8 CEUs approved / PDAs pending (California category 1, CEU provider #1005; PDA provider #114
Saturday, November 16th, 2019
9 AM - 6 PM
Please join us in the bucolic San Geronimo Valley, across the road from a nature preserve, for a full day of exploration of obstetrics and classical Chinese medicine in the Fire Spirit tradition. This class will focus on maternal-fetal medicine case studies from Genevieve Le Goff's practice.
This class is the sequel to the previously offered “Pregnancy, Birth and Post-Partum withClassical Chinese Medicine” class. We will review the physiology and pathology of pregnancy in the introductory part, drawing from the Classics. We propose to explore over 30 case studies illustrating the treatment of pregnant, parturient and postpartum women with formulae from the Shang Han Lun, Jin Gui Yao Lue, and Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang. This style of herbal treatment is an application of the Fire Spirit lineage of Tian (Bawei) Heming and Zheng Qinan, to which Genevieve belongs, as well as an application of the Classic Of Childbirth from Mawangdui. We will amply discuss theory, treatment principles and herbal safety for each case study.
The aim of this class goes beyond striving for clinical excellence in the care of pregnant women. The creation of life over a temporal span at a certain speed, while the life of the mother interacts with the baby's at its own speed, is an archetypal template we can use and correlate to other aspects of time-based medicine as it is written about in the Nei Jing and the Shang Han Za Bing Lun. Through the study of this relationship, we contemplate the macro and microcosms: where and how the mother’s life cycle intersects with the baby’s development, the importance of female blood and how to nurture mother and baby by nourishing this life giving liquid, and more widely, how human life at large intersects with heavenly cycles.
The best fetal-maternal care comes out of the deep understanding of this relationship, as well as a solid grasp of herbal methods and appropriate and safe formulation. Only then can one hope to treat complex diseases and preserve life. The aim of this class is to give real life illustrations of how to apply classical formulae to the realm of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. It is an opportunity to deepen safety and efficacy in the treatment of pregnant women, and safety and efficacy in herbal treatment in general. It is also a chance to cultivate a deeper understanding of Life and the circulation of Fire and Water in the body as the foundation of classical physiology.
We will end the day with time for a review of students' cases and for patient visits in class (bring a patient if you wish!).
The students will:
- be familiarized with the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of common ailments ofpregnancy and post-partum; and introduced to some not-so-common, more serious diseases which can be greatly helped by Chinese medicine;
- gain an understanding of the normal physiology of pregnancy, birth and post-partum from aclassical, 6 Conformation and 5 Movement perspective;
- gain insight into classical formulation and the safe application of classical formulae in order to achieve the well-being of mother and baby;
- be introduced to the cosmological dimension of Chinese medicine and herbalism at large, and more specifically in this context, of the physiological development of the fetus
Social Hall at the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church,
6001 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.,
San Geronimo, CA 94963
The grounds provide ample meadow space; there is a nature preserve across the street and a redwood preserve 0.2 mile away ~ a nice place to have lunch, do Qigong and relax! There are several wonderful local food establishments nearby.
For those coming from afar, the charming Two Bird Valley Inn across the street is comfortable and offers delicious local foods.
In the course of a weekend, Kumiko Shirai and Genevieve Le Goff join to explore the founding principles of Classical Chinese medicine and their applications in the field of ob/gyn.
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The first day, taught by Genevieve Le Goff, will focus on pregnancy, birth and post-partum as it is seen in the classics of the Han dynasty and prior - mainly the Shang Han Za Bing Lun (treatise on Cold Damage and Complex Diseases), Tai Chan Shu (Classic of Childbirth from Mawangdui), and Mai Jing (Pulse Classic). The morning will consist of an overview of the 10 lunar months of pregnancy, 6 conformation theory, classical herbal alchemy (formulation principles), and herbal safety in pregnancy.
The afternoon will be devoted to the thematic presentation of common ailments of pregnancy, birth and post-partum, organized by conformation. What could, for example, Shaoyang look like in the first trimester? the third? during birth? during lactation?
