This is the time of the trimester when many students are heavily
engrossed in studying--this week is entrance and exit exams. As
mentioned in previous blogs, three sets of students take entrance
and exit exams:
The initial entrance exam includes testing over point location
and theory, foundations of AOM, biomedicine, and a practical exam.
The senior entrance exam includes a more advanced version of exams
covering those subjects. Additionally, these students are tested in
herbology. The exit exam includes all the subjects the senior
entrance exams include, but omits the practical portion.
This week I am taking the graduation exit exams. I feel that
preparing for these exams is helping me to prepare for taking my
board exams. I feel the exit exams are insightful in showing me how
much I have learned and retained, how prepared I am for my board
exams, and as a way of reminding myself of things I may have
forgotten. I find this preparation is very useful for my clinical
work as well. Reviewing all the material since beginning at NUHS is
helping me rediscover information I had forgotten. As a result,
it's helping me re-expand the application of this information
As shown in previous blogs, I have two adorable cats that enjoy
helping me study. Typically they let me know when it's time
for a study break, as shown in the picture above.
Thank you for reading my blog this week. I hope you make this a
For several years I have been reading about and learning how
apply acupressure and other forms of AOM on my pets, without using
needles. Recently, I have been reading more on how to understand
and apply this form of care for animals. My pets have always
responded in a very positive manner, which continues to inspire me
to learn more about these practices.
While I feel I am a complete novice when it comes to
applying acupressure to animals, I thought it would be fun to share
some pictures and experiences of using it on my pets.
My cats seem to love receiving acupressure and Tui Na. Tui Na is
a form of Chinese medical massage. It works with balancing yin and
yang and restoring healthy qi flow.
My grey striped cat Rosie, shown in the pictures, has had
digestive upsets since birth. As a result, I have treated her
primarily with Healing Touch (a form of chakra based energy work),
Tui Na, and acupressure. She has always found relief with these
treatments. They appear to remove digestive blocks and imbalances.
Now, whenever she appears a bit bloated, she sachets over to my
feet, lies down, and rolls on her belly to be massaged!
As you can see from the pictures, both my cats enjoy receiving
massages and acupressure from the pink Chinese massager. The
massager is actually a human head and neck massager on one end and
acupressure roller on the other end.
One day when Rosie's abdomen was rather distended, I decided to
use it on her abdomen and various acupressure points to see if it
would help her and if she would tolerate it. She appeared to enjoy
it from its first application with very positive results. Her
distention went down and other gastric symptoms she had been
displaying stopped. The cats then inherited the massager.
I notice after I use various forms of needle-free AOM on my
pets, they are much more playful and relaxed. I am forever
fascinated by all the ways AOM can be applied and offer true
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