Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Studies with Dr. Duckworth: St. Louis, MO, and Santa Fe, NM

The Institute of American Acupuncture & Life Medicine is pleased to offer this opportunity to study Jingei Pulse Diagnosis with a Master of Kototama Life Medicine:

Thomas E. Duckworth
Doctor of Kototama Life Medicine

Jingei Pulse Diagnosis in Five Element Therapy
Do you feel overwhelmed by pulse diagnosis, yet desire to be able to study and apply it in your practice? Often, patients present with a variety of symptoms and complaints that do not readily indicate the root treatment to employ. Jingei diagnosis is an ancient method of determining the most effective meridians to treat so that your treatments achieve high-quality results quickly.

Dr. Duckworth began his Pulse Diagnostic studies with Dr. Masahilo M. Nakazono O-sensei in 1977 and continued for the next ten years as his apprentice. With solemn ritual and a clock of secrecy, Nakazono O-sensei taught Jingei Diagnosis as part of his basic diagnostic procedures; Dr. Duckworth has read more than 60,000 Jingei Pulses over the past 32 years of practice.

His studies and clarification of Pulse Diagnosis led to his Doctorate Degree in Kototama Life Medicine. He is the only graduate of the Kototama Institute to achieve this rank and distinction. Following the tradition of Sensei/Student tutorship, Dr. Duckworth has been teaching Kototama Life Medicine since the 1980’s and his students now practice in New Mexico, California, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Mexico.

In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret the Jingei pulse and its association to the Zo/Fu meridians, san yin/san yo relationships and five element therapy in your clinical practice.

St. Louis, MO
May 14 & 15, 2011
Location: TBA
Registration: $255.
Early Bird rate: $235, if paid in full by April 23, 2011
Student discount: $25.00 off registration fee
Registration at the door: $280

Santa Fe, NM
June 25 -26, 2011
Location: TBA
Registration: $255.
Early Bird rate: $235, if paid in full by June 4, 2011
Student discount: $25.00 off registration fee
Registration at the door: $280

Jingei Pulse Diagnosis in Five Element Therapy
15 PDA Points – NCCAOM Provider # ACHB 100-009

Day One, Saturday

8:00 - 8:30AM Registration
8:30 – 9:20AM Overview of workshop and instructor
9:20 – 9:45AM Hand Ki exercises
10:00 – 11:00AM History of Jingei Pulse Diagnosis and Dr. Nakazono O-sensei’s relationship to this form of diagnosis.
11:00 – 12:30PM The 16 pulse distinctions in Jingei diagnosis, including ‘Death Pulses.’ Demonstration and Q & A.
12:30 – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30PM Hands-on practice of Jingei Pulse Diagnosis
2:45 – 3:00 PM Discussion
3:00 – 4:00PM Hands-on practice of Jingei Pulse Diagonis
4:00 – 5:00PM Principles of treatment according to Five Element theory
5:00 – 5:30PM Question & Answer Session

Day Two, Sunday

8:30 – 9:00AM Hand Ki exercise and breathing
9:00 – 8:30AM Review principles of Jingei diagnosis
9:30 – 11:00AM Treating according to Jingei Diagnosis – Zo/Fu
11:15 – 12:00PM Treating according to Jingei diagnosis – San in/San yo
12:00 – 12:30PM Discussion of diagnosis and treatment
12:30 – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:15PM Demonstration of direct, indirect moxibustion and other non-needle techniques for treatment
2:15 – 3:00PM Treatment Practice
3:15 – 5:00PM Practice and discussion of Jingei, direct & indirect moxibustion and non-needle techniques

For registration information and paperwork, please call: (314) 991-6035.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Tune-Up and Allergies

By Jason R. Hackler, L.Ac.

Spring is upon us. Life Energy is expanding. Growth is happening. Our sleeping patterns, our dietary habits and even our mental/emotional worlds shift. As the season changes, so do we. We may not always be aware of it, but our energy (Ki) adjusts to the new season and to everything in and around us. True preventative health care addresses these energetic shifts, facilitating these transitions into the beginning of the next season.
As many of you are well aware, this time of year in St. Louis, though filled with the wondrous beauty of the Midwest, may also be a time of full blown allergies, fatigue, sinus pressure and drainage, headaches, and more. Some of you have already come in for a treatment or two before allergy symptoms have worsened; this is definitely something Dr. Duckworth and I suggest to our patients. There are also a couple other suggestions, besides receiving a treatment, that may be helpful if you have mild to moderate allergy symptoms.

Vitamin C with bioflavonoids: 1000 mg two or three times daily. More is often more effective if it is hayfever type symptoms. If you have a sensitive stomach, try taking Ester C, a non-acidic form of vitamin C.

Sinusin Spray by BHI/Heel: This is a product of homotoxicology which has no adverse side effects. This nasal spray also has anti-viral properties and can be used for colds and sinus infections. You can purchase it at Neel’s Pharmacy (located at Sappington and Watson) or at Whole Foods Market.

Spray twice in each nostril three times daily when symptoms are present.

Allergy by BHI/Heel: These are tablets that dissolve in your mouth and may be taken every couple hours if symptoms are strong. I find these especially effective with children; they also have no known adverse side effects. Neel’s Pharmacy carries this product or a product similar to it.

Sinus rinse/nettie pot: This can be quite helpful if you have congestion or if you are working outside during pollen season. Personally I like using fine sea salt rather than the sodium packet that often comes with a rinse kit. Rinse daily if symptoms are strong.

Reduce sugar and any substance that you think you are sensitive or allergic to. This sounds rather obvious, however, as we all know, we often continue consuming something that we know is a challenge for us to digest; this will especially burden the immune system if you overdo it while experiencing allergy symptoms.

As Ben Franklin and now, Dr. D, say: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

So, really, don’t wait until you need five to ten treatments to facilitate your cure; receive one or two treatments and enjoy your Spring!

Happy Spring Everyone!!!
With gratitude always,
Jason R. Hackler, L.Ac.
Thomas E. Duckworth, DKM, L.Ac.
Sharon Reed
Mallory Shocklee

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Book by Mary Beth Shaw

In the past, we've highlighted NLTC patient Mary Beth Shaw, with one of our patient interview features. We note here some news about her artistic pursuits, compliments of her publisher:

I would like to share with you some news about one of our publications, ‘Flavor for Mixed Media,’ by local artist Mary Beth Shaw, I think your readers would be interested in.

‘Flavor of Mixed Media,’ approaches art very much like a chef approaches food. The book is a guide and inspiration to handcrafting the most delectable works of art. Inside the book you will find illustrated projects with step-by-step instructions for painting techniques, how to create three dimensional paintings, texture ideas and other home-style favorites such as collage making.

Find also a link to the book on our website here.