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Acupuncture and Neurology • Michael Corradino • Qi146

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We have many different ways to view the body with Chinese medicine and each of these lenses gives us a different perspective on both physiology and functionality. It’s not unlike those old acetate transparencies that would allow you to overlay different systems of the body one on top of another. Each one has it’s own domain, and each interlocks with the other systems.

Michael Corradino for many years now has been focused on the connection between acupuncture and neurology. And he’s developed a system of treatment that focuses on neurophysiology and how acupuncture stimulates the nervous system.

Listen in to this discussion of needles, de qi, nerve stimulation and how acupuncture does not interface with qi, but with our neural network.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • How does acupuncture work?
  • Asking the question “What if?”
  • Investigating the channels
  • Acupuncture as new science
  • A case study of using LV3 and GB for Parkinson’s from the perspective of neurology
  • Three truths about acupuncture
  • Electro-acupuncture, micro and milli-currents and waveforms
  • What was going on in Hua Tou’s world
  • Research and treating macular degeneration

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When treating Restless leg syndrome- Do not treat the legs for it is a brain/ sleep condition that is a result of the basal ganglia dopamine system dysfunction- so treat the brain:)


Dr. Corradino is the creator and founder of Neuropuncture Inc. Neuropuncture is the only complete neuroscience acupuncture system created by an acupuncturist for the 21st-century acupuncturist. Michael graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Cum Laude, in 1995 with a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine after studying molecular biology at Seton Hall University. Dr. Corradino has been in the field of Integrated Medicine since his graduation (25+yrs). Michael’s mission in life is to reach and expose quality Traditional Chinese Medicine to as many people as possible in his lifetime to present an effective, quality option for health care and aiding in the integration of Eastern, Western, and, Natural medicine.

Michael has been involved in ground-breaking electrical acupuncture research including spinal cord injury, stem cell proliferation, low vision, and opioid titration. His Neuropuncture acupuncture system has certification programs, instructor programs and soon an accredited OMD program, and Michael has traveled around the world teaching Neuropuncture workshops.

 

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Recommended Reading:
DAO of Chinese Medicine, by Donald Edward Kendell
Neuropuncture, A Clinical Handbook or Neuroscience Acupuncture

Visit Michael's Website

 

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A Neurological View of Acupuncture Points • Poney Chiang • Qi121

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Just how do you locate an acupuncture point? Are you looking for bony protrusions, a palpable change on the skin, or a rule based measurement from a book? Locating acupuncture points is something every practitioner needs to do, and do well. And there are plenty of different criteria that can be used.

This question about point location caught the attention of our guest in this episode. He started to seriously look into this issue, serious as in with a scalpel and cadaver.

And what he’s found has been illuminating. Listen into this conversation on how Poney Chiang's curiosity has allowed him to use modern science to find connections between the classics, acupuncture points and neurophysiology.

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  • The surprising way Poney got in to TCM and Neurology
  • How Poney aligned points with nerves
  • How neurology changed his practice
  • Nerve entrapment – carpal tunnel
  • Depolarization of nerves
  • Why we should consider the homunculus
  • Knowing anatomy and balancing the nervous system
  • Thoughts on the acupuncture meridians

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When using LI-4, needle more proximally.  Think the valley where the metacarpal bones meet, rather than at the top of the hill, after all the Chinese name is Union Valley, not Union Hill.  The neuroanatomy here is the bifurcation of the superficial branch of the radial nerve towards the thumb and index finger.  The DeQi sensation you should strive for here should be numbness/tingling/electrical sensation spreading towards the index finger and/or the thumb.


Poney Chiang, PhD, MSTOM, R.Ac 

My research with cadavers and MRI, together with translations of Chinese medical classics informs my view of acupuncture points from a neuroanatomical perspective. This understanding guides how I palpate point and the type of DeQi sensation I expect to obtain depending on the neuroanatomy associated with any point.   I love this medicine because neuroanatomy from Western Science and energetic anatomy from Chinese medicine, are in fact two sides of the same coin.  I am grateful that this research and treatment method resonated with many of my colleagues and it has given me an opportunity to author a textbook and to travel the world as a continuing education teacher.  Aside from the sense of fulfilment when I am able to help people with health problems, what motivates me as a practitioner is that my research and teaching is helping to elevate our profession within the healthcare landscape.  I am honoured to play a role in the advancement of Chinese medicine.

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Poney has a couple of upcoming classes: Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture Intensive (Upper Extremity & Neck) Dao Collective, Rye, NY March 13-16, 2020

Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture Intensive (Axial Region + Cadaver Lab) Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences, Oakland, CA March 26-29 2020

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Posture, Structure, Function and Knife Needles • Brian Bowen • Qi105

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Musculoskeletal issues are the bread and butter of many acupuncture practices. Many people only think of acupuncture when they think about the treatment of pain, and not without good reason. Acupuncture is helpful in the treatment of pain. And as acupuncturists we know we could probably do a lot better too.

