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.
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