In previous blogs, I have spoken about extra webinars or
seminars being very beneficial. I was able to attend the AOM pulse
club's webinar hosting Jimmy Chang. Jimmy Chang is well known for
being an expert in pulse diagnosis. The webinar was an hour long,
and since they are free, anyone can watch if they have Internet
Noel, the president of the pulse club, standing next to the
The webinar was an introduction in how to examine the patient's
hand, wrist and arm. These parts can tell the acupuncturist a lot.
For example, he spoke of feeling for temperature differences
between the wrist and the forearm, the color of the veins in the
wrist and forearm, and whether they travel up the arm or not. It
was fascinating and I have already started implementing the tactics
in my clinical experience.
I recently signed up for my other three boards. I would
definitely recommend signing up in advance because what I have
found, is signing up a month before you want to take an exam may
not result in many choices of days available. The other option is
to drive to a further location such as Chicago, Wisconsin or
Speaking of Indiana, a fellow soon-to-be graduate took his
Foundations exam and passed. He said the Acupuncture Strategy class
we take with HB Kim really prepares the student for the test. There
were a few cases of difficult terminology on the test. Different
schools, especially the Five Element schools of acupuncture, use
different terminology for excess or deficiency and the different
pulse positions. But these questions were few and need not be
I will be taking my exams in the next month and a half. I want
to finish as soon as I can because the state application process
can take several months. A past graduate friend of mine waited at
least three months for her state license. So be prepared, you may
have to wait. I am going to try and start the application process
and mail as many documents as I can in advance to hopefully speed
up the process.
Holy cow! It's the start of the eighth week and only eight more
to go 'til the big day. The weeks seem to fly by. I have already
applied for graduation and need to check if I have completed all of
my university and community service hours. It is best to start
early on in the program because before you know it you will be
Community service hours are volunteer work done throughout the
community, possibly helping with a relay race or at a food shelter.
University hours are done on campus and there are many
possibilities, such as helping with the recycle program.
We have a newly formed Pulse Club, founded by Noel Jensen, the
president of the AOM club. They have had two meetings that meet
random days to try to accommodate everyone's schedule. It can be
hard to find the perfect day because even though all the students
have night classes, some have morning or afternoon clinic shifts
that are hard to work around.
In the club, they are listening to a 5-part seminar by Jimmy
Chang, a well-known acupuncturist and expert in reading the pulse.
The seminars can be taken individually through the Lotus Institute.
Weekly free webinars on various topics are great for students.
There are a few of these free webinars online, just Google and sign
up on their email list to receive weekly reminders. I have watched
a few, namely on inflammation and pain, common pediatric syndromes
seen in clinic, and a fertility webinar.
More Good News
My husband recently received his score on the Part 4
chiropractic boards and he did very well. He scored high enough to
practice in any state in the U.S. Two states require 100 points
higher than the others and he surpassed that number. So now we have
a new dilemma of whether to stay in Illinois or move to a warmer
My husband and I.
It's usually not until the last few trimesters that students
start thinking about where they will practice and whether they will
open a practice, independent contract, work for another medical
professional, or continue their education. National does provide an
Alumni link on our website where other
professionals can advertise. Job offers, practices for sale and
even equipment for sale can be found. Acupuncture Today, a
publication for acupuncturists, has a classified section as well as
the state AOM organization. Many possibilities, it's just finding
the one that suits you is the hardest decision. Well, wish me
A recent grad that moved to China to teach and intern has made a
trip back to Illinois. Hopefully, next week I will have a blog
about her experiences in China.
Before I begin to talk about the title of this week's blog, I am
happy to announce I did well on all of my exams. Yeah, go me! I try
not to freak out before tests, but this trimester is pretty
As I mentioned last week, the AOM club was hosting the film
"9000 Needles" here at the school. The proceeds were to benefit the
gentleman, Devin Dearth, on whom the film was based. The movie was
offered on two days and I helped with the first day. We had a nice
turnout of about 40 people and I think Wednesday's turnout was
similar. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the film
and our profession.
The movie was a great way to see how effective Traditional
Oriental Medicine (TOM) integrated with western medicine could be
on an individual who may not have much hope with western medicine
alone. The documentary takes the viewer on a heart-wrenching
journey of Devin Dearth (a former bodybuilder) and his family's
conviction to get the best care and rehabilitation after Devin's
debilitating intracerebral stroke. After insurance claims were
exhausted, their only option was to continue rehabilitation and pay
out of pocket. The catch: it would cost the family $150,000 a month
to continue care at the state-of-the-art rehabilitation center he
Devin's brother investigated other alternatives and came across
TOM. A hospital in Tian Jin, China, integrates TOM with western
medicine to achieve incredible results. From the day he stepped
into the hospital to the day he left 10 weeks later, he received
nothing but the best care. Everyone from the doctors to the
cleaning staff treated him like family. They gave great moral
support and really wanted him to recover. For example, Devin could
barely move any of his limbs when he arrived at the hospital and on
the first day after receiving acupuncture with electric
stimulation, herbs, cupping, and tui na, he was able to lift his
right leg four inches off the bed! How incredible to see after
other therapies could hardly come close to that success. I quote,
"He received more treatment in one day than in weeks in the U.S."
