Supporting women’s health has been a key focus of Chinese Medicine for more than a thousand years, and its sophistication in terms of both diagnosis and treatment is difficult to match. In our modern times, gynecology continues to be a medical specialization in which Chinese Medicine practitioners, whether treating with acupuncture or herbs, achieve impressive and far-reaching results. Even recalcitrant chronic conditions like menstrual discomfort or infertility, for which biomedicine often offers few or no affordable, lasting, and safe treatment options, can often be addressed effectively quite simply with Chinese Medicine once the practitioner learns to view the female body through the lens of classical Chinese Medicine.
Was this historical focus on “nurturing yin” due to the recognition that you cannot have healthy men (associated with yang) without a balance of healthy women (associated with yin) in the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin-yang balance? Or because of the seemingly obvious but often forgotten fact that healthy mothers are the foundation for future generations and an essential prerequisite for healthy children? Or out of respect for the fact that “women are ten times more difficult to treat” than men? Or does the language of Chinese Medicine, whether through its emphasis on yin-yang harmony or through its understanding of Blood and Qi, somehow give us a special access to the female body that is simply more effective than other medical paradigms? I cannot tell you the exact reason why gynecology is such a powerful subfield of Chinese Medicine, but I know that it works.
In this two-day workshop, I would love to share with you my understanding of the classical Chinese medical approach to the female body. We will explore how the Chinese medical classics from the Han to the Tang dynasties approached women’s health, including the physical body, the heart/mind, and the spirit, with a short excursion into full-fledged gynecology in the first millennium CE. Over two days, we will consider the following topics:
Throughout the two days, we will be translating these teachings and insights from the classics into the lived realities of our modern world. As such, we will discuss contemporary care for women both as effective treatments by health-care providers and as teachings of self-care that encourage the women in our lives (family, friends, patients, etc.) to nurture themselves. The only requirement for this course is an open mind and heart that will allow us as a group to jointly explore how to nurture not only female bodies, but ultimately the yin that must be in balance with the yang in all of us.
After undergraduate training in her native Germany, Sabine Wilms spent two years in Taiwan, studying modern and classical Chinese language. She then moved to the US for her graduate studies and has mostly lived there since. Sabine has been studying classical Chinese writings on medicine beginning with her PhD education in Asian Studies and medical Anthropology. With a strong academic background in early Chinese philosophy, science, cosmology, and language and therefore in a historically and culturally sensitive approach to Chinese medicine, she now enjoys studying and teaching it as a living, effective, ever-changing, and much needed response to the issues of our modern times. Some of her favorite topics are gynecology and reproduction, pediatrics, medical ethics, self-cultivation, and “nurturing life.” Besides teaching at the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and creating books on Chinese medicine through her publishing company, Happy Goat Productions, she is raising a daughter and some dogs, chickens, goats, fruits, and vegetables.
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Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm
Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until September 15)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until September 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until September 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 OM academic credit for this workshop.
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