AAMA 22nd Annual Symposium
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Anna C. Kelly, MD, FAAMA
Concurrent workshops (8 AM - 5 30 PM)
--Pre-Symposium Workshop I – “Korean Hand Therapy”
Lowell Kobrin, MD, PhD, FAAMA, Coos Bay, Oregon
This workshop will cover the essentials for successful diagnosis and treatment using Korean Hand Therapy. As a prerequisite to the Introductory segment, one should have a comfortable knowledge of the body meridians and points, the Eight Principles and Zang/Fu theory. As a prerequisite to the afternoon segment, one should have a solid understanding of Five Phase dynamics (Shen and Ke cycles) and a basic understanding of the Extraordinary (Curious) meridians, and must have completed the morning introductory course in Korean Hand Therapy.
Participants will be able to explore through hands-on demonstration and practice the application of KHT techniques in the treatment of common clinical situations under the direction of the faculty and assistants.
Morning: “Introduction to Korean Hand Acupuncture and Its Advantages in Clinical Practice”
This four-hour intensive will give the practitioner the basic information needed to begin using the Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) microsystem. The KHT system, discovered by Dr. Tae-Woo Yoo, provides a complete template of the traditional meridian system of the body, but the treatments are very delicate, efficient, rapid, safe and highly effective. Any system of acupuncture can be applied to the KHT microsystem with the same results as the traditional body points. The content of this introduction will include micromeridian anatomy and theory, methods for stimulating the KHT points, correspondence therapy, basic therapy (three Jiao) and formulary therapy (e.g. Four gates, Source points, Mo points, etc.).
Afternoon: “Intermediate Course in Korean Hand Therapy: Three Constitutions Diagnosis as a Basis for Five Element and Extraordinary Meridian Therapy”
This four-hour intensive will cover Three Constitutions diagnosis as a basis for Five Element and Extraordinary meridian therapy. Abdominal palpation skills and carotid/radial pulse diagnosis will be taught. Demonstrations using class participants will be done when appropriate.
--Pre-Symposium Workshop II – “Paradigm Shifts in Integrative Medicine: Learn How to Improve Clinical Outcomes by Combining Medical Acupuncture and Functional Medicine”
Steve Amoils, MD, Claudia Harsh, MD, Cincinnati, OH
Dr’s Steve Amoils and Claudia Harsh will discuss the science and practical use of a collection of functional medicine therapies that are immediately applicable for integration into your medical acupuncture practice. They will share the benefits of over 100,000 acupuncture treatments and years of functional medicine experience to help you treat pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal symptoms, menstrual disorders, infertility and more. Gain insight on how to combine the unique awareness of acupuncture concepts with the understanding of biochemical individuality in order to create outstanding results for your patients.
--Pre-Symposium Workshop III – “
Medical Qigong Exercise Prescriptions”
Rey Ximenes, MD, FAAMA
Dr. Ximenes will present the history and role of medical qigong in Chinese medicine, along with simple to learn medical qigong exercises that are prescribed for particular illnesses and imbalances of the lungs, liver, spleen (digestion) and kidneys, for example. Participants will learn the theory behind the exercises and be able to practice and prescribe medical qigong exercises for their patients.
Pre-Symposium Workshop IV – “Introduction to the Principles of Classical Acupuncture”
Edward Neal MD, Portland, Oregon
Morning: An introduction to the history of classical acupuncture, the Nei Jing and an overview of the major theories of classical physiology and cyclical time space rhythms together with a review of the basic clinical principles derived from these: Zheng Qi (upright Qi), Xie Qi (pathogenic Qi), Shen (organizing illumination), Yin level pathology and Yang level pathology.
Afternoon: Introduction to the theory of the heavenly stem/earthly branch influences on human physiology and climate and the theory of the medical Ba Zi (medical astrological horoscope). Participants will learn how to construct a Song dynasty medical horoscope. This provides a direct and practical way to apply the principles and theories of seasonal time/space flow found in the acupuncture classics within the clinical setting. It was used by classical practitioners to reveal basic strengths and weakness of the individual and may be used as well by modern practicioners to guide preventive therapy and the treatment of present illness.
The clinical skills of Renying/Cunkou pulse diagnosis will be introduced. This system is a classical diagnostic technique derived from the Ling Shu that compares the carotid (Renying) with the radial artery (Cunkou) pulses in order to diagnose Yin/Yang pathology within the channels. It is a classical technique that can readily be learned and incorporated into modern acupuncture practice.