In this way, students will acquire a very solid understanding of the 6 conformation system while at the same time learning very relevant clinical tools to care for child bearing women. The class will be punctuated by case studies. Safety and diagnostic precision will be emphasized. This presentation is suitable for those who have already taken Genevieve’s other classes, as well as for those new to the topic.
The second day, taught by Kumiko Shirai, will focus on deepening 6 conformation diagnostic skills through the art of Fukushin, or Japanese abdominal diagnosis. The day will consist of a fundamental presentation of abdominal patterns by conformation, with plenty of hands on practice; the last few hours will tie this knowledge together with its applications for gynecological conditions.
About Fukushin: Japanese abdominal diagnosis or Fukushin is the diagnostic art developed in medieval Japan based on the classical writings by Zhang Zhongjing. Careful inspection of the Shanghan Zabing Lun reveals countless references to abdominal conditions that could only have been diagnosed by actual palpation of the abdomen. The skill however never fully developed in China but flourished in Japan. Throughout history, two major schools and types of abdominal diagnosis developed, being the Nanjing and Shanghan Lun schools, which respectively diagnose the abdomen in service of either acupuncture or meridian treatment, and herbal treatment.
Fukushin refers to style of abdominal diagnosis developed by Japanese scholars during Edo period (1603-1867 CE) for the purpose of prescribing herbal formulas, while Hara Diagnosis refers to style developed by Nanjing school for the purpose of acupuncture treatment. Japanese herbal medicine or Kampo translates as ‘the Han Method’. Of the two main schools in Kampo, the Kohoha or School of the Ancient Method, teaches the medical practice exclusively based on the Han Dynasty formulas of the Shanghan Lun and the Jingui Yaolue. The Kohoha instructs on abdominal patterns and findings for virtually every Zhang Zhongjing formula.
Kumiko Shirai’s Fukushin course is taught to match the abdominal patterns with formula
methods and formula families. The Fukushin course introduces diagnostic methods, which improves practitioners’ clinical skills.
Genevieve Le Goff Bio:
Genevieve Le Goff, L.Ac., is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist specializing in obstetrics. She practices an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has its roots in the Classical Era of Chinese history (Han dynasty and prior).
Classical Chinese medicine views the human body as a microcosm of the universe. Therefore the health of the planet is inseparable from ours. In keeping with the highest precepts of the classical Chinese medical canons, a good doctor seeks to understand physiology in an ecological fashion, and to honor the roots of these insights by the observation and protection of natural rhythms.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Studies & Ecology, and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences with a MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Genevieve received special training in midwifery and gynecology, as well as extensive post-graduate training in Classical Herbal Formulation from the Institute of Classical East-Asian Medicine. This formulation system is in the lineage of Tian He Ming, who practiced in the tradition of Zhang Zhong Jing's Shang Han Za Bing Lun. She is constantly engaged in research and study to further her ability to help her patients, and is now pursuing a second post-graduate degree at the Hunyuan Institute.
Genevieve Le Goff is the mother of two wonderful girls, both born at home. She is a Reiki practitioner at the master level. She has been an herbal apothecary since 1998. She also directs a State accredited Continuing Education Program for licensed acupuncturists, bringing prominent scholars, sinologists and clinicians to the Bay Area to teach seminars. She also has run the Between Heaven & Earth Community Supported Acupuncture (CSA) program, a cooperative of Marin organic Farms, since 2002.
Kumiko Shirai Bio:
Kumiko grew up in Kobe, Japan. At the age of fourteen years, she moved to Eugene, Oregon with her parents to study English. Influenced by her mother, Taiji master Machiko Shirai, she learned to appreciate Asian medical and martial arts from an early age. Kumiko has been practicing Aikido for almost twenty years. After graduating from high school, Kumiko attended Oregon State University (OSU) where she majored in Chinese Studies and graduated with a Bachelor in Science. She then continued her studies in Chinese philosophy and science by enrolling in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, where she ultimately graduated with her Masters in Science of Oriental Medicine.
Having experienced both Eastern and Western cultures, Kumiko understands how the ancient medicine of East Asia benefits the people of the West. She is able to bridge cultures and approach each individual by teaching them about Eastern wisdom for the benefit of their physical and mental health.
