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.
Can you believe it's Week 9 already? The weeks just seem to fly
by especially when you have a jam-packed week. Lately, I have been
adding to the craziness by going in early on Mondays to treat a
patient who can only make that time, so last Monday was 13-hour day
at school. But I treated myself with an acupuncture treatment on my
day off, Thursday.
However, for the past three weeks I have been going in on
Thursday mornings to help out in the herbal pharmacy. I used to
work in the herb room and when I did, I felt more confident in my
herbal strategy so I've begun to volunteer. It's a great learning
experience because we are treating a Hepatitis B patient with herbs
who has been improving over the last few months documented by the
lab work she receives every month.
Ask any student and even the calmest will say they feel a little
more stirred up when midterms come along. After being at National
for over 5 years (including my B.S.) I have definitely learned to
chill out more around test time. But midterms still have me staying
up a little later studying. I have learned that the calmer one is
when taking a test, the more you will remember. I especially
couldn't get through midterms without my husband who gives me
encouragement and makes me home cooked meals that feed my brain's
Currently I am studying for three midterms, one of which is for
Psychopathology, in which every question will be in essay form and
should be at least a one-page answer, states Dr. Delfosse, our
instructor. I enjoy the class because it helps me realize what some
of our mental illness patients are experiencing.
One of the topics we have discussed is PTSD, short for
posttraumatic stress disorder. Auricular acupuncture works
exceptionally well at treating the symptoms of PTSD. We use a
protocol called NADA, which has been used all over the world for
recovering addicts. We currently treat PTSD veterans of war for
free on Thursdays at the clinic. So spread the word!
The picture is of me studying with the help of fuzzy feline,
What a nice long weekend to end Midterm Week - and actually the
week wasn't as bad as I expected because a few of my exams were
postponed to another week. Midterms were midterms and a little
hectic. Luckily, I work for the Office of Admissions and they allow
me to take off work for tests or quizzes, which allowed for more
study time. I still have three midterms but being spaced out makes
it more manageable.
Happy Birthday Nation!
I had the opportunity to see two town's fireworks this year.
Wheaton had theirs on Saturday and my husband and I got the
opportunity to see them from the top of a parking garage in
downtown Wheaton probably five miles away from the actual site.
Others had the same idea and were camped out up there. We were able
to see the higher ones and the grand finale. On Sunday, we went to
visit family in Elgin for a barbecue and see the fireworks in St.
Charles, a family tradition. We were able to get front row seating
and man was it great! The fireworks were practically on top of us.
It was a spectacular show with what seemed like three grand
finales! Great job, St. Charles!
Down to Business…
My husband is in business class and he has been completing our
business plan throughout the trimester. We only have a year left to
go and it's kind of scary once you start crunching numbers and
realize how much it is going to cost to start up a business.
Completing a business and marketing plan has been a grueling
process for him and me, when I have time to help him.
Banks require a precise business plan with everything from what
your marketing strategy is to whom your target population is, as
well as growth and much more. The business class consists of
different speakers weekly or bi-weekly. They each have different
areas of expertise and advice to help navigate you in a positive
direction. However, some students in the past have said it needs to
be updated. I am not quite sure what that means, but my husband has
benefitted much from the class. I will most likely take the class
next trimester and I will be more able to describe what we
The business plan is very consuming and on my husband's mind
non-stop, which can be very stressful. That's probably one of the
reasons that graduates join other practices, because it is an
easier and maybe a safer route. I believe that opening a business
is the right pathway for us, but there are other options such as
teaching, working in hospitals or other clinics, working for
resorts or in spas. Either way, there is something out there for
Illinois is pretty flooded with chiropractors but not as many
acupuncturists. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good,
because the public is more aware of what chiropractors do and have
to offer, but detrimental because it can be difficult to bring in
new business. There are many marketing strategies but you need to
find the one that will best depict your practice and who you are as
Tidbit: Americans spent over $34 million in CAM therapies
in 2007 and the number is growing. Americans want other options and
are seeking them out.
Hey there, it's officially midterms and as you talk to your
peers you will definitely hear the stress that midterms bring. My
tests are fortunately spread out within a three-week span, which
may or may not be a good thing.
But I get a break from exams with my Western Physical Diagnosis
class taught by Dr. Ezra Cohen. Our class focuses on examining
clinical cases using the western skills we have learned. Dr. Cohen
is passionate about teaching students that a patient is a complex
being with many factors that play a part in their condition. Not
only do you have to consider their physical signs and symptoms, but
also their psyche, self-care and environment.
The physician must not only be able to ask a myriad of
questions, which will often be answered by only one word, but must
master gathering a narrative and asking open ended questions. Often
times the physician will have had most of their questions answered
and the patient will feel "heard" and not cut off after 20 seconds,
which is the typical interruption time of the allopathic visit.
Physicians must be skilled listeners but also ask the right
Dr. Cohen states there are three mindsets of most patients:
restoration, chaos or quest.
Having a small group of students in our class allows us to
explore topics and go beyond the typical structured class setting.
Until next week, wish me luck on my exams : )
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