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75 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
HQ 56 Randine Lewis: Formation of the Soul in the 3 Stages of Pregnancy
The Daoists believe that life begins from stillness. Take a moment for a pregnant pause, to appreciate the way the soul manifests, grows and develops throughout pregnancy. To consider what is the curriculum that your soul has signed up for in this lifetime? What is the curriculum of the other souls you connect with, and how do you influence each other’s learning and pathway in this lifetime? It all starts at the very beginning of life, and unfolds throughout pregnancy, before we officially begin our life in the outside world. Join Clare and Randine on this journey as they go deep into the intricacies of the psyche, the soul, life purpose and the glory of the Dao, and how this information can be used to understand the stages of pregnancy from a different perspective. Dr Randine Lewis is a practitioner based in Asheville, NC, USA. Randine leads transformative practitioner retreats around the world, and mentors students via her website CEFP – Clinical Excellence Fertility Professionals. Her fertility program and work with patients is found at www.thefertilesoul.com You can find Randine’s continuing professional development webinars at www.healthyseminars.com//bio/randine-lewis
88 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
HQ 55 Tricky Practitioner Patient Dynamics
There’s always going to be tricky dynamics that we come up against in clinic from time to time. What about that patient who is always late? Or are you a practitioner who doesn’t run on time in a perfect schedule? How about when your patients are self-prescribing and getting needled by another practitioner for “a separate issue”… It doesn’t stop there. Dr Google is always ready to diagnose! Some people send too many emails, some argue, others lie! Communicating certain things early on can prevent many of these tricky dynamics and awkward conversations. Phiona and Clare discuss some of their sentiments to these and other issues, and some helpful approaches that they have utilised in addressing these problems.
86 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
HQ 54 Business Mindset with Hamish Reid and Sohial Farzam
What is it that makes the difference between a clinic that is struggling financially and one that is thriving? What are some of the key things that any practitioner can implement in their clinics in order to get better outcomes for their patients AND also help their own bottom line?In this episode, Clare and Phiona are joined by Hamish Reid and Sohial Farzam to discuss the ins and outs of having a Business Mindset. Covering topics such as acupuncture treatment dosage, patient expectations and goals, and different ways of discussing challenging patient dynamics. Hamish and Sohial are well known and respected in Australia for their excellent clinical skills, as well as their fabulous business skills. They generously share their expertise in seminars on a range of clinical and business related topics. They have just released their new book “In Demand – The Health Professionals Guide to a Winning Practice” on running a successful practice. There is a pre-release special price for Australian practitioners, you can purchase the book with this release pricing on this link here.
42 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
HQ53 – Can You Acupuncture Me Over The Internet?
Can you give me acupuncture over the internet? In this episode, Phiona and Clare discuss the ins and outs of running an online clinic. Why would you offer online consults? Maybe patients are contagious but would benefit from herbs and nutrition. Sometimes patients need more discussion than acupuncture. Separating consults and herbal prescriptions from treatments can also allow you to change up your own schedule during different times of your life. We go into some of the how-to on setting up your clinic & website to handle online consultations. We also discuss tips for preparing patients before online consults and the technology they’ll use – including how to get a good tongue photo. We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this episode, or for you to spark a conversation about what the ideas in this episode mean for you. Join us on Facebook to chat with the show hosts and other listeners.
61 minutes | Aug 22, 2018
HQ 52 – Transformations in Clinical Practice with Randine Lewis
It’s been a while since we posted a new episode – but wow is this episode worth the wait! Clare has returned from the world of maternity to do a live interview with Randine Lewis which was recorded in May 2018 on her trip to Australia for leading a practitioner retreat. Kirsten Wolfe joined Clare for this interview that goes deep into the types of challenges that practitioners can face when they are faced with the need to transform themselves and their practice. (Listen out for the gurgles of baby Michael who was there for the interview too.) The topic of conversation is Transformations in Clinical Practice. Based on how we start out in clinic, and who we are when we start out, it’s not necessarily easy to predict how things will end up in the future. There is also an additional thing that happens where the way we change as practitioners is prompted by who we need to become for our own spiritual and emotional wellbeing and fortitude. Randine offers insights and shares her experience as a trailblazer in the world of Chinese medicine: from establishing a busy fertility practice through to running patient and practitioner retreats. Dr Randine Lewis is author of the Infertility Cure, and is a member of faculty at the Daoist College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville NC. She leads transformative practitioner retreats around the world, and mentors students via her website CEFP – Clinical Excellence Fertility Professionals. Her fertility program and work with patients is found at www.thefertilesoul.com Randine is keynote speaker at IICMC2018 in Melbourne, November 9-11 2018. She is also running an intimate 1 day workshop on November 8th in Melbourne on True Fertility: Opening up to the source of the 8 extraordinary meridians. Tickets for the conference and workshop are available at iicmc.com We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this episode, or for you to spark a conversation about what the ideas in this episode mean for you. Join us on Facebook to chat with the show hosts and other listeners.
