Growing the Circle: Integrating Whole-Food Supplements and Western Botanicals Into Your AOM Practice
With Dr Michael Gaeta, DAOM, MS, CDN
Today’s patients are more complex, toxic and nutritionally deficient than any in history. So it is essential for the successful clinician to include nutrition in their patient care. Nutrition is a foundational part of traditional Chinese medicine, yet most schools and practitioners often neglect this area, and focus mainly on acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Many acupuncturists also avoid nutritional supplementation, perhaps because most supplements are synthetic isolates which are pharmaceutical, not nutritional. These “nutraceuticals,” lacking life energy and based in reductionist thinking, are potentially harmful, and incongruent with the principles of Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine is only congruent with supplements made of concentrated living foods, which ideally contain the same three types of ingredients found in Chinese herbal medicine: plant, mineral and animal.
Western botanicals offer us complementary herbs not found in Chinese medicine, which dramatically improve patient outcomes. This is a practice-changing seminar, taught by one of the leading educators in the field of natural medicine, in applying the whole foods philosophy to your Chinese medicine practice. A unique aspect of this seminar is its emphasis on diet, whole-food nutritional supplementation and full-spectrum Western herbs as the foundation of your optimal acupuncture and Chinese herbal results.
What you will learn:
1. Learn key points of the history of clinical nutrition
2. Understand the difference between synthetic and natural vitamins; health risks associated with
synthetic vitamins and antioxidants
3. Gain knowledge of the Chinese medicine energetics of whole-food supplements, and the yin and yang of the B-Complex
4. Understand herbal quality considerations, and the potential value of standardized herbal extracts
5. Learn Echinacea’s history, traditional uses, actions, indications, myths, latest research
6. Select non-Chinese herbs of great clinical value that complement Chinese medicine practice
7. Learn proven protocols that improve your Chinese medicine results, including wellness care, prenatal, gallbladder, pediatrics, blood sugar and more
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