Sunday, May 31, 2009

Herb Formulas Tutorial

For some reason we always head to level 12 of the tower building for this. Here we settle down to use the massage tables as desks. Why this happens I have no idea?! But that is what happens. Last tutorial too-thank goodness!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

End of semester draws near!

I took some pictures of these plastic balls a few months ago in building two at the start of semester. Last time they were a bit dirty and had white light bulbs in them and I commented of what their Devine purpose was? Now they've been lasered and light sabred to look multicoloured. Their purpose: to distract from clinical features of disease studying. Well done Jedi and they look better than before!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Last History and Philosophy class with Warren M. Cochran

Warren Cochran is a lecturer of Traditional Chinese Medicine at UTS who takes us for herbs in first year, history and philosophy in third year and guides us through herbs clinic in our clinic practical hours.

Well I should be studying, but I couldn't help but play with a new camera. Warren very kindly let me take some pictures of him. Managed to get him striding down one of the hallways of building two at UTS. I've always thought it would be great to get some pics of him in winter time in his hat and big coat and I managed to drum up enough courage to have a go.
Thanks Warren and thanks for the detailed and passionate teaching of a subject that is alive and vibrant 2000 years later on.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Insight into External Clinic Hours

Hi CMA followers,

Believe it or not one more week until the end of semester exams! I've been reducing my stress by swimming and doing yoga and it's sort of working. I've also kept my motivation by being really practical and hands on with TCM by doing external clinic hours from the university clinic. I've been going to two great places: "Traditional Chinese Medicine Australia" in Bondi Junction run by Dr Liu

and "The Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic" in Maroubra run by Jane Lyttleton

Both are very different but I am learning so much that it is incredible! I didn't think external clinic hours would be so different from the UTS clinic but it is very informative and inspiring.
TCM Australia is run by a Chinese practitioner who owns two other clinics. He's very successful and his clinics are very clean with automatic tables, five rooms and hand movement sensor taps in the sinks in each room. Haha! He combines a lot of massage and acupuncture and is big on his herbs too. Overall it's a very smart set up and very professional. Even though I am the only one who speaks english there I get through learning a lot from observation and some interpretation through the receptionist. In my clinic I will definitely use massage as I think its a wonderful healing and diagnostic tool. I also think its great preparation for acupuncture too.

The Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic is also one of a small group of clinics that are very professional and successful. The clinic is next door to a Western medicine IVF clinic. So people come for acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer, for example, to help improve implantation rates. It's one area where science really has been utilised in testing acupuncture and its results. are very good. It's great to see.

It's inspiring to be a part of two successful clinics and to see the opportunities and possibilities that exist to help people especially in two very down to earth and caring places.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Graduation: It can and will happen!

Haven't posted for a while-Sorry!

Walking into my next exam or lecture or something and at the front of UTS was some years graduation day. Inspiration to keep me going. They did it!


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