This week marks another end to an NUHS trimester! As I've
blogged previously, this is a time of endings and beginnings. Many
classmates are preparing for the fall trimester. Some students are
graduating. Others are deciding to begin a new adventure as an NUHS
One event that happens near the end of every trimester is our
clinic lottery. This is the time we sign up for our upcoming clinic
shifts. It's called a lottery as it is based on seniority and
chance. Groups divided by seniority enter the clinic room. Then, we
draw numbers to sign up for our clinic shifts. Being a senior
intern, this is a fun social time for me.
Signing up for the clinic shifts lottery.
When I began at NUHS, the AOM student population was small. It
has grown significantly over the past couple of years. It continues
to expand each trimester. As a result, I think the lottery can be a
time of luck and chance for the new students in determining their
Looking back at this past trimester, I think I experienced a
great deal of education in class and clinically. The experiences I
had at Stroger Hospital were priceless. I feel the patient
interactions along with advancements in my clinical knowledge
exceeded my expectations. Being a rotating resident at Stroger's
offers a new depth of understanding in patient care and application
of AOM. I am thankful to be invited to continue this opportunity
Swans and their cygnets on campus.
I also experienced many increases in responsibilities in my home
life. I was stretched by many circumstances. These circumstances
helped me learn how to further balance being a student,
resident/intern, mom, and more. I find it fascinating that some how
everything always comes together. It seems the heaviest weight when
trying to balance home life and school is my perception that they
will be hard to balance. As I learned in Tai Chi, once I relax into
the flow of events, everything comes together. It's when I resist
or worry about them that stress prevails. So, much like "push
hands," a Tai Chi exercise, when I relax into the flow everything
balances each other.
Thank you for reading my blog each week! I look forward to
sharing more with you next trimester!!!
Originally, I was writing this week's blog about AOM's ability
to treat hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). I have chosen to post
that in a future blog. After the events that occurred 7/20/12, the
shooting in Colorado, I feel pulled to blog about this instead of
HFMD. I didn't personally know any of the victims, but my heart has
hurt for them and their loved ones. I have no interest in blogging
about the man who committed the heinous act, but instead, the
desire to support those whose lives have been shaken as a result of
the evil act.
I cannot begin to understand how the family members of the
victims feel at this time. I cannot imagine how the girlfriends' of
the men who died saving their lives feel. It overwhelms me to think
about how the parents and loved ones of the children who died feel.
I am unable to grasp how any of the victims struggling for life and
their loved ones feel at this time. Every life in this world
counts, regardless if another deems otherwise.
As President Obama stated in his address, this event reminds us
life is fragile and to hug our children and loved ones a bit
tighter tonight. Sadly, the families and friends who lost their
sons and daughters, spouses, best friends, and more cannot give
that extra hug we are so fortunate to do today, and for many days
to come. I feel in addition to giving our families extra love, we
should also send loving energy and prayers to those
In AOM, we are taught a form of medicine called Qi Gong. An
aspect of Qi Gong involves meditation. In one of the meditations,
we are guided to go up to Universal energy. For some, Universal
energy means God, the Dao, Divine Spirit, and so on. One's
underlying belief system can be personal to them and should not act
as a barrier to participate in the meditation. The important thing
is to go into absolute good Universal energy and meditate in it.
While meditating in this energy field, we are taught to think the
word or image of love. Once our whole being and meditation space is
filled with love, we are taught to project this love to a specific
area for the purpose of healing. I believe it would be extremely
beneficial for all of us to do this meditation daily, sending the
loving energy to those suffering from the effects of the Colorado
shooting. Since love is infinite and limitless, we are taught we
can send love to all those it is the highest good to
If you're open to it, please give this meditation a try! I
believe, even the smallest ripple affects the waves that move the
ocean. We can each be a ripple that unites for the good of
humanity! If you have any questions about the meditation, please
email me at
This week is midterm week, so many students are feeling a bit
stressed. Fortunately, we have come to appreciate the calming
effects of AOM treatments and therapies. During this time of the
trimester, we often use points for aiding in the ability to study,
stay focused, and remain relaxed.
Some of these points include si shen cong, which are four points
at the top of the head, DU20 at the vertex of the head, and yin
tang, a point on the face in the center between the eyebrows. Si
shen cong and DU20 are displayed in the picture. A combination of
points often referred to as "four gates" is also very powerful at
reducing stress that tends to occur during midterm week.
Auricular points are also very popular for reducing stress. My
favorite auricular point for reducing stress, feeling centered, and
staying focused is shen men, which is pictured.
Since we study this medicine, we know what points to use and
when to use them. We know when they might be contraindicated due to
other diagnoses present. The nice thing is since there appears to
be an infinite ability to choose and combine points, there is
always a way to use acupuncture to reduce stress.
In addition to using acupuncture to stay relaxed and focused,
herbal formulas are very helpful in promoting stress reduction. Two
of my favorite formulas that help reduce stress depending on
Chinese medicine diagnosis are xiao yao pian (pictured) and Chai hu
jia long gu mu li tang.
In AOM, a big result of stress is a pattern called liver qi
stagnation. In short, that means a blockage of qi flow primarily in
the meridian (liver) that deals with frustration, depression, or
feeling overwhelmed. This can lead to many other problems in other
channels. The spleen channel deals with anxiety, so many times it's
useful to treat the liver and spleen channels together depending on
how the patient presents in the clinic.
Xiao yao pian harmonizes the liver and spleen meridians, among
other actions, which greatly aids in reducing stress and promoting
concentration. Chai hu jia long gu mu li tang works to sedate and
calm the spirit. It also creates a very calming effect.
In addition to acupuncture and herbs, many of us use Tai Chi, Qi
Gong and yoga to keep ourselves centered and balanced. These
modalities combine breath, movement, and visualization to promote
healthy qi flow. This aids by bringing our mind, body and spirit
into a place of balance and well-being.
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