In this conversation we explore the use of the Dao Zhen, the knife needle. But more importantly, we take a look at how the body is put together. And how to “see” the story of a person’s physiology.

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  • How Brian found his way into acupuncture
  • Passive and active therapies
  • Postural alignment
  • Where to learn about this stuff
  • Attending to the posterior chain
  • The importance of differentiating compensation from dysfunction
  • Knife needles
  • Case study: 82 year old with chronic pain

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Brian Bowen, L.Ac
Brian is a nationally certified acupuncturist, licensed in the state of Colorado for acupuncture and medical massage. He is also certified by the Egoscue Method as a Postural Alignment Specialist. Founder of Integrative Health Inc. Wellness Center, Brian created Dāo Needle Therapy, his own unique acupuncture method that employs a specialized needle and combines traditional Oriental medicine with neuro-fascial techniques.

After graduating from the Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina and the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Brian continued his studies in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as in one of the oldest forms of Chinese medicine called five-element acupuncture. After many clinical years in practice, Brian studied with author and well-known acupuncturist Lonny Jarrett over a two-year period in Massachusetts.

During his 19 years in practice, Brian has specialized in musculoskeletal issues, collaborating with osteopaths, chiropractors, and postural alignment specialists. He has studied neuro-muscular therapy, structural integration, myofascial release, and postural alignment, and his high-volume practice affords him the ability to work hands-on with patients to combine different modalities in order to best relieve pain.

Most recently, Brian has been doing research and designing protocols for Dāo Needle Therapy. Brian has dedicated his life to the study of the intricate human being and the use and development of natural base therapies that support healing.

 

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Using the Extraordinary Vessels in the Treatment of Emotional Issues • Qi007

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Oriental medicine draws distinctions between various aspects of mind, body and spirit, but unlike Western culture, it never severed the connections between these aspects of being.

We know both from our experience in clinic and writings of Chinese medicine through the ages that emotional and mental processes can effect physiology and the body can deeply influence the mind. Where Western medicine sees hierarchy and disconnection, we see an entangled system of mutual influence between mind and body.

In this episode we explore working with the aspect of emotions through the influence of the eight extraordinary vessels.

Listen in for an introduction to how you can tap the influence of the eight extras to help your patients navigate psycho-emotive issues.

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Show Highlights
4:00       Chinese medicine is helpful because it does not separate the mental and emotional processes from the body.
6:14       The extraordinary vessels are helpful as they give access to the jing, which is necessary in the treatment of long term patterns that effect a sense of oneself.
7:20      When you are dealing with emotions, you’re dealing with blood.
10:02    Intergenerational trauma is stored in jing.
14:20   The yin wei distributes primal yin, regulates the 7 and 8 years cycles and provides resources in time of crisis, change and challenge. There is also an aspect of discontent with people who have yin wei imbalances.
19:30   It’s helpful to bring the rubric of constraint or weakness when treating, and selecting channels that either bring resources to deficiency or movement to stagnation.
21:50   The coupled points are rarely used. It’s more helpful to use a single vessel, and needle the master point and another point on the trajectory of the vessel.
27:12   A brief look at the personality of the extraordinary vessels.
32:24   Intention vs agenda in the treatment of emotion issues
33:30  You don’t have to “do therapy” with a patient to help them with psycho-emotive issues.


The guest of this show 

Dr. Farrell has been teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory to students for 20 years. She directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.

To that end, she teaches dynamic and informative live CEU courses and webinars through ProD Seminars. She has also been on the leadership teams of many spiritual retreats and self-empowerment workshops.
Yvonne has been involved in empowering others to restore balance in their lives since 1986. In 1996, she graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine. She has been in private practice since 1997. She received her doctoral degree (DAOM) in 2007. Her first book, Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels was published by Singing Dragon in 2016. Book Two is in the works.

Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders or stress induced illness. She enjoys teaching her patients about the importance of a healthy body-mind connection and a lifestyle that reduces the impact of stress.

 


Links and Resources

Learn more about Yvonne and her work on her clinic website.
Read her book Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.
Peter Shea was referenced in the podcast, he is the author of Alchemy of the Extraordinary.
Yvonne's course on ProD Seminars offers a deeper dive into the material discussed in this episode.

 

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Treating Back Pain During Pregnancy with Acupuncture • Qi005

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It is common knowledge that acupuncture is quite effective in the treatment of pain. However, for many of us acupuncturists we feel a bit uneasy about treating back pain in pregnant women, as we don’t want to move too much qi and blood in a pregnant woman.