66 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
HQ 51 Palpation in Chinese Medicine with Dan Bensky
In this episode with Dan Bensky we discuss the intricacies of palpation, his insights around palpating the San Jiao, and how refining your palpation skills can assist with your diagnosis, your acupuncture choices, and better inform your herbal prescriptions. Inspired by his background in osteopathy and craniosacral methods, Dan brings the classics of ancient acupuncture descriptions to life using the osteopathic approach to help bridge the gap in the practical hands on palpatory learning of acupuncture. Dan Benksy has a diploma in Chinese medicine from Macau institute of Chinese medicine, and a PhD from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. He also has a Doctor of Osteopathy. He practices in Seattle and you can find his clinic here. (www.danbensky.com). Dan has authored and co-authored many important Chinese medicine texts including the Shanghai Acupuncture text, Chinese medicine material medica, and Chinese Herbal medicine formulas and strategies. We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
73 minutes | Jan 15, 2018
HQ 50 Chinese herbal classics and dosage with Simon Feeney
How do dosage ratios and cooking methods help avoid adverse reactions to many herbs and formulas? How many grams can or should you use of Chai Hu in XCHT? What about 125g? Simon Feeney takes us on a journey from 20yrs ago, when he met a monk who became his friend and teacher. This monk introduced Simon to herbal medicine, inspiring his studies in Chinese medicine and the Shang Han Za Bing Lun. Simon’s investigations into classical Chinese herbal dosages, with the help of ancient texts, has led to some really interesting and useful insights. Yielding strong clinical results, as well as some funny stories of passion and effort. Have you heard Simon puts more Gui Zhi and Sheng Jiang in his porridge than you do in your Gui Zhi Tang? Simon’s clinic is Empirical Health and is based in Port Macquarie, in NSW Australia. He has just released a Shang Hang Za Bing Lun app called “Chinese Medicine Classics” to help you with his immense herbal knowledge, and passion for clinical results with Chinese herbal medicine. You can also check out Simon’s exceptional classical herbal range of Sans (powders), Wans (real honey pills) and Tangs at Empirical Health, and his high quality range of organic herbs. Get the app via the apple store or for android We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
93 minutes | Dec 17, 2017
HQ 49 Chinese Medicine for Male Fertility with Peter Kington
What’s your libido like on a scale of “can’t get enough” to “can I please have a cup of tea?”. Male fertility is up for discussion this week and Peter Kington is just the man for the job. When girls hit puberty, she is afforded many subsequent years to observe her menstrual cycle and to get a sense of any problems that might be present. However, when a boy hits puberty and starts to ejaculate with masturbation, there’s no feedback to let him know that his sperm is fine or that there’s any sperm there at all. Yet as Peter Kington so eloquently describes, it’s an assumption that almost every man (and society) makes, and it doesn’t necessarily get questioned even if a couple is suffering from fertility problems. Peter has a keen interest in treating male fertility, not just from a clinical perspective, but also from a social point of view that by and large still places the “blame” with women and isolates men from the process. This is an in depth episode where we cover just about all there is to know about male fertility and getting the guys on board with treatment through to strategies that can be applied clinically. Peter’s clinic is located in Brisbane, and he also lectures regularly across Australia and New Zealand. He will be presenting at IICMC Supercharge your Fertility Conference in Melbourne in November 2018. We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
83 minutes | Dec 10, 2017
HQ 48 Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Obstetrics with Debra Betts
Have you heard the Chinese saying that a pregnant woman should read beautiful poetry, and no one should deliver bad news to her? In this episode we discussed all things pregnancy related with Debra Betts – including the merits of this old superstitious advice. We covered everything from the basics of pregnancy, and forbidden points, through to some more complicated scenarios around inducing labour, and the rise of gall bladder attacks during pregnancy in modern times. For further information – about Debra’s clinic work and her patient handouts, information about the acupuncture training for midwives, and the online Masters course for acupuncturists. Here are some further resources that Debra has kindly provided for you to download: Acupuncture RCT Final Luteal phase Inducing Labour Maternity Acupuncture We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
