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Getting Back in the Game: Strategies for Recovery from Injury, Surgery, and Other Damage

Saturday, 10/27 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The objective of this course is to focus practitioner attention on the three stages of injury recovery and the associated TCM therapies for each stage, relying particularly on use of herbal medicine. The presentation will elaborate upon the approach applied in the English-Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Traditional Chinese Medicine volume on Orthopedics and Traumatology, with updated information since its publication in 1989. Treatment of injury is one of the foundations of acupuncture practice, but the herbal component of therapy is often given little attention, relying primarily on a single therapeutic principle—vitalizing blood—and use of some well known topical oils, liniments, and plasters. However, TCM has a richly developed field of traumatology that includes consideration of injury in stages—initial, intermediate, and chronic—with different herbal therapeutics based not only stage, but location of injury, depth, and assessment of progress. The experience with traumatic injuries can be applied as well to the effects of surgery, radiation therapy, localized infection and inflammation, and childbirth.

Subhuti Dharmananda

Subhuti Dharmananda received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California in 1980. He traveled to China several times, the first visit in 1977 and most recent in 2001, and has collected a large library of books and journals involved with traditional medicine. In addition to ITM, Subhuti Dharmananda helped initiate People's Herbs Incorporated, All-The-Tea Company, and Dharma Consulting International, and has been a consultant to several major herb companies, including Fmali Herbs (maker of Good Earth Teas), Health Concerns (maker of Chinese Traditionals), and Sen (maker of Sen traditional herbal formulae and other products). He has been an editor, reviewer, and contributor to several journals involved with traditional medicine, including the International Journal of Oriental Medicine, the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, and Herbalgram.


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