AAMA 24th Annual Symposium
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Concurrent workshops (8 AM - 5 30 PM)
Chair:Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA
Pre-Symposium Workshop I – "Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis"
Ross Rosen, L.Ac. & Brandt Stickley, L.Ac.
This Workshop will introduce the major concepts of Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis™ (hereinafter "CCPD"), the Principle and 22 Complementary pulse positions and the most commonly encountered pulse qualities, clinical significance and some interpretation and much more. The workshops will be dedicated to the theoretical underpinnings, methodology and practical instructions required for immediate application into ones clinical practice.
CCPD is a sophisticated system of diagnostics which relies on the subtleties of the sensations, qualities and structure of the radial artery at both wrists. Heavily steeped in ancient wisdom and classical pulse diagnosis dating back thousands of years, CCPD breaks out of the dogma of pulse systems that in many respects are not relevant to the present day and age. CCPD provides insight into the modern diseases and constitutional imbalances that affect modern man in an industrial world.
CCPD, while having its roots in classical pulse systems, was significantly adapted by Dr. John H.F. Shen over the course of his long and well renowned career having seen hundreds of thousands of patients. After an intensive apprenticeship with Dr. Shen over a period of 28 years, Dr. Leon Hammer took on the arduous task of codifying and continuing the evolution of this pulse system.
The intricacies of CCPD are complex and require significant amounts of hands on training with a certified teacher to fully learn. Essentially, however, information is synthesized from the combinations of various qualities felt at the six principle pulse positions and the twenty two complementary positions, as well as the qualities perceived uniformly over the entire pulse and at each of the requisite depths. Integrating the information from these seemingly disparate parts, one is able to arrive at a complex diagnosis which prioritizes levels of imbalances of not just the symptomatic representations, but more importantly the root causes of disease.
Incorporating concepts and clinical realities that have not been diagnosed by any diagnostic methods in Chinese medicine, CCPD is truly a treasure which can change the lives of patients. By incorporating a precise measure of a healthy balanced pulse, even the subtlest deviations from this norm can be detected, thus establishing its importance not only in treating disease, but also as a preventative medicine.
- Familiarity with the history, philosophical framework, tradition and lineage of CCPD
- Knowledge of the methodology and procedure for taking the pulse
- Knowledge of the 6 Principal and 22 Complementary pulse positions
- Understanding of the major pulse qualities as well as their terminology and diagnostic import
- Become familiar with the pulse wave forms and their clinical importance
- Understand methodology and foundational concepts of CCPD, including importance of rate, rhythm and stability
- Understanding of diagnoses and theories unique to CCPD, including: Heart Shock, Qi Wild, Nervous System, etc.
- Leave the workshop with skill that can be readily applied clinically.
Pre-Symposium Workshop II – “Chinese Scalp Acupuncture for Central Nervous Disorders”
Instructor Jason Hao, DOM
Chinese scalp acupuncture (CSA) is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods with Western biomedical knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cerebral cortex. Scalp acupuncture has been proven to be the most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders. Scalp acupuncture often produces remarkable results with just a few needles and usually brings about immediate improvements.
Acupuncture has been used to prevent and treat disease in China for thousands of years. Scalp acupuncture, however, is a modern innovation and development with just 40 years of history. Scalp acupuncture is frequently used in the rehabilitation of paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, automobile accidents, and Parkinson's disease. It is also used in pain management, especially that caused by the central nervous system, such as phantom pain, complex regional pain, and residual limb pain. It has been proven to have very effective results in treating PTSD, TBI, aphasia, ataxia, and Menière's disease.
This course introduces CSA to you through didactic material, demonstration of techniques, and clinical experience for participants. The didactic material covers the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the scalp, in order to show the location and indications of scalp acupuncture points. Demonstration and hands-on segments cover needling technique and stimulation of needles on your classmates. This course contains many case studies from Dr. Hao's clinical practice and seminars. The range of his successful cases spans the past thirty years.
The technique of scalp acupuncture is systematic, logical, easy to understand, and relatively straightforward to practice. Chinese scalp acupuncture is more accessible, less expensive, entails less risk, can yield quicker responses, and causes fewer side effects than many Western treatments.
This course is designed for physicians who have completed basic acupuncture training and have had solid experience in clinical acupuncture. Their experience might be in general medical applications, pain management, or rehabilitation medicine. The participants will enhance their clinical ability to improve, relieve, and even cure difficult neurological and neuromuscular problems.
At the conclusion of this training program attendees should be able to:
- Understand the history, theory, and research of Chinese scalp acupuncture;
- Master the locations, proper needling, and clinical applications of each scalp acupuncture area;
- Design and execute special treatments for the disorders accessible to this discipline;
- Improve their effective recovery rate for neurological disorders;
- Help patients with even the most challenging and difficult conditions;
- Add a new high-level skill and performance to their clinical acupuncture practice;
- Recognize contraindications to the use of Chinese scalp acupuncture.