In this episode our guest Debra Betts shares her long and deep experience in working with women in pregnancy, and in particular how to effectively and safely treat back pain that is due to the physical and hormonal changes that occur in the later stages of pregnancy.

As she reminds us, “Conventional medicine has nothing to help these women, while acupuncture can make a significant difference in these women’s lives, their ability to sleep comfortably and get about the business of daily life without pain.”

Listen in as we discuss common acupuncture points you’re sure to know about, that can bring profound relief to women that suffer this common discomfort during pregnancy.

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Show Highlights
4:31    Reasons for back pain in pregnancy.
5:11    Research shows acupuncture to be helpful in treating back pain in pregnant women.
7:00    Light cupping along the spine and on ahshi points is effective and women love it.
10:10  Don’t go for textbook location with the points, palpate to find them.
13:53  Feel for the tender sticky spots this is a key aspect of locating the effective points.
16:09  When finding pain along the spine, needle the Huatuo point above the area of pain.
20:50  What about using points on the arms and legs?
21:26  A tip about treating pelvic pain.
26:38  What is the optimal time between treatments?
27:17  It’s important that this kind of treatment is done by acupuncturists who understand the risks of using certain points, rather than other practitioners who have limited training.


The guest of this show 

Debra graduated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in pregnancy including her 2006 text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” which has subsequently been translated into German and French. Dr Betts completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014.

She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney and the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through the New Zealand School Acupuncture.

She also supervisors a hospital maternity acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in maternity care. She currently resides with her husband in Wellington, New Zealand.

 


Links and Resources

Visit Debra’s website for more information about her work and to download a free copy of her illustrated acupressure booklet for childbirth.

Here is the research we talked about in the show that shows the effectiveness of using acupuncture to treat back pain in pregnant women.

You can learn a lot from Debra about the use of acupuncture for pregnancy and childbirth by taking her online continuing education class at ProD Seminars.

 

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Accessing and Treating the Divergent Channels • Qi002

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Every acupuncturist is intimately familiar with the points and functions of the 12 commonly used acupuncture channels, as well as the functions and use of the 8 extraordinary meridians. In our studies we might have heard about the divergent channels, but for the most part we don't use these in everyday practice. For many of us, they are a bit of mystery and remain so as we generally can go about our business of helping patients with the 12 regular channels and 8 extras. In this episode we explore the use, function and treatment of the divergent channels. If you have patients autoimmune disease, or chronic issues seem to cycle but go nowhere, this conversation with Josephine Spilka will give you insights on how help your patients break these cycles of dysfunction.

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Show Highlights

  •  Working with the divergent channels is working with the essence, and the essence moves slowly.
  •  The divergent channels are about the interaction between wei and jing-essence.
  •  Divergent channels 101
  • The difference in function between the 8 extra and the divergences.
  • It can take some time and retreat to clear something via the divergences.
  • Walking through a divergent channel treatment.
  • Working with the divergences when there is not the luxury of lot of time or space
  • Educating our patients to work with a process that is not all about suppression of symptoms.
  • Movement in the healing process and the difference between suppression and repression.
  • Ways of accessing the divergent meridians.

The guest of this show 

Josephine Spilka is a licensed acupuncturist, practicing since 1994 with a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating she was introduced to the synthesis of classical teachings and the modern practice of Chinese medicine by Sharon Weizenbaum, then went on to study extensively with Jeffrey Yuen beginning in 1998. Currently, as the owner of www.essencepresence.com, Josephine teaches, mentors and consults in Chinese medicine and Buddhist meditation. Additionally, as a faculty member of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, she taught core curriculum courses utilizing classical systems such as Divergent Meridians, Luo Vessels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels as well as supervising students in the college clinic and conducting case review. Combining deep study with practical application, Josephine aspires to share the benefits of putting the classical teachings into clinical practice with her students and other licensed professionals. In all that she does, Josephine is focused on investigating the relationship with essence in its many forms. Growing and innovating from her foundation in Chinese medicine, she teaches on essential oils and Chinese medicine, shares contemplative photography, and serves others in finding and mining their own essence. With pith and passion, Josephine brings together many streams of teachings to offer an inspiring and practical application of ancient wisdom.


Links and Resources

You can find more about Josephine's work with essential oils at www.essencepresence.com.

Take Josephine's class on the Five Meridian System on ProD and get CEU credits.

Josephine's blog is a wander through the wonder of medicine, healing and muse. Highly recommended!

The book, Advance Acupuncture Clinical Manual, that Josephine mentioned in the podcast that goes into the divergent channels is not easy to find, but the great river of books can hook you up.

Transcripts and recording of Jeffrey Yuan can be found at the Jade Purity Foundation.

 

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