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Acupuncture, Massage, Newsletter - March 2008 | Issue 49

In this issue you will find: Important PCOM Dates

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PCOM Receives Maximum Accreditation from ACAOM

The San Diego Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has recently been re-accredited by ACAOM, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. ACAOM awarded PCOM with the maximum periods of five and seven years for its Doctorate and Master’s programs, respectfully. ACAOM awarded PCOM with the maximum periods of five and seven years for its Doctorate and Master’s programs, respectfully.

The ACAOM is the only accrediting agency that is currently recognized by the Department of Education and that is qualified to accredit schools of Oriental medicine. This recent accreditation is a great honor, and is testament to the commitment of PCOM’s Board of Education, the knowledge of its faculty, the competence of the administration and staff, and the amazing results achieved by its students and graduates.

There are 14 areas of examination, known as the Essential Requirements, that PCOM fulfilled in the process of this accreditation. Some of these include the excellent performance of admissions, programs of study, the faculty, the library and surrounding facilities, as well as legal governance records. Pacific College is one of less than five schools in the United States to be awarded the maximum accreditation by ACAOM.

Accreditation enables institutions like PCOM to be eligible for federal financial aid. One of the highest forms of peer review, accreditation recognizes the success and prestige of a campus, makes it more well-known to future applicants, as well as providing more benefits to those that already attend.


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Alternative Approaches to Prevention and Treatment of Kidney Stones

By Steve Goodman

Few, if any, conditions are as painful as a kidney stone. Passing a kidney stone has been likened to the pain experienced in childbirth. Kidney stones, also known as calculi, are hardened mineral deposits that form in the kidney. The purpose of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood and add them to the urine produced in the kidneys. When waste materials in the urine do not dissolve fully, tiny crystals form that can clump together and form kidney stones over time. The allopathic medical term for this condition is nephrolithiasis, or renal stone disease.1

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the disease belongs to the categories of "sha lin" (strangury form urolithiasis), "shi lin" (strangury caused by urinary calculus) and "xue lin" (strangury complicated by hematuria). 2

As with most TCM practices, oral administration of herbal extracts as well as acupuncture are recommended for the treatment of kidney stones. The therapeutic principal behind the TCM treatment of kidney stones is to promote the circulation of qi (a person’s energy, or life force), induce urination, relieve the strangury, and shrink or remove the stones.2 Chinese medicine practitioners suggest the administration of the following herbs boiled down in water: Lysimachia,  Pyrrosia leaf, Plantago seed (piece of cloth before it is decocted with other herbs ), Cluster mallow fruit, Oriental water plantain rhizome, Citron fruit, Vaccaria seed, Radish seed, and Rhubarb. 

Depending on the type of stones that have formed, acupuncture, electrotherapy, and ear needling at specific acupuncture points are also used by TCM practitioners to relieve kidney stones,

Good kidney function and preventing the formation of kidney stones is very much a function of diet. Proper hydration by drinking enough water throughout the day is one of the surest ways to prevent stone formation. Other dietary changes and supplements can help prevent, and or reduce, the occurrence of kidney stones. Poor magnesium intake has been linked to kidney stone formation. Magnesium supplementation in the form of 500 mg taken daily of magnesium citrate may decrease the size of an existing stone and prevent further formations. Lack of vitamin B-6 has been shown to increase urinary oxalates, which can lead to stone formation, so daily supplementation with 25mg of B-6 has also been recommended to prevent kidney stones. 3. For some types of stones it has been indicated that reducing your intake of meat, fish, and chicken is a good idea as these foods can stimulate the formation of calcium oxalate stones. Other items in the diet that may encourage calcium oxalate stone formation include beer, black pepper, berries, broccoli, chocolate, spinach, and tea. To prevent stones it has been recommended that you add foods to your diet that have a high ratio of magnesium to calcium such as brown rice, bananas, oats, barley, and soy, and that are high in fiber such as oat bran, psyllium seed husk, and flaxseed meal.



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Chi Nei Tsang Massaging negative energy out of your body

by Alex A. Kecskes
Called a holistic approach to health, Chi Nei Tsang, or CNT, is a touch-healing system developed by ancient Taoist Chinese monks to help detoxify, strengthen, and refine the bodies. Literally translated, Chi Nei Tsang means “working the energy of the internal organs” or “internal organs chi transformation.” This is accomplished by integrating the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your being.

In practice, CNT uses massage, acupressure, and guided breathing to expel negative energies and toxins from your internal organs, tissues, and bones. It also recycles these energies to enhance your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. CNT even uses meditation techniques involving an internal awareness of colors and sounds to help detoxify your body.

Believers in CNT have reported the reduction or elimination of chronic pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, sciatica, fibroids, and prostate problems. CNT has also been known to manage stress.

So how does it work? A typical CNT session usually begins with you lying relaxed on your back with your legs supported and stomach exposed. You would then relate your health concerns and history to your practitioner, and include any final questions you may have about the procedure. After you’ve established a deep breathing pattern, your practitioner would begin with gentle and precise hand movements to your abdomen while guiding you in proper, healthful breathing techniques. You’ll start to feel relaxed on a physical and emotional level. The massage will continue around the navel, expanding outward to all the other organs and tissues. Experienced practitioners can evaluate the area around the navel—through its look and feel—and detect any imbalances in your system. The sessions can include 40 to 50 minutes of hands-on time.

After a few sessions, your practitioner will learn to “sense” and “feel” the blockages in your body, along with their associated energy patterns. They’ll learn to sense your tension, and the hot or cold, dry or wet aspects of your body’s signals. The goal is to address unprocessed emotional charges and to soothe all you body’s systems. This includes the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, muscular-skeletal, and your acupuncture meridian system, or qi.

So what can you expect after a session or two of CNT? Some people are revitalized with energy and feel refreshed for the rest of the day. They claim to be more alive and able to sense things more clearly. Others are often tired the same day or the day after and sleep for hours after a session. And some even have strikingly vivid dreams the night after a CNT session.

Those interested can also check out the CNT official site at


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Chinese Wisdom: Quote of the Day

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still”

~ Lao Tzu