On Wednesday, July 13, from 2 to 4 pm, Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe is hosting a Wellness Fair. The fair will showcase many different applications of Chinese Medicine, not just acupuncture! Whether you have health concerns, have always been curious about acupuncture, or simply want to know what Chinese Medicine is all about, the Wellness Fair is for you. On hand, senior students from SWAC, under the guidance of experienced Doctors of Oriental Medicine, will be offering a variety of modalities to attendees.
Da Zao, jujube or Chinese date, is not only a medicinal herb in Chinese medicine but also a tasty fruit. Its sweet and warm properties make it a favorite among many. The jujube can be consumed alone as a snack or added to foods. Be careful not to use too much though, as an excessive amount can bring about diarrhea and digestive discomfort.
Still, this herb is very special because it can replenish the substance that provides our bodies with warmth and energy (Qi). Thus it is used in cases of weakness, fatigue, and poor appetite. It builds blood and calms the spirit/mind, treating irritability and insomnia. Finally, Da Zao harmonizes formulas, reducing the undesired and harmful effects of harsh herbs and helping the herbs in a formula work together more effectively. It is often used as an alternative herb to Gan Cao (licorice root) to harmonize when licorice root is unavailable or when it is incompatible with the herbs being used.
Specialty clinics, intended to serve populations dealing with specific health issues, are popular at the SWAC clinic for student interns and patients alike. Spring 2016 semester saw the advent of the Immune Support clinic at SWAC’s Santa Fe campus. The idea for this clinic began several years ago with the HIV Support Clinic at the Albuquerque campus. Pharmaceutical treatments have enabled many people with HIV to live relatively healthy lives for decades, but these patients may experience side effects resulting from long-term use of medications. Acupuncture treatments can significantly improve the quality of life of these patients by strengthening energy, improving sleep and digestion, and promoting relaxation and relieving stress. The HIV Support Clinic ran for many semesters at the Albuquerque campus and was always booked.
With tremendous gratitude for the accomplishments, efforts, and intentions of past and incumbent members and participants, the Student Council at the Boulder campus looks forward to further enriching student life through activation among our community of students, faculty, alumni, and administration, in and across three principal channels of engagement: social, academic, and alumni.
Social: Formal and ad-hoc gatherings, outings, and benefits on campus and at local entertainment, natural, and institutional venues providing opportunities for vibrant interaction and pooling of our investments in ourselves as current students and each other as future fellow practitioners in identifying with, contributing to, and strengthening our on-campus atmosphere and local and professional communities.
La Familia-Namaste is a nonprofit social service agency that provides adoption (international, domestic, infant, and special needs) and treatment foster care for children. At the clinic, we treat the kids and their parents. I started treating there out of a need to give back, being that I have been so blessed in my life.
The clients are so appreciative of our services, and every night I am so touched by the smiles of the children, and I wonder how these fragile young beings cope with their experience. It feels good to be able to bring some brief period of comfort to the brave adults who have chosen to foster and adopt these beautiful kids.
Dr. Walter Eddy, DOM, is an externship supervisor at the Santa Fe campus and maintains a private practice in Santa Fe.
Gui Zhi Tang is a formula that was developed around the year 220 C.E. and recorded in the Shang Han Lun (“Discussion of Cold Damage”). However, it is just as relevant today—especially in cool climates such as northern New Mexico—and is used for a wide array of conditions ranging from simple colds and flu to psycho-emotional instabilities. In TCM terms, Gui Zhi Tang is primarily used to treat “Wind-Cold invasion with Wei Qi deficiency and disharmony of Ying and Wei Qi,” which presents as sweating, chills and fever that are not relieved by sweating, aversion to wind, headache, stiff neck, nasal congestion, fatigue, and sometimes dry heaves. The tongue presentation is not much different than normal in this condition, but the pulse is floating and weak. This translates as a common cold or influenza in western terms.
Springtime instills dread in many New Mexicans who suffer from seasonal pollen - especially juniper allergies. Although it is best to treat allergies while symptoms are in latency, there is hope. Many Chinese herbs can treat the various manifestations of seasonal allergies, and Cang Er Zi San is one formula that can alleviate sinus congestion.
Many students at SWAC have taken an interest in Japanese acupuncture, including a style called Meridian Therapy. Meridian Therapy is rooted the Nan Jing, or Classic of Difficulties, which expounds that deficiency and excess are tonified and reduced from a Five Element perspective to bring the body into balance.
The High Desert Hari Society is a non-profit in Santa Fe whose mission is the preservation and transmission of traditional medicine worldwide. Founded by Dr. Ehrland Truitt, DOM, the organization’s original affiliation is with Sensei Koei Kuwahara, a student of the late master Fukushima Kodo, but promotes the study of diverse lineages of acupuncture, herbalism, and healing touch.