COURSE WEEKEND: 'Magical point combinations for Insomnia that actually work-TCM for Cardiology, High Blood Pressure and Hypercholestrolemia'

COURSE WEEKEND: 'Magical point combinations for Insomnia that actually work-TCM for Cardiology, High Blood Pressure and Hypercholestrolemia'
COURSE WEEKEND: 'Magical point combinations for Insomnia that actually work-TCM for Cardiology, High Blood Pressure and Hypercholestrolemia'
18-20 January 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

1: Magical point combinations for Insomnia that actually work

The challenging Insomnia patient

As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine most of you have probably encountered the challenge of treating insomnia successfully. Despite very clear syndrome differentiation in the books or school materials, Insomnia seems to be very challenging in practice. In this one-day workshop I will share channel theory insights on the treatment of Insomnia, more specifically, on how to utilize the Shao Yin Heart and Kidney channels for successful treatment of Insomnia. After years of challenging Insomnia patients in the clinic I have finally realized a breakthrough approach that yields success time and time again.

Insomnia is a condition that can have serious consequences in the daily life of patients, leading even to physical and psychological problems. Insomnia can worsen or even cause disorders like high blood pressure, arrhythmias, weight gain, poor memory and concentration and many more disorders. In addition, in patients complaining many disorders that also suffer from insomnia, adopting a treatment approach that emphasizes balancing sleep often results in optimal clinical results for their main complaints or disorders. TCM has been dealing with Insomnia for thousands of years and has good results with this unique channel theory approach. 

Course overview

  • Overview role of the heart and Shen in sleep disturbances
  • The most fundamental Yin and Yang aspects of activity and rest
  • Importance of inquiring on sleep and dreams
  • Insomnia as the underlying condition for other disorders
  • Brief overview of the classical TCM view of insomnia
  • Unique Shao Yin point combination for insomnia that actually works
  • Combining the unique Shao Yin combination for other disorders (palpitations, arrhythmias, migraines, menopause symptoms, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, sleep apnea) 
  • Selective research on the importance of sleep  
  • Practice of unique point locations and needling techniques for insomnia protocol


2: TCM for Cardiology, High Blood Pressure and Hypercholestrolemia

Who is afraid of cardiology?

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long standing history of efficient treatments for disorders of the heart. Ancient Chinese Medicine approaches integrated with insights from modern research make the field of TCM cardiology ever so relevant for this very common ailment in the modern clinic.

Historical records of the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine for cardiovascular disorders date back to 100-300 BCE. Protocols for the treatment of Xiong Bi, pectoral chest pain, have been mentioned in the ancient Chinese medicine literature as early as 1368-1641 during Ming Dynasty. In modern China, the treatment of cardiovascular disorders (CVD) today is common in all major hospitals. Specialized 'TCM cardiologist' doctors of acupuncture or herbal medicine are present in both out-patient clinics as well as in-patient hospital wards.

The treatment is often integrative, involving high level western diagnostics and medication, in conjunction to acupuncture or Chinese herbal formulas. In the west, the treatment of CVD with TCM is increasingly gaining popularity due to the clinical success stories, as well as due to exposure in published research. TCM is as relevant today, as it was over the past centuries for the treatment of many common cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary artery disease and even heart failure. Incorporating skills in the treatment of CVD with TCM is therefore a promising avenue for TCM clinicians and practitioners of the modern era.

Course overview

In this seminar we will explore effective clinical protocols for common cardiovascular disorders relevant to the TCM practitioner:

Historical overview of TCM cardiology 

  • the heart in Chinese Medicine and in DAO philosophy
  • Yin and Yang Aspects of the heart in Systole and Diastole
  • The Shen and the 3 treasures 
  • Heart in Channel theory
  • Heart aspects in cultures around the world

Integrating TCM and cardiology

  • What to avoid and what to treat
  • Red flags in TCM cardiology
  • The key to success ! How to accurately diagnose your patients
  • Formulating an effective treatment plan: Leading herbal formulas, herbs, modifications and acupuncture point combinations
  • Making the complex, simple
  • How to safely combine herbs with drugs in cardiology
  • Clinical discussions of real case studies
  • Research and evidence supporting the use of TCM for cardiovascular disorders

TCM in high blood pressure (Hypertension HTN)

  • western definitions, normal values
  • HTN complications & red flags
  • Western etiology and pathology
  • Major medication groups
  • TCM HTN overview
  • Commonly used acupoints for HTN
  • TCM etiology of HTN
  • Classical syndrome differentiation (diagnosis, treatment plan, points & herbs)
  • Western and TCM integrative view of HTN
  • Channel theory approach for treating HTN
  • Case analysis and selective research

TCM in high cholesterol and lipids 

  • western definitions and norms
  • cholesterol metabolism
  • Major medication groups
  • TCM overview of lipids
  • TCM etiology of dislipidemia
  • Classical syndrome differentiation (diagnosis, treatment plan, points & herbs)
  • Root and branch treatment
  • Lifestyle and diet recommendations
  • Case analysis and selective research

Kontakt der Kontinenten
Amersfoortsestraat 20
3769 AS Soesterberg

Tel: +31 346 351755
€ 555

incl. koffie/thee/water/lunch

Required knowledge

Basic TCM.

Target group

Acupuncturists, herbalists, tuina therapists, shiatsu therapists, last year TCM, students acupuncture, students herbalism, students tuina, students shiatsu.

Accredited by

Accreditation for "Magical point combinations for Insomnia" is obtained from NVA (code AT) and Zhong (category 1, 6 NAP).

Accreditation for "TCM for Cardiology, High Blood Pressure and Hypercholestrolemia" is obtained from NVA (code ATK) and Zhong (category 1, 12 NAP).

Accreditation is obtained from NWP (3 points/day).

Accreditation will be applied at Eufom and BAF if a student is a member of one of these organizations.

A member of the VNT can apply for an individual accreditation in the member section online.

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