chinesemedicine

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. 

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. 

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.