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  • Wild Willow Farm – Medicinal Herbs Project

    Learn more about the Medicinal Herbs Project happening down at Wild Willow Farm with Pacific College Faculty Member Miles Thomas. Check out some Chinese medicinal herbs that you too can grow! Let us know what you think and if you’d like to get involved. Volunteers are always welcome!

  • Treating Winter/Fall Allergies with TCM


    Winter and fall allergies can cause a great deal of discomfort in many people, young or old. Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose and red, itchy eyes. Western medicine typically prescribes antihistamines, decongestants, or drugs that act on the nervous system. While these may be effective in treating the allergic response, they often have undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, immune system suppression or over-reliance on medications.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer an alternative to these Western approaches, treating the whole person and recognizing that people with chronic allergies often show signs of spleen or kidney deficiency, even lung problems.

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  • Self Care Tips for Massage Therapists

    Massage therapists are naturally nurturing, intuitive individuals. They dedicate their careers to helping others release pain and get their bodies back into balance. However, if a massage therapist doesn’t take great care to avoid it, they may be on a path toward the opposite effect on their own health.

    Remember, you best serve your clients by putting yourself first. It’s hard to give a great treatment if you feel run down or have aches of your own. Hours of performing massage therapy can take a toll on the body.

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  • The Himalaya Project’s Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign Launches

    Deep in the Himalayas, situated between the Nepali and Tibetan border, is a region called Dolpo. Dolpo’s inhabitants live a 4 to 5 day grueling trek from the nearest airport at an altitude exceeding 13,000 feet. There are no roads in or out.  There is no electricity, plumbing, running water, or other modern amenities.

    Himalaya Project NFP is a Chicago-based, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 charity, dedicated to providing education and healthcare to this underserved Himalayan region of Dolpo, Nepal. 

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  • October 24th: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24 as part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are more common than you’d think.

    An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Among the common CAM practices identified by the survey were acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong.

    In an NCCAOM survey, approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported that they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment. In addition, one in five of the total NCCAOM survey respondents reported that they’d used some other form of Oriental medicine besides acupuncture, such as herbs or bodywork (e.g., shiatsu).

    These studies and others like them clearly demonstrate that CAM therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine are common practice in today’s health care system.

  • Pacific College Partners with TCMzone

    Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) is proud to announce our new partnership with TCMzone, LLC, a leading herbal medicine company. TCMzone, located in Tempe, AZ, will be producing PCOM-labeled, proprietary herbal formulas. Jack Miller, president of Pacific College, and Dr. Dan Wen, president of TCMzone, gave a joint talk on October 16 to introduce the alliance. TCMzone was selected from multiple competing suppliers based on their high-quality products, their commitment to service, and mutual educational initiatives.

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  • Introducing the Janet Tsai Memorial Scholarship Recipients

    Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-NY is delighted to announce the four recipients of the Janet Tsai Memorial Scholarship.

    Recipients were nominated by Pacific College faculty and staff and were chosen based on their interest in and commitment to women’s health and women with disabilities.

    Janet was an alumna and faculty member at Pacific College who supervised at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Initiative for Women with Disabilities off-site internship. Janet was a very special member of our Pacific College community who will be remembered as a beautiful and vibrant spirit who brought light and warmth to the college and to the profession. She was a gift to us all.

     See the recipients here…

  • What to Eat This Fall According to Chinese Medicine

    What to Eat This Fall According to Chinese Medicine:

  • Balancing Yin & Yang with Aromatherapy

    We are part of Nature and channeled into the cycles of Nature. Hence the Five Element theory, which provides us with a set of correspondences by which we can link our physical and psychological characteristics with the seasons, the elements, times of day, specific foods, animals and so on. In ancient rural China this was a far simpler process than in our modern Western highly urbanized society and yet the rules remain unchanged. The health and sense of wellbeing of the individual is in direct relationship with his or her social and environmental matrix. This includes such factors as the quality of our food and water, the air we breathe, weather conditions, relaxation, sleep, work, exercise and relationships of all kinds.

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  • Which elemental personality are you?

    Which elemental personality are you?