The spring trimester has started after a much needed holiday break. I finally had enough time off to visit my family, so that was a blessing. I had time to repot some plants, get lots of sleep, start a few projects, and attend a continuing education course on the 13 ghost points.
Sun Si Miao summarized and interpreted a protocol developed by a pioneering physician named Bian Que, who is considered by some, one of the fathers of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)1. The 13 ghost point protocol addresses various clinical circumstances such as psychiatric disorder, complicated cases, extreme Shen disturbances, and neurological disorders. I really enjoyed the class, as I feel drawn to how acupuncture can treat psycho-emotional conditions. We covered the topic briefly in the advanced diagnoses and treatment strategy course (OM6451), and so I was excited when I found the class online.
If you come across a topic that interests you, take advantage of the internet and see what you can find! Due to the pandemic, there are a lot more course offerings online, both live and pre-recorded. A tip for students: if you reach out to the course teacher, inform him/her you are a current student, and they may give you a discount code! This term I am in senior level herbal medicine courses, so I definitely have my work cut out for me.
Have a great week & welcome back!