Nurturing the Fetus: Supporting Pregnancy with Classical Chinese Medicine by Sabine Wilms, Ph.D. with Genevieve Le Goff, L.Ac.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this weekend seminar, Sabine will guide you through the wealth of information on yang tai 養胎 (“nurturing the fetus”) that is found in classical Chinese medical literature.
The introductory part of this course will explore the philosophical and cosmological significance of Chinese literature on embryology. Sabine will then take you on a detailed physio-chronological journey through the ten lunar months of gestation and post-partum, as they were explained in classical Chinese medicine. We will explore the changes in meridian flow in the mother/baby complex from the Ishimpo and Mawangdui Classic of Childbirth, the detailed and highly specific insights and advice given to the pregnant woman and her care-givers for each month of pregnancy as her body adapts to different stages in the development of the fetus, and medicinal prescriptions for each month from SunSimiao’s Qianjinfang (analysed through the lens of the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing with the help of Genevieve’s clinical insights and herbal expertise).
This information offers new perspectives and therapeutic tools that will have a powerful effect on your patients and their positive experience of pregnancy and childbirth. We will also spend some time exploring the importance of postpartum care.
While Sabine will present a lot of historical and clinical information from classical Chinese medical sources that are not available elsewhere in Western languages, we will also make space for extensive discussion, to consider critically how this material might best be applied in the modern context, within all the constraints and possibilities of modern clinical practice. In addition to the directly applicable clinical advice and therapeutic tools, you will come away with a new perspective on the healthy female body and the very real potential of Chinese medicine to empower pregnant women in their search for a positive experience in their reproductive journey through pregnancy and childbirth.
February 4th - 5th, 2012
Early Bird Rate (before Dec 15th) $300
Regular Rate (after Dec 15th) $350
Location: 8 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, California 94930
Class Times: 9am - 5pm
Contact for Questions or to Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415)250-8508
Biography: Sabine Wilms, PhD.
After high school and some undergraduate training in Germany, Sabine Wilms spent two years in Taiwan, studying modern and classical Chinese language and culture. She then moved to the US for her graduate studies and has lived there most of the time since. Sabine has been studying classical Chinese writings on medicine ever since her PhD program in Asian Studies and medical Anthropology. While her academic background has given her a solid foundation in early Chinese philosophy, science, and cosmology and therefore in a historically and culturally sensitive approach to classical Chinese medicine, she also enjoys an ethnomedical approach to Chinese medicine as a living, clinically effective, and ever-changing response to any given cultural environment. She focuses her research and teaching on gynecology, reproduction, and “nurturing life,” as understood in the broadest sense by the great medieval “King of Medicinals” Sun Simiao. Sabine is happiest when engaging in a dialogue with practitioners on how to make this ancient wisdom come alive in our modern times. Following in Sun Simiao’s footsteps, she currently divides her time between writing and lecturing on Chinese medicine and raising goats, poultry, bees, and apples on her small biodynamic farm in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
Her publications include:
Pathomechanisms of the Five Viscera (translator, separate books on the Heart, Liver, Lung, Spleen, and Kidney, 2005-2007, Paradigm Publications);
Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang, Essential Prescriptions worth a Thousand in Gold for Every Emergency: Volumes 2-4 on Gynecology (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2007);
Chinese Medicine in Infertility (co-edited with Andreas Noll; Thieme Publications, 2009);
The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Zhen Jiu Da Cheng, Volume 1 (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2010);
Formulas from the Golden Cabinet with Songs (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2010)
Jin Gui Yao Lue: Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer (co-authored with Nigel Wiseman, forthcoming by Paradigm Publications).
Concise Introduction to Chinese Medicine (co-authored with Nigel Wiseman, forthcoming by Paradigm Publications).
Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang, Essential Prescriptions worth A Thousand in Gold for Every Emergency: Volume 5 on Pediatrics (The Chinese Medicine Database, forthcoming in 2011).
Biography: Genevieve Le Goff, L.Ac.
Genevieve Le Goff, L.Ac. has been involved in home births for nearly 10 years and delivered her own 2 daughters at home. She has graduated from the Academy of Chinese Culture and health Sciences as well as the Institute of classics in east-Asian medicine, and studied deeply under the guidance of world-renowned Chinese medicine scholar Arnaud Versluys, L.Ac., Ph.D., MD, in the lineage of Tian He Ming. Genevieve practices an exclusively "Classical" form of Chinese Medicine which focuses on humanity's relationship with Nature as laid out in the Classic of Internal Medicine written 2500 years ago, as well as the Shang Han Za Bing Lun - the Treatise on Cold Damage and Complex Diseases from nearly 1900 years ago. She has been applying this ancient vision of Health and Wellness during birthing working in conjunction with local midwives.
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