Pre-Symposium Workshop III – "Integrating Acupuncture, Manual Medicine, and Nutraceutical Medicine: ' These are a few of my favorite things...' "
Instructor Jay Sandweiss, DO
Jay Sandweiss has been teaching health related courses nationally and internationally since 1979. His audiences have included medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other allied health professionals. He is extensively trained in the fields of osteopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, applied nutrition, applied kinesiology, and asian martial arts.
Dr. Sandweiss will teach using lecture, demonstration, handouts and in session practice; clinical pearls and techniques from his 32 years office experience. These pearls include dietary, nutraceutical and herbal interventions as well as manual treatment protocols. Attendees will learn how to apply manual medicine treatments to areas of somatic dysfunction throughout the body to enhance their current acupuncture approaches. Medical conditions such as asthma, eczema, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, allergies, fibromyalgia and sleep disorders will be addressed.
Upon completion of this workshop attendees should be able to:
- Have a paradigm for understanding how the language of TCM acupuncture terminology can be understood in modern physiological terms.
- Understand the role and dynamics of dysbiosis, increased intestinal permeability, probiotics, prebiotics, MALT, and GALT, in influencing the immune system and inflammatory pathways.
- Understand how to apply specific dietary, nutritional, and herbal interventions to a variety of common clinical conditions that also respond to acupuncture and manual medicine treatments.
- Understand how medical acupuncture treatments can be used prior or after manual medicine treatments to treat somatic dysfunctions and improve clinical outcomes.
- Take home specific manual medicine techniques for treating common musculoskeletal complaints.
Pre-Symposium Workshop IV – Introduction to Neijing Classical Channel Theory
Instructor Ed Neal, MD
This workshop will examine the key principles of classical acupuncture channel theory. The term classical acupuncture refers to the study and practice of the principles and theories of acupuncture as they were originally described within the classical source texts, primarily the Neijing Suwen and Lingshu (黃帝內經素問靈樞). For over 2,000 years the theories outlined within these texts have served as a root source for all of Chinese medical scholarship and the clinical practice of acupuncture. Despite this undeniable importance, the study and practice of these principles has largely been lost in modern times. The study of classical medicine answers many of the 'whys' and 'wherefores' of the practice of Chinese medicine that typically confuse both the beginning and experienced practitioner alike. Classical medicine has a particular relevance to the practicing physician/acupuncturist, as its theories and clinical practices were developed primarily to treat patients with a high severity of illness – the equivalent to what might be seen with patients in an inpatient or ICU setting today. Practiced correctly, the theories and practices of classical acupuncture have a profound effect on such patients and their disease process as well as with patients found in a more general outpatient practice.
This course will give the participants a thorough introduction to the key concepts of classical channel theory as well as giving the participant a general and historical background to classical acupuncture and Neijing studies. In addition, students will be introduced to basic aspects of classical diagnostic techniques through lecture and hands on experience. This course will be taught entirely from direct translations of classical text material provided by the instructor.
Material that will be covered in this workshop:
- A cultural and historical introduction to the Neijing and the origins of classical acupuncture practice and theory
- An introduction to space/time theory – the cornerstone of classical medicine
- A description of the classical concepts of pathology
- A description of the classical concepts of treatment
- An introduction to the classical Nine Needles (theory and overview)
- An introduction to the 26 acupuncture needle techniques described within the Lingshu (theory and overview)
In addition, answers will be give to such basic theoretical questions as:
- What is qi (氣)?
- What is a channel (經)?
- What is a vessel (脈)?
- What is a point? (穴輸)?
- What is luo vessel (絡)?
- What is a separation tributary (別)?
- What is divergent channel (經別)?
- What is a tendon (筋)?
- What is a root and branch (根結)?
- What is a skin region (皮之部)?
- What is a zheng channel (正)?
- What is Yin (陰)?
- What is Yang (陽)?
- What is the meaning of the Five Motions (elements) (五行)
- What is the meaning of the Six Conformations (Shaoyang, Yangming, Taiyang, Jueyin, Shaoyin, Taiyin) (少陽, 陽明, 太陽, 厥陰, 少陰, 太陰)
- How can we begin to visualize inside of the body (a classical practice) (theory and practice)?
- What are the principles of classical forearm diagnosis (theory and practice)?
- What are the principles of classical Renying/Cunkou six conformation pulse diagnosis (theory and practice)?
- What are the principles involved in formulating a classical treatment strategy?
At the end of this seminar, the participants should be able to give the answers to these questions.