75 minutes | Nov 3, 2017
HQ47 – Shang Han Lun with Arnaud Versluys
Who better to have a chat with about Han Dynasty medicine than the King of Shang Han Lun himself – Arnaud Versluys. We talk about how he went from a standard TCM education to being a practitioner who exclusively practices classical herbal medicine. Phiona and Clare asked Arnaud about many aspects of Han Dynasty medicine, including the use of acupuncture alongside Han dynasty herb formulas, the best translation of the Jing Gui Yao Lue, and whether he thinks it’s worth it to learn to read Chinese and be able to understand the texts for yourself. We speculate on rumors that Arnaud will write a book on Shang Han Lun – he promises that he has it on the agenda! And of course we get into some detailed discussion of some aspects of Shang Han Lun theory. Something for everyone in this episode! Following these links you can find more information about Arnaud, his clinical practice and his upcoming seminars and lectures. We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
48 minutes | Oct 18, 2017
HQ88 – Pulse Diagnosis with Ann Cecil Sterman
In this brilliant episode we managed to cover a lot of ground with Ann Cecil Sterman – where we talked about dynamic pulse diagnosis, and how actively taking the pulse allows a practitioner to derive conclusions about how the organs are interacting with each other. We covered so much more than just dynamic pulse diagnosis. We got to hear about Ann’s life mission, her passion and even how she plays in a professional orchestra from time to time. We also got into the nitty gritty on the “other channels” that are often forgotten about. Ann discusses how they are very powerful and an essential part of every acupuncturists toolkit that should be learned about and not be ignored. And of course the question of dosage for acupuncture – how often should we be giving acupuncture to our patients in order to get them an optimal outcome? And what to do if your treatment that should be working isn’t working. Ann Cecil Sterman is a long time student of Dr Jeffrey Yuen, and has a busy practice in Manhattan New York where she focuses on treating chronic degenerative diseases. She has published 2 books: Advanced Acupuncture, A Clinic Manual, Protocols for the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Channels, and The Art of Pulse Diagnosis. Ann’s teaching schedule can be found here. We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
61 minutes | Aug 31, 2017
HQ45 – Pain in the Neck
In your life, what or who is a pain in the neck? Do you suffer from the burden of trying to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Neck and shoulder pain is a common complaint amongst patients – whether or not you specialise in musculoskeletal cases, pain in the neck and/or shoulders will be experienced by many of your patients. Treating and resolving neck and shoulder pain is often fairly straight forward – but what about those cases where it just doesn’t seem to respond to treatment the way you think it should? In this episode Clare and Phi discuss their strategies to deal with really tricky neck and shoulder pain, and surprising ways they’ve found to help resolve it. Some of the things we discussed in this episode include: Heather Bruce’s navel cupping technique Mouth breathing, the consequences for TMJ, bruxing and neck pain, and what you can do about it Pterygoid muscle releaseWe’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
90 minutes | Aug 14, 2017
HQ43 Yaron Seidman – Hun Yuan – Heart, Body, Medicine
If you treat fertility patients in your practice – this is a must-listen episode! If you are looking for ways to really make your clinical approach holistic – this is a must-listen episode. We recorded a live episode with Yaron Seidman a few months back, and now here it is for all of you who didn’t get to join us live to enjoy listening. We had a great discussion with Yaron about his Hun Yuan approach to treating fertility, and what it means to take a truly holistic approach to treatment. We talk about life medicine, and how we can use all kinds of tools – not just acupuncture and herbal medicine – to help reconnect someone who has lost their connection to their health potential. Yaron shares gems including the foundational approach of his unification formula, how he prescribes different types of music for patients to listen to, as well as his understanding of the importance of a Heart connection with patients. Yaron Seidman has been practising for 27 years, and his clinical practice is specialised in the treatment of infertility. He consults with patients around the world from his clinic based in Connecticut USA. Yaron also runs a 3 year practitioner training in Hun Yuan Body, Heart, Medicine. Yaron will be presenting at the 2018 IICMC fertility conference in Melbourne Australia, November 9-11th 2018. We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
