Topics - Great River Symposium 2014

Listed in chronological order.


Constitutional Facial Acupuncture: The New Protocols

Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, LAc, MS, MM
Explore the definition of facial acupuncture, benefits and contraindications - and information on the three levels of constitutional treatment: Jing, Ying and Wei. The facial protocols utilize the origin and insertion of the facial muscles to more effectively lift and tone the face. Learn the location and TCM indications for the three Shen scalp points which will be paired with specific essential oils and can be used to address psychospiritual issues that may arise during a treatment.

A complete topical Chinese herbal treatment, featuring natural creams, essential oils, hydrosols and the use of jade rollers, will be introduced to support and enhance the results of the needling protocols. A demonstration of the entire treatment protocol will reinforce your learning. The protocols in this seminar are based upon those in Wakefield’s new book, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture, published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone (UK).


Exploring the Primary Channels

Jeffrey C. Yuen, LAc
The essentials of Chinese acupuncture are based on the energetics of the Primary Channels. Yet today, their applications are generally as extensions of the Zang-Fu. Little is taken into consideration regarding the sequence of these channels and the clinical significance of their progression from the origin of the Lung channel to the final pathway of the Liver channel.

With the contention that the organization of these channels are unique to the understanding of Chinese medicine based on philosophical and spiritual development, explore and examine why the primary channels hold important insights to our own cultivation of healing and health.


Section 1: Evolution of TCM in Assisted Reproductive Technology: Complementing Treatments and Reducing Complications to Enhance Outcomes (One Healthy Baby)

Section 2: Evolution of Insulin Resistance: An Integrated Medical Model to Manage PCOS, Obesity and CVD

Paul Magarelli, MD, PhD and Diane Cridenda, LAc, DOM(NM)

Learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can impact reproductive medicine’s management of infertility and the devastating consequence of insulin resistance (IR). Discuss in detail the evolution of TCM in the management of infertility and IR diseases such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Witness, first hand, how TCM and Western practitioners conduct research, publish and manage patients to create “One Medicine™”.


Spring Forest Qi Gong Level 1 and 2 Active Exercises and Meditation

Jacqueline Gran, SFQ master healer and teacher
Discover and practice simple ancient Chinese ways to move your own energy for wellness and healing utilizing Spring Forest Qigong level 1 and 2 active exercises and the small universe meditation.


Using Herbs for Pain Management

John Chen, LAc, PhD, PharmD, OMD
Understand the indication, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, side effects and adverse reactions of drugs and clinical research of herbs. Differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of herb and drug therapies. Distinguish situations when drugs are superior to herbs and when herbs are superior to drugs.

Learn about herbs with similar functions to drugs according to their functions and clinical research. Find out about situations when herbs can be used as an alternative to drugs with similar or better therapeutic effects, or less side effects.


Patient Engagements: Better Outcomes, Better Business

Ruth Eaton, LAc, RN
Research suggests that patients who are more engaged in their health care have better health outcomes. How have you structured your practice in a way that provides clear pathways for patients to understand and get involved in improving their well-being? Learn about and generate new ideas and valuable tools to create a great patient experience that fits for your practice.


Traditional Diets, Modern Misunderstandings

Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM (NM), ACN
Understand the common elements of traditional diets and the differences between health then and the challenges with our degenerating health now. More and more evidence points to long-term nutritional depletion and how our modern diet contributes to these deficiencies.

The fallacy of low-fat diets, the challenges of whole grains, vegetarianism, high carb eating — all of these will be discussed in detail as to how they contribute to subclinical malnourishment. Learn where to get your vital nutrition and apply it for your patients and yourself.


Neo-Classical Pulse Diagnosis: A Focus on the Six Divisions

William R. Morris, LAc, PhD, DAOM
Explore Neo-Classical Pulse Diagnosis as a framework for channel assessment. In addition to dialogue about the origins of the Six Division pulse method, gain experience in applying the method to sinew vessel conditions as well as existential plight.


Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider

Ann Zimmerman-Hohn
The American Heart Association's BLS for Healthcare Providers Course is designed to train you in the lifesaving skills of both CPR and AED use and relief of choking based on the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines. 

The BLS for Healthcare Providers Course covers a lot of material in a relatively short time, therefore, the following advanced preparation is recommended:

  • Purchase a 2010 BLS for the Healthcare Provider text and CPR Micromask - available from our bookstore: call 952-885-5416 to order
  • Review the text, paying particular attention to the steps of CPR and relief of choking
  • Carefully read the objectives at the beginning of each section in the text
  • Review the video clips on the CD

Wear loose comfortable clothing to the session. You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands and knees, bending, standing and lifting. If you have any physical conditions that might prevent you from performing these activities, tell one of the instructors when you arrive for the course. The instructor will work to accommodate your needs within the stated course completion requirements.

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