I don't want to spoil the movie for you, but Devin does make
significant recovery and I think it proves that oriental medicine
and western medicine can achieve better results together. I hope
this film is enlightening for those who are doubtful of our
medicine as it proves success.
Pictured above (L-R) are Dr. Yurasek, Dr. Kwon
and Noel Jenson, president of AOM club.
After the show, Dr. Yihyun Kwon, assistant professor of
acupuncture and oriental medicine, gave a presentation on stroke.
Dr. Kwon, who attended Kyung Hee University for his PhD, wrote his
thesis on stroke and has significant knowledge on how to treat
stroke victims. Dr. Kwon always wondered why so many stroke victims
in Asia have been successfully treated but not in the U.S. Many of
the victims are not aware of the benefits acupuncture and TOM have
to offer. Dr. Kwon wants to extend his knowledge of how to treat
these patients to our students at National. Dr. Kwon, with help
from our assistant dean, Dr. Frank Yurasek and other fellow
professors have started a stroke case study. We are looking for
those individuals who have had a stroke between 1.5 months up to a
year ago that would like to participate in a 12-week program.
So please spread the word and contact Dr. Kwon at
630-889-6608, firstname.lastname@example.org for more
All those wondering about the effectiveness of acupuncture
should save the date, 3/15 and 3/16 at 7pm to come to National
University to see the famous film "9000 Needles." The film follows
a 40-year-old stroke victim who after exhausting all of his other
options travels to Tian Jin University in China, to see what
acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has to offer in aiding his
recovery. After the film, one of my favorite professors will be
speaking about his experience with stroke. Dr. Yihyun Kwon received
his DAOM in China and wrote his thesis on stroke.
So don't miss it!! The film will be showing in our Student
Center. Hope to see you there :)
Hey there, everyone, well I made it through my psychopathology
midterm. It was as I predicted, hard. There were 10
questions, three of which were essay and the others short
answer. One of the short answer questions was a seven-part
essay with in-depth descriptions in each part. We had two hours in
which to complete the task and I, like always, used the whole time
but definitely could have used another half hour. I guess I am just
a slow test taker.
Herbal Seminar 4 Midterm
My second test was on Friday and even though I have studied
throughout the trimester, I still feel like I didn't have a grip on
all of the info, however, the test wasn't that bad. Herbal Seminar
4 also was essay and short answer questions. Essay questions are
practical in this part of our education because they simulate a
real patient. These herbal seminar classes take herbs to another
level because not only do we need to know the function of the
formulas (in pinyin), but also we now have to memorize every
ingredient and dosage. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining; I
am preparing those future herbal students for what is to come.
So much coffee has made it difficult for me to sleep and a few
nights I don't fall asleep 'til 4:00am, which is frustrating. So I
did my body a favor and went to get acupuncture myself and Dr. Cai
helped me modify a few formulas to suit my TCM pattern
Granules are an addition to the herb room. Granules are raw
herbs but better because they are already cooked and all one has to
do is dissolve them in hot water and drink. So of course, with my
hectic schedule I prepared them in granule form. They look and
smell so good. A plethora of colors! But don't worry we still
offer raw herbs and patent formulas.
Ahh, spring, what a wonderful season to experience nature's
entire awakening after the long cold winter. This weekend was a
wonderfully warm one, almost too warm to be called spring. It was
in the 90s this weekend and I definitely wanted to enjoy it while I
could, in-between studying of course. My husband and I like to
enjoy the many parks around where we live. We get to enjoy nature
while getting a little exercise by walking around the lake. All of
the trees are green and a few flowers are starting to bloom and in
Chinese medicine the body is similarly renewing itself.
Springtime in Chinese medicine belongs to the Liver. The Liver
is associated with the element Wind. Wind is fast and free flowing
and it is said, "Wind is the leader of the hundred diseases." Many
disorders that occur in the spring are linked with Wind Heat or
Wind Cold. In biomedical terms, these may present as the common
cold, allergies, asthma, and even eczema or urticaria. Each of
these disorders may present differently in each person depending on
their underlying constitution.
Nevertheless, one way to support the Liver in springtime is with
your diet. Since Liver is in charge of free coursing the qi, we
want to nourish the yang qi with our diet. (In Chinese Medicine the
Qi is yang and the Blood is yin). We also want to strengthen the
immune system because old diseases can be provoked due to the
active liver qi in the spring. For example, if one did not eat
according to season, they may have caused injury that will manifest
itself in the spring. Foods to incorporate into one's diet during
the spring include scallion, garlic, chives, and kale; these foods
nourish the yang. One will also want to eat less sour food such as
pickles, plum and Hawthorne because too much will cause stomach
upset. Incorporate foods that are sweet in nature such as yam,
fruit, beets, spinach, and carrot. Sweet food does not refer to
candy, ice cream or pastries; these foods will lower your immune
system and cause damp in Chinese medicine. Also avoid cold foods
and heavy or spicy foods that can be detrimental to the Liver and
Cleansing may also offer your body and Liver benefit. Currently,
National has a Spring Cleanse meeting with support from one of the
naturopathic medicine teachers who has given ideas and options for
cleansing. I personally have used cleanses and I believe they are a
great way to jump start your spring, but I believe they should be
supervised by a physician.
National also offers a fresh foods delivery from a local farm
that carries organic fruits, veggies and meats as a great way to
start your spring off to a healthy start!
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