Thursday, May 12, 2011

Listening to the Pulse

Class and Walking Tour
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7pm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, reading the pulse is considered one of the "two pillars" of diagnosis (the other being tongue examination). Accurate pulse reading requires great energetic sensitivity -- a capacity to “listen” very deeply. It is an art as much as a science.

The pulse is read by palpating the radial artery--just above the crease of the wrist--in three positions and at three depths. Each position relates to a specific organ, and there are certain qualities of the pulse that are used to diagnose more general conditions in the body.

Mastering this skill does require a lot of time and some innate talent. However, in this month's class, Amanda Lewis, L.Ac, will demonstrate how pulse-taking can be learned and used in a meaningful way without having to study for many years.

How Things Move: Natural rhythms in the body and nature

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 5:30-7pm
Greenstar’s Meeting Room
Amanda Lewis, L.Ac

Everything in the phenomenal world has a distinct way it moves. The seasons, planets, and elements, as well as our own physical development and lifecycle are all in a constant state of change. By understanding variations and their observable patterns, we can learn to live in better harmony with them.

In this class, Amanda will explore the inherent movements at play in:

1. The channels, or meridians of the body
2. The five flavors: pungent (acrid), sweet, sour, bitter, and salty
3. The organs: lungs, stomach, spleen, liver, kidneys, and intestines

Come learn more about how to live in balance with the natural rhythms in your body and the natural world.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Keep Your Fingers On the Pulse: Chinese Medical Diagnostic Methods

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011, 5:30-7pm

Greenstar’s Meeting Room
Amanda Lewis, L.Ac

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the basic methods for learning about a patient’s health are called the “Four Examinations.” These include inspection, listening and smelling, inquiry, and palpation.

1. Inspection involves looking at the patient’s body size and shape, the color of their skin, tongue, and general appearance.

2. Listening and smelling refer to observance of the patient’s voice, expressions, breath, and any noticeable sounds or smells.

3. Inquiry requires talking with the patient about their health history, current symptoms, and the development of their primary health concerns.

4. Palpation generally refers to pulse taking and palpation of relevant parts of the body.

In this class, Amanda will provide a detailed survey of how these examinations are carried out, and how the data obtained is correlated to make an accurate diagnosis.

We’ll take a brief tour through Greenstar at the end of the class to locate any supplements and foods that were mentioned.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Which Element Am I? Understanding Health and Personality Using the Five Element System

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 5:30-7pm
Greenstar’s Meeting Room
Amanda Lewis, L.Ac

Five Element Theory is a model used in Traditional Chinese medicine to classify the
inherent patterns of change that operate within all phenomena, both in the external world
and in our bodies. These five elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water—are each
characterized by specific functions and movements. They are basic components of matter,
or building blocks of nature, as well as dynamic qualities that can transform into each other.

In this class, Amanda will survey the various qualities of each element—as they are
observed in the natural world, as well as how they’re experienced in the body—by
exploring these questions:

• What Are the Five Elements?
• Which Element Am I?
• How to Bring Balance to the Elements

Certain supplements and foods can be used to help bring the elements into proper balance.
Amanda will highlight these at the end of the class, followed by a brief tour through
Greenstar to locate the foods and supplements mentioned in the class.