Morning Lectures: 9:15 am – 12:20 pm
9:15 – 10:10 am
The Face as a Landform – The Topographical Map
The face can be viewed as a Topographical Map: The fundamental yin and yang balance seen on the face is a composite of the features that are known as mountains and rivers, and the minor yin and yang balance is found in the valleys and plains.
This morning lecture will give participants the ability to identify these features and learn to evaluate them quickly for the correlation between the personality traits and lifestyle choices that are associated with these features. They will be shown how these factors contribute to the origins of many health conditions and diseases that are based on excess or deficiency. Understanding these signs will give participants additional diagnostic indicators that can be used immediately in their practices, and help give patients appropriate lifestyle advice that will enhance their treatments.
10:15 – 11:10 am
Why Do We Have Acupuncture Points – An Exploration of Why Nature Needed to Evolve Them
If you were to embark on a 3 day fast, your body immediately starts disassembling digestive enzymes, on the assumption you don’t need them anymore. How are we to explain, then, in the face of such strict ‘body economy’, the existence of acupuncture points whose elaborate neural connections and histologic structures evolved a full 240 million years before someone came along to treat them?
This talk will explore that question, reviewing the science of acupuncture points and how they work to arrive at the fascinating conclusion that they have been central to the survival of all vertebrate species currently on earth. In the process, we’ll arrive at a broader understanding of how acupuncture points may be used in clinical practice, such that everything from yoga to a good old walk around the park can be used to perpetuate the good works that started with the acupuncturist’s needles.
11:25 – 12:20 pm
Acupuncture Treatment of Athletic Performance – An Overview
Patients are as active as ever, and it is not uncommon to have our clinic community actively involved in sports and fitness. Whether running and the triathlon, or simply obsessed with yoga or crossfit, these individuals are often wanting to excel. And when it comes to competition and performance, acupuncture provides an amazing supportive therapy. This lecture will provide an outline of ways in which you can offer performance enhancement to the athletes both new and seasoned in your clinic. As so little is written about the subject, this is a great opportunity to hear directly from Whitfield Reaves, who has been using acupuncture with elite athletes since before the 1984 Olympic Games.
The following breakdown provides an overview of these optimization opportunities.
- Treatment during the Yin/training phase
- Treatment during the Yang/competition phase
- A summary of five pre-performance acupuncture treatment protocols
- Auricular acupuncture for enhancing athletic performance
- Use of the heart rate monitor to effectively manage Zang-fu considerations of the Kidney and the Heart.
Afternoon Lectures: 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Facial Diagnosis – The Earth at the Center of Health
The Body is part of the earth aspect of being and needs to be cared for in ways that Chinese Medicine has known for centuries as Yang Sheng or Nurturing Life. This ancient advice is still relevant today and the face shows myriad diagnostic signs about the individual requirements for diet, rest, exercise, emotional expression and mental stimulation.
This afternoon lecture will focus on how the face reveals the strength of the Three Treasures – the fundamental amount of Jing, in which ways Qi needs to be generated through food and breath, as well as the manifestation of Shen in the eyes and through the skin that shows Emotional and Psychological Health. Special attention will be paid to the Earth Warehouses of the Face showing Immune Function. Participants will also be taught the signs that show that Jing and Shen are connected and there will be discussions about helping patients incarnate their Shen into their bodies fully for optimal health.
How to Quickly and Easily Come Up With the Ideal Acupuncture Treatment for Any Patient
The accepted approach to acupuncture for the Chinese medical patient involves taking a history, performing a physical exam, making a diagnosis, then prescribing points. Even with this rational approach, however, results can take many sessions to appear, running the risk of patients discontinuing treatment prematurely, lessening practitioner gratification, and unfairly branding acupuncture as slow to work at best, and ineffective at worst.
There is an alternate approach, arguably the original approach, to the acupuncture patient, where a diagnosis is rendered only AFTER an effective treatment has already been provided. This approach relies heavily upon pulse diagnosis and its split-second response to just the right stimulus, at just the right point, to provide the ‘physical evidence’ of the case, via which the history is then interpreted and a ‘verdict’ made as to the patient’s diagnosis. Armed with this diagnosis, the practitioner can then integrate other treatments like herbs and diet change, and be confident in their efficacy.
A further benefit of this approach to acupuncture is that the practitioner is not limited by their knowledge or their memory of Chinese medical theory. The patients themselves reveal the best points to treat their condition, through a careful examination of their topography.
This workshop will explore a simplified approach to pulse diagnosis that allows its rapid accurate assessment before, during, and at the conclusion of treatment. We’ll also explore how to examine the patient to find the optimal points for treating their condition, and the needling techniques to stimulate them so that pulse improvements can be seen right away so that the patient is discharged in full faith and confidence that they will immediately begin improving.
Acupuncture Treatment of Injury as a Model for Pre-Performance Protocols
In this afternoon workshop Whitfield Reaves will discuss acupuncture treatment of some common lower extremity injuries. We will learn how to treat specific local and adjacent points for these tissues and structures in treatments that are clinically effective. We will also learn how to incorporate these treatments protocols for pre-performance acupuncture to prevent injury and to optimize our patient’s performance. Live demonstrations of assessment and needling techniques will be performed for clarity and ease of learning.
Tissues and structures covered will include the following.
- The Gluteus Medius
- The Hamstring
- The Quadriceps
- The Anterior Compartment of the Leg
- The Rotator Cuff Muscles