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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.