Wei Qi terrain. They define our structural alignment and the most exterior boundaries of where and how we meet the world. The application of the Sinew Channels can be especially important and powerful for the treatment of pain, neuromuscular dysfunction, muscular-skeletal conditions, seasonal allergies, environmental sensitivities and many other conditions involving the Wei Qi.

The class provides a thorough theoretical understanding of the Sinew Channels/Jin Jing: their pathways, points, confluences and functions. Their relationships to the other channel systems and role in the overall dynamic of the body’s energies will be made clear. Clinical techniques will be demonstrated: needling techniques specific to the Sinew Channels, gua sha, and cupping. The major Sinew Releases of the neck and pelvis will also be taught. Participants will gain a comprehensive framework for diagnosing and treating using the Sinew Channels.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice.  A pulse system specific to diagnosing the sinew channels will be presented.  We will also learn more sinew releases including the Tai Yang, Yang Ming, Shao Yang and Shao Yin releases.  Additional time will be spent practicing clinical techniques with a special focus on sinew channel needling