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Reinventing the Wheel
A Top Down Perspective on the Five Elements
When the nature of the clouds has been seen through,
The sun is always shining,
Regardless of the weather.
The author of the Shen Nong Ben Cao, China's oldest herbal text, stated that the highest type of medicine helped humans fulfill their destiny, the middle type helped them nourish original nature, and the lowest type treated physical illness. Today, treating people for the nourishment of original nature and the fulfillment of destiny represents an important inner tradition that has been all but lost in the modern practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A basic premise of Chinese medicine is to move stagnation before tonifying, and there is no greater source of stagnation in life than having forgotten true self. Thus we recognize that nourishing the fulfillment of destiny is the heart and soul of our medicine. Yet how often do we realize this goal in our lives or in clinical practice?
The intention of the course is to provide students with a core grounding in this inner tradition. Constitutional diagnosis will be examined as an organizing framework that yields deep insights into each patient's destiny and path of healing. The imagery contained in the acupuncture point names will be discussed as it relates to the points’ inner functions. We will look through the eyes of spirit to understand Chinese medicine as a fully integral and evolutionary science. Participation in this class is suitable for practitioners from any tradition and level of training who wish to deepen their perspective on their art.
What is the largest possible context for the practice of Chinese Medicine in the 21st century, and how can it help humanity evolve consciousness to face the challenges that confront us today?
•Chinese medicine as a science of conscious awareness
•Medicine from an absolute perspective: ego and the authentic self
•Evolutionary theory and TCM
•Destiny and constitutional type
•Relationship between Chinese cosmology and physiology
•Inner functions of acupuncture points, herbal formulas, and point combinations
•Diagnosis by color, sound, odor, and emotion
•Relationship between the Five Elements and Eight Principles
•Practical exercises in constitutional diagnosis
Instructor: Lonny S. Jarrett, M.Ac., M.S., FNAAOM, is an international recognized author, practitioner, and teacher of Chinese medicine. He has been active in the field of Chinese medicine since 1980, teaching and publishing in leading professional journals. He holds masters degrees in both acupuncture and neurobiology. A founding board member of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts, in 1993 he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and studied pulse diagnosis intensively with Dr. Leon Hammer from 1986 through 1995. Lonny maintains his full-time practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Lonny moderates NourishingDestiny.com, an online community for 3000 practitioners of Chinese medicine.
Fee: $295 General Public / $195 Tai Sophia Alumni and Students
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