Everyday Living

With Asian Medicine & Holistic Nutrition

12-Week Program-

August 30-November 15th

 

This course is designed to give participants a strong foundation in Asian medicine’s foundational theories and their application to body, psyche and the world around them.  All course material is applicable to meet AOBTA (Asian Bodywork Therapies of America) requirements and may fulfil CEU’s/PDA’s for NCCAOM and NCMTMBA. I view Amma therapy and Asian medicine as a lifestyle practice and utilize its principles extensively my everyday life and chosen career. My hope is that others will also learn and embrace these principles to benefit themselves and those around them.

Program Curriculum

Week 1

  • Group introduction
  • program protocol and tools
  • History of Asian Medicine
  • Beginning Yin & Yang Theory

Week 2

  • Yin & Yang Theory, its manifestation, rules and the 6 Divisions (6 Jiao)
    • Yang Ming (Colon & Stomach)
    • T’ai Yang (Small Intestine & Bladder)
    • Xiao Yang (Gallbladder & San Jiao)
    • T’ai Yin (Lung & Spleen)
    • Xiao Yin (Heart & Kidney)
    • Jue Yin (Pericardium & Liver)

Week 3

  • 8 Principles
    • Yin & Yang
    • Interior & Exterior
    • Excess & Deficiency
    • Hot & Cold
  • The Causes of Disease and general overview of course of treatment
    • Exterior
      • Shock & Trauma
      • Accident
      • The 6 Evils (Heat, cold, damp, dry, summer heat & wind)
      • Foods & Ingested chemicals
    • Interior
      • Jing deficiency (Westernly termed constitutional deficiencies–born with it)
      • The 7 Emotions and their manifestation and actions on Qi and the body
      • The 6 Evils Interior
      • Physiological and psychological imbalances

Week 4

  • The Cycle of Tides & Introduction The 12 Organs. Organ functions and channel will be eleborated on within the Yin/Yang Theory’s 6 Jiao and in each of the 5 Element phases.
  • The 3 Treasures-Qi, Blood & Jing
  • The Generation of Qi, Blood & Fluids
  • Identifying disharmonies of Qi, Blood & Fluids, their manifestations and organ involvement and general course of treatment. For example what Qi deficiency looks like and how it may affect the person’s body, actions, emotions and thoughts.

Week 5-10

  • The 5 Element & Seasons:
    • Wood/Spring
    • Fire/Summer
    • Earth/Late Summer
    • Metal/Autumn
    • Water/Winter

With regards to each season we will cover in relation to both the environment and the body and mind. I utilize both Classical 5 Element and Contemporary 5 Element the latter focuses the filter or tint on the windshield through which the person engages in the world in either harmony or disharmony (i.e. victimization, fear, contempt, anger, etc.)

  • Season
  • Energetic nature (is it Yin or Yang, growth or decline) actions of the body
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Odor
  • Emotions–in vice and virtue
  • Yin organ–overview of channel pathway, functions and favorite points
  • Yang organ–overview of channel pathway, functions and favorite points. (sorry, we can’t cover them all 😉
  • Time of day
  • Flavor
  • Seasonal foods and appropriate cooking techniques
  • Common disharmonies and manifestations of disease
  • Qigong, self massage and appropriate exercises corresponding with the season
  • Identifying excess or deficiency within the season/body and its corresponding organs
  • Bach flower correspondences

Week 11 & 12

  • Beginning Assessment: Tongue, Pulse, Observation and assessment of common pathologies and how to translate their nature into Asian principles and to start formulating treatments. The direction of the two final weeks will be dictated by where the group is at with information and where they feel they need greater elaboration or clarity.

Handouts/Charts–I am in the process of refining these and they will be shared with those enrolled before each class to which they pertain.

  • Yin & Yang
  • 6 Jiao
  • Generation of Qi, Blood & Fluids
  • Cycle of Tides
  • 5 Elements–Sheng & No sequence in balance and out of balance
  • 5 Element Assessment of children–actions, demeanor, etc
  • 12 Channels–one for each with favorite point locations and recommendations
  • Interior & Exterior Causes of Disease
  • Emotions–excess and deficiency, vice and virtue
  • Spiral Dynamics
  • Bach Flower Essences and their correspondences to each of the 5 Elements
  • Common Pathologies quick reference

 

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