Class Report

To the Point - The Basics of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Teacher: Seth Shamon (far right), student clinical intern in Oriental Medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health
Location: Moishe House
Documentarian: Melissa Kanaya
Date: Sept. 28, 2014

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What was the take-home message of the class?
Try acupuncture and Chinese medicine! Seth gave us an introduction to both and explained a variety of different methods the Chinese use to heal people.  

What was the most surprising thing you learned?
Qi in Chinese means “life force.” During the class, we did an exercise that served as an introduction to energy work and cultivating our qi. We all stood with our hands in front of us, which helped us pay attention to our energy flow.

What did you learn that you can put into practice immediately?
We did a short meditation at the beginning of the class. It was very calming and relaxing, and can easily be done anytime. We also practiced a little acupressure. The class partnered up and took turns applying pressure to spots on their partner in order to provide some relief. Seth showed us a common spot on the hand that relieves some pain in areas of the body.  

Where can I find more information?
Between Heaven and Earth” by Harriet Beinfield
The Web That Has No Weaver” by Ted Kaptchuk
Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements” by Dianne Connelly