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  • Farewell to Frank Scott as Academic Dean; Welcome, Brendan Mattson

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    Left, Frank Scott, former Academic Dean of PCOM-Chicago; right, Jack Miller, President of PCOM

    On December 15, Brendan Mattson, L.Ac., becomes the Graduate Program Dean and we say a fond farewell to Frank Scott, L.Ac., who has served, mentored, and cared for the Chicago campus since its inception.

    We know that he will be there for us whenever we need his input and guidance. Here is what is inscribed on a plaque presented to Frank by the college President at the Pacific Symposium: 

    “The community of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine wishes to express its greatest appreciation for your 15 years of dedication to high academic standards and teaching excellence. Through your thoughtful consideration of incalculable academic issues, you have been a valued advisor to the President.

    Because of your experience, you have supported five Campus Directors. As Pacific College’s Chicago Academic Dean and as a teacher, you have been an inspiration to students and fellow faculty members.

    Those of us who have worked with you are most privileged to have done so and thank you for your commitment to our shared professional path. We wish for you the health and happiness that you have worked to bring to others.”

  • Calm an Irritated Vagus Nerve Using the Gall Bladder Divergent Channel

    Katy visited our center with a seemingly disparate collection of symptoms that were causing her distress. She described a pattern that was episodic in nature and involved abdominal bloating, belching, acid reflux, loose stools, shallow breathing, and palpitations.

    Bio-medically, I felt as if her pattern could be explained by looking closely at the vagus nerve.

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  • This 4,000-year-old technique may do wonders for heart health

    Strengthen the Heart with Qi Gong

    From high blood pressure to cardiac rehabilitation, the ancient Chinese practice of Qi Gong has been proven to strengthen and revitalize the heart. What is Qi Gong? For those unfamiliar with the traditional Chinese medicine technique, Qi Gong is essentially a system involving physical training, philosophy, and preventative and therapeutic health care.

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  • PCOM Faculty Member Tracie Livermore Wins AMTA Teacher of the Year Award

    On September 17th, PCOM’s own Tracie Livermore won the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year award! Tracie has been on faculty at PCOM San Diego since 2002, and worked as a faculty member at Mueller College of Holistic Studies from 2005-2011. Tracie received this honor because of her exceptional teaching abilities and commitment to high standards of education in massage therapy.

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  • TCM for Natural Menopause Relief

    Menopause and its accompanying discomforts include hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings. A natural but dreaded condition for American women, menopause does not seem to have nearly the same effect on women in China. It’s an interesting fact that 75% of American women experience noticeable menopausal discomfort, while only 10% of Asian women experience the same.

    It’s worth considering that some of the factors involved in this difference are dietary and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) related, which are both comprised of natural elements, unlike the most common Western treatment for menopause: hormone replacement therapy.

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  • Treating Fever Using Classical Thinking from the Shang Han Lun

    The classical Chinese medical system views health and disease through the “eight-principle and six-syndrome” differentiation methods. In ancient times, Chinese medical experts identified groups of symptoms as patterns, and associated them with specific formulas. Eventually, with repeated clinical success they recorded these patterns as “formula patterns”. Later, during the Eastern Han Dynasty between 40 to 200 AD, Zhang Zhongjing recorded all of this clinical experience handed down from generations in the Shang Han Za Bing Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Diseases), which was later edited and separated into the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage) and the Jin Gui Yao Lüe (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet).

    These classics illustrate the appropriate clinical application for a group of symptoms with a corresponding formula as well as suggest modifications according to the change of the disease. This medical legacy from Zhang Zhongjing is clearly a gem for Chinese medicine clinicians. The only two major issues we’ve had since then are maintaining these classics, keeping them intact while understanding them correctly and using them effectively in clinic. 

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  • Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

    While there are many Western medications to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies, these treatments can cause unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness and immune system suppression as well as an over-reliance on medications.

    These side effects have drawn many people to search for an alternative approach, such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine to manage their allergies.

    One study recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that acupuncture can significantly relieve allergic rhinitis symptoms.

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  • The Ten Practitioner Traits: Lao Tzu, Western Psychology, and the Spirit of the Healer

    The Ten Practitioner Traits: Lao Tzu, Western Psychology, and the Spirit of the Healer:

    Oriental healers were expected to know eight levels of healing and to become skilled in the Five Excellences. These included techniques of self-development and self defense as well as the tools of one’s trade. Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation were practiced to maintain one’s health and increase sensitivity. “Physician, heal thyself” was the healer’s conviction.

    Today there are few words to describe the depth of commitment these masters exhibited. The beauty and achievements they have left behind are a testament to the highest aspirations of humankind.

    Thus, within the tradition of Chinese Medicine the healer would strive to be:

    • well rounded – being proficient in eight levels of healing and mastering the Five Excellences
    • directed towards service – teaching by example
    • motivated – exhibiting depth of commitment
    • growth-oriented – focused on self-development

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  • The Gokhale Method® as a Supplement for Treatment of Qi Deficiency

    One of the four categories of examination in Chinese medicine is the “looking diagnosis”. Observing the patient’s skin tone, the Shen in the eyes, and checking the tongue are all elements of creating a clear, effective diagnosis. Observing posture can add a layer to the examination that is insightful, especially given the frequent occurrence of postural distortion in modern times.

    We can start looking at our patients as soon as we greet them in the waiting room. How do they sit, stand, and walk? What kind of posture do they have? Instinctively, many of us sense that a slouching or hunching patient has a qi deficiency. There is not sufficient qi to be truly upright. The opposite can be true as well: poor posture can cause qi deficiency. Both can be simultaneously true, giving rise to a vicious cycle—but it’s a vicious cycle that can be broken.

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  • Facial acupuncture; a botox alternative.



    Facial acupuncture; a botox alternative.