52 minutes | Jul 20, 2017
HQ42 Taking Time Off, Maternity Leave and Extended Trips Away from Clinic
Are you walking the walk when it comes to getting your work-life balance right? Are you taking enough time off? For many practitioners it’s tricky to get the right balance between work and leisure. What’s the best way to take time off without having a negative affect on your business? It’s a common occurrence for practitioners – you take some much needed time off from clinic – only to return to find that your patient numbers have dropped. Women in particular can have a stressful time in planning for maternity leave – it can be hard to know exactly when will be a good time to finish up work, and when you think you’ll be ready to return to work is often not the time you thought you’d be coming back. And what about regular time off – like sick leave? Do you go to work when you’re so sick you should really stay at home? Can you afford to take a day off work and still be able to pay the bills when they come rolling in? Some get locums, some working in group practices have other practitioners to cover for them, others just close down their clinic for their holiday and reopen on their return. We talk about it all in this episode, and whilst we don’t profess to have all the answers, Phiona and Clare talk about what has and hasn’t worked in their particular circumstances in the past. We would love to hear about the challenges you have faced, and how you went about dealing with it. Was it a success? Would you do it again differently next time? We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
76 minutes | Jun 28, 2017
HQ41 – Stems and Branches Acupuncture with Joan Duveen
We as humans are manifestations of the universal spark, and when the universal spark fragments, it radiates energy from Heaven outward towards us, and it is up to us as human beings to answer back to Heaven with our thoughts, our actions, our feelings and emotions. The more we are focused on our desires, frustrations, anger – the more we are not connected to that connection. The more we are connected to the Heavenly energy the more we are connected to our true nature. In this episode we go into some of the intricacies of stems and branches theory – as Joan Duveen shares his 3 decades of clinical experience in using this approach with his patients. The important influence Dr van Buren had in the teaching of stems and branches How to apply knowledge of the 4 pillars in a clinical setting How stems and branches can be used with fertility patients The relationship between Zheng Qi, stems and branches, and the connection to our true nature How to make the adjustments in the calculations for the Southern Hemisphere. Joan Duveen commenced his studies in Chinese medicine in 1975, and studied and worked closely with Dr van Buren for many years. Joan is practising in Netherlands and lecturing internationally on a regular basis. He will be holding a seminar on Stems and Branches acupuncture in Melbourne, Australia from July 21st-24th. Tickets can be purchased from the event organiser Qiology. We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
71 minutes | Jun 14, 2017
HQ40 – Burger with the Lot with Steven Clavey
What to do with your gynae patients who seem to have every single pattern of disharmony happening in their body all the same time? It’s like they’ve asked for a burger with the lot – and it has every. possible. ingredient. all piled in between the two halves of the bun. This week we discussed some of the intricacies of treating gynae patients – women’s health and fertility. Some clinical gems including some mini herb combos – triplets that are good for treating menopausal symptoms, depression, sinusitis when Steve uses yi mu cao in doses as high as 30g how he doses tian qi to deal with heavy bleeding what he uses for patients with a subplacental hemorrhage Steve Clavey is a master of Chinese herbal medicine, and runs a busy fertility and women’s health practice in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Fluid Physiology and Pathophysiology Steve is an editor of the internationally regarded Chinese medicine journal The Lantern that is published 3 times a year. You can also read some of his Daoist translations and some of Steve’s other writings at https://thefatmonk.wordpress.com We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this episode. Please drop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think on this topic!
