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SUMMER 2012 The 24th Annual Pacific Symposium P PAID Bolingbrook, IL PERMIT NO.932 The Science of Gua Sha By Arya Nielsen, PhD T 7445 Mission Valley Rd., Suite 105 San Diego, CA 92108 800-729-0941 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE acific Symposium has been an annual meeting of minds, uniting Eastern medical professionals from across the world since 1989. This world class conference brings acupuncture practitioners, massage therapists, students, and professors together to exchange industry information in a beautiful retreat setting at the Catamaran Resort and Spa in San Diego, California. Pacific Symposium has consistently delivered cutting edge speakers at the forefront of the integrative health community, and this year is no exception. Giovanni Maciocia, Lillian Bridges, Arnaud Versluys, Shoji Kobayashi, Jeffrey Yuen, and Matt Callison are some of the widely respected experts who will present seminars and lead interactive workshops covering a myriad of timely Oriental medicine topics. From fertility, facial reading and diagnosis, Qi Gong, and aging, to traditional Tui Na massage, there will be something for everyone. Pacific Symposium is proud to present Pete Egoscue as this year’s Keynote Speaker. Egoscue will discuss how he developed his unique therapy method that relieves chronic pain and encourages peak physical performance for the young, the old, the athlete, and the non-athlete. Egoscue’s method is based on the body’s functional design - or posture. Known as “The Posture Guy”, Egoscue is the author of six books and has been successfully helping people relieve themselves of chronic pain for over thirty years. We look forward to sharing another illuminating week with you at Pacific Symposium 2012! OM raditional East Asian medicine (TEAM) has come some distance to us: more than 2,000 years of history, a scholarly archive, and many ‘barefoot miles,’ to now be situated in professional clinics and labs of research globally. Gua sha is a modality used across Asia in the clinic and the home, and now in the West. Gua sha is a part of acupuncture therapy, but not limited by law to acupuncture practice. Research into the physiology of therapies like acupuncture and gua sha qualifies what the ancients ‘knew’. Science works to clarify both benefit and risk of our medicine. When I began practice 36 years ago, I was trained in East Asian medicine but had no training in research. There was zero access to research facilities through acupuncture schools. Many years later I consulted Helen Langevin, MD about my interest in researching the biomechanism of gua sha. She advised starting with basic science: what can be used to establish a measure of change that might inform what is actually observed? I mulled this over and looked for a doctoral program that would support my research interest. I matriculated to an academic PhD program, and through a chance meeting at my job at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, was invited by Dr. Gustav Dobos to conduct research on gua sha at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany. There we performed one of the first investigations on the physiology of gua sha: measuring changes in microperfusion of surface tissue [1]. From that first investigation have come other biomarker studies; we now have something to say about the science of gua sha. Gua sha increases surface microperfusion Gua sha produces transitory therapeutic petechiae that represent extravasation of blood in the subcutis. Using laser Doppler imaging, we scanned 11 ‘healthy’ (but stressed) subjects (doctors and nurses who worked at the Kliniken Essen) who had ‘normal’ myalgia pain and evidence of ‘sha’ based on palpation. We established a baseline scan for each subject before gua sha, and continued on page 28 INSIDE THIS ISSUE.... 3 Signs of Potential on the Face 4 Jue (厥): You May Never Look at Feet the Same Way 5 6 OM is Going Digital! 7 The Chinese Medical Canons’ View on Immune Response and Its Regulation 9 Manual Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine 10 Transforming Blocked Emotions Into Creative Motions 10 Carotid-Radial Pulse Ratio Method 13 Characteristics of Chinese Scalp Acupuncture 17 26 Symposium 29 Understanding Gluten Intolerance 32 Pacific College Faculty Member Helps Launch Wild Willow Farm 36 What’s New at Pacific College Thoughts on Shakuju Therapy (SJT) and the “I-Ching” A Discussion on Anatomically Significant Points of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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