Beside acupuncture, Kumiko is specialized in classical herbal medicine in which she received rigorous training by Dr. Arnaud Versluys in the Han-dynasty style of Chinese herbal prescriptions. She also continued her specialization by training with Dr. Nigel Dawes in Japanese abdominal diagnosis, also known as Fukushin. Kumiko also received focused instruction in gynecology and obstetrics by Dr. Xiaoli Chen.
Kumiko is currently in private medical practice in Portland, Oregon. She teaches Abdominal Diagnosis seminars both in the US and in Europe. Kumiko enjoys training Aikido, Taiji, gardening, and traveling especially to her home, Japan.
WHEN: April 28-29, 2018, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, 1600 Broadway, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612
Practitioner early bird (12 CEUs) - $250 until 04/02/18
Practitioner regular (12 CEUs) - $300 after 04/02/18
Student early bird (no CEUs) - $200 until 04/02/18
Student regular (no CEUs) - $250 after 04/02/18
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL MELLOWMOONHERBS@YAHOO.COM OR CALL (415)250-8508.
THANK YOU! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!
March 20th, 2016
Japanese Abdominal Diagnosis and Shang Han Lun Formulas
with Kumiko Shirai, MS, L.Ac.
July 21rst -22nd, 2012
Course description: 14 CEU's
We are happy to host Fukushin specialist Kumiko Shirai!
Japanese abdominal diagnosis or Fukushin is the diagnostic art developed in medieval Japan based on the canonical writings by Zhang Zhongjing. Careful inspection of the Shang Han Za Bing Lun reveals countless references to abdominal conditions that could only have been diagnosed by actual palpation of the abdomen. The skill never fully developed in China but flourished in Japan.
Fukushin refers specifically to the Shanghan Lun style of abdominal diagnosis developed by Japanese scholars during Edo period (1603-1867 CE) for the purpose of prescribing the Han dynasty formulas of Zhang Zhongjing.
Kumiko Shirai’s Fukushin course is taught to match the abdominal patterns with formula methods and formula families of the Shang han Lun (It will have a sequel for Jin Gui Yao Lue within the next 6 months, date TBA). This seminar is very practical and clinically oriented, and is designed to give you diagnostic and treatment tools you can apply immediately. Kumiko will lecture about the specific herbal methods and formula families for each of the 6 conformations as well as teach hands-on diagnostic methods.
Space is limited so as to allow for quality of instruction and hands-on practice. For more information please call (415)250-8508 or email email@example.com.
$225 early bird (before July 1rst)
Please review our cancellation policy.
Location: Between Heaven & Earth Acupuncture and Herbs, 8 Bolinas Road, CA. 94930.
Date: July 21rst - 22nd, 2012
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
About Kumiko Shirai, L.Ac.:
Kumiko Shirai grew up in Kobe, Japan, but has been living in the USA for more than ten years. Influenced by her mother, a Taiji master, she learned to appreciate Asian medical and martial arts from an early age and has been practicing Aikido for almost twenty years. Kumiko majored in Chinese Studies (BSc) and attended the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, USA where she ultimately graduated with a Masters (MSc) of Oriental Medicine. Kumiko trained in discipleship with Dr. Arnaud Versluys for three years and specializes in Han-dynasty herbal medicine and Japanese abdominal diagnosis fukushin. She has taught in Dr. Versluys’ Canonical Chinese Medicine Training™ curriculum and teaches both in the US and in Europe.
Caring for Pregnant, Birthing and New Mothers with Classical Chinese Medicine with Genevieve Le Goff, L.Ac. and Joan Green, LM
5 class series May 1st to June 10th, 2016
Case Studies: Pregnancy, Birth and Post-Partum with Classical Chinese Medicinewith Genevieve Le Goff, L.Ac.
Free and Footloose Roaming: Understanding Chinese Medicine through Zhuangzi with Sabine Wilms, Ph.D.
Climate of Change: An Introduction to Astro-Climatology and the Nature of ChangeMichael Givens, L.Ac.