[[{"fid":"159","view_mode":"wysiwyg","fields":{"format":"wysiwyg","alignment":"right","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"acupuncture","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"acupuncture"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"wysiwyg","alignment":"right","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"acupuncture","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"acupuncture"}},"attributes":{"alt":"acupuncture","title":"acupuncture","height":"234","width":"350","class":"media-element file-wysiwyg media-wysiwyg-align-right","data-delta":"1"}}]]Acupuncture is certainly one of the most well-known branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is used to optimize health by manipulating the flow of Qi (or essential energy) through various organ systems. It has been clinically shown to alter pain receptors’ action through endogenous endorphin release, affect various body systems such as the neuro-endocrine- immune-network (amongst many more), which lend to the scientifically confirmed documentation of acupuncture’s mechanisms of action (Ding, Hong, Wang, C, Guo, Wang, Z.K., Xu, 2013; Han, 2004; Kaptchuk, 2000; MacPherson, Hammerschlog, Lewith, & Schnyer, 2007). The body of scientific research is ever expanding; these are

but a few of the leading examples.

An acupuncture course focuses on the fundamentals of TCM – based upon its divergence from Western Medical diagnoses. What we focus on here are pulse diagnosis (28 different ways to detect malignancy in the entire body and its intersecting systems), “pernicious influences” which can be roughly translated to signify the environmental impact upon the human being and the obstacles that these present toward health and balance, and “patterns of disharmony” which explain to the practitioner how disease manifests in the human body (Kaptchuk, 2000).

Because Acupuncture is so beautifully complimented with herbal formulas and Chiropractics, these themes will be integrated into the course, to the extent of the potential and interests of each individual student.

James Easter

James Easter

James Easter is an advanced practitioner as well as a teacher of a variety of disciplines based on ancient chinese and ayurvedic medicine. For more than 30 years James has practice and taught in various parts of the world, in both English and Spanish and has written articles about intestinal flora, teishin, anger management, and I Ching. His constant intent has been to use the best of the natural healing arts, east and west; and to improve through continual study of new products and new techniques.

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