55 minutes | May 2, 2017
HQ39 – Thyroid Treatment with Chinese Medicine
In this week’s episode, Phiona and Clare go through the foundations of how to treat thyroid disorders from an integrative TCM perspective. From start to finish – from the basics of what the thyroid is doing, what the thyroid blood tests mean, what the optimal reference ranges are and how to use that information in your clinic. They discuss the importance of formulating a proper TCM diagnosis to ensure your acupuncture treatment and herbal formulas are targeting your patient’s pathology in just the right way. Clare and Phiona discuss a range of integrative approaches to treating the thyroid, including addressing heavy metals, the importance of selenium, zinc and other nutrients. Also the right way and the wrong way for patients to be supplementing with iodine, especially if they have Hashimoto’s. We mentioned it’s a good idea to go back and refresh yourself on the episodes we did with Heiner Fruehauf on gu syndrome – episodes 24 & 25. We’d love to hear your favourite gem from this episode, please share it with us on our Facebook page.
76 minutes | Apr 2, 2017
HQ38 Ross Rosen & Shen Hammer Pulse System
What does your patient’s heart rate tell you about their history of trauma? The types of qualities present in those with PTSD? Can you tell from the pulse what an aneurysm, prolapse or valve problems feel like on the pulse? What is the significance of an increase in the leathery pulse quality in today’s society? In this episode we had an in depth discussion with Ross Rosen about so many aspects of pulse diagnosis of the Shen Hammer Pulse System. Ross early interest in Chinese philosophy, culture and martial arts led to the study of Chinese herbal medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. He has dedicated years to the study of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD) and Contemporary Oriental Medicine and Chinese medical psychology is one of only a few practitioners who is certified practitioner and continues to receive hands on training with Dr Leon Hammer. Ross has also studied under Dr Jeffrey Yuen. Ross’ clinic is located in Westfield, New Jersey. You can find details on his clinic at www.acupunctureandherbalmedicine.com and information about his upcoming seminars at rossrosen.com We hope your ears and your own Shen can take the info from this episode to help your fingers to have a new understanding of your patients’ pulses in clinic. We’d love to hear your favourite gem from this episode, please share it with us on our Facebook page.
103 minutes | Feb 27, 2017
HQ37 The Picasso Principle: Classical Chinese Medicine Diagnosis with Z’ev Rosenberg
“We get sick when we’re not paying attention” From Picasso, to Dostoyevsky, to Zhang Zhong Jing – we discussed many great ideas from great minds in this episode with Z’ev Rosenberg. This is a long episode – where we really dive deep in exploring the ways in which we can best equip ourselves to be the best diagnostic clinicians we can be. In this long discussion we had a great discussion with Z’ev who shared his 30+ years of experience as we covered many ideas ranging from the intricacies of pulse diagnosis, through to the treatment of autoimmune disease and menopause. Your passion for Chinese medicine will be renewed after this discussion. And to round off this spectacular episode – a special song for the outro at Z’ev’s request. Z’ev Rosenberg, L. Ac., began his studies of Asian schools of medicine in the early 1970’s, with studies in macrobiotics, shiatsu, and theory of Chinese medicine. He received a degree from the Santa Fe School of Natural Medicine in Western herbal medicine and body therapies in 1976, Kushi Institute (Boston, Massachusetts) in 1979 in macrobiotic counseling, Southwest Acupuncture College in 1983 in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine (post-graduate master’s degree in Oriental Medicine) in 1989. He worked as a macrobiotic councilor and shiatsu practitioner throughout the 1970’s, and has been in full-time practice in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1983. You can find more about Z’ev on his website http://zevrosenberg.com/ Let us know what your thoughts and reflections are on the ideas in this episode – over on our Facebook page.
53 minutes | Feb 1, 2017
HQ36 – Musculoskeletal and Jia Ji’s with Matt Callison
“All musculoskeletal problems will have an internal component – you just have to look for it.” Matt Callison is the King of Musculoskeletal acupuncture, and if he could meet any of the ancient acupuncture masters, he’d choose Hua Tou for his interesting take on the points. We had a very informative discussion with Matt about his own interesting work combining acupuncture and sports medicine. Matt shares some less well known methods with Hua Tou Jia Ji points, and effective ways to treat pain holistically with particular combinations of acupuncture points, motor points, shu & mu points. As acupuncturists, being able to treat pain really quickly, with a full view of the holistic picture, is going to boost our practices, and our patients’ experience. Here is an image of the multifidus muscle to jog your memory. And some images of different types of radicular pain.
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