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Learn how to view Zang Fu diagnosis through the lens of the channels, and combine them using distal and local points, to effectively treat these conditions. This course is designed to help a practitioner understand the concept of the Channels within TCM, and understand the differences, and similarities of traditional TCM Zang Fu diagnostics, in comparison to a more Channel based approach.
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Dr. Allan Fradsham holds a degree as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. He graduated in 2006 and has been working full time as a TCM practitioner ever since. Dr. Fradsham runs a full general practice treating most disorders but has a special interest in physical injury and pain disorders and stroke recovery. Dr. Fradsham has been teaching since 2009, and was one of the primary instructors at the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ottawa Ontario until he moved to Alberta. He is currently instructing at the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has supervised acupuncture treatments at the Calgary Drop In Centre for the homeless in Calgary. He is the principal investigator in a current study on the use of acupuncture in stroke recovery. Dr. Fradsham mainly uses distal needling techniques below the elbow and knee, which allow him to treat painful areas and test range of motion during the treatment. Dr. Fradsham is in the process of starting a clinic in Nicaragua where he plans to offer community acupuncture to local people in need of treatment. He will use the solace as a teaching centre for practitioners to come and train with him, while they stay on his organic farm and enjoy all the fun Nicaragua has to offer as well. When not in the clinic, Dr. Fradsham spends his time with his family and dog pursuing his many outdoor hobbies.
If you have studied the Balance Method and Tung styles of acupuncture but have trouble incorporating them into your practice for internal conditions, or if you feel frustrated and limited by Zang Fu diagnosis originally being a herbal over channel diagnostic method, then this is the course for you!
This course is designed to help a practitioner understand the concept of the Channels within TCM, and understand the differences, and similarities of traditional TCM Zang Fu diagnostics in comparison to a more Channel based approach. It reviews the concepts of the channels and the natures of the six divisions (Tai Yang, Shao Yang, Yang Ming, Tai Yin, Shao Yin, and Jue Yin). It reviews all of the relationships between these channels, detailing how, and why you might utilize them in treatment.
We will explore what each of the 7 relationships between the channels are and why they are important. Moreover, we will look at how we can combine these relationships to create an effective treatment plan for our patients.
We will discuss what aspects influence acupoints in their mechanism of action. We will look at why we might choose specific points and how to combine them for effective results. This will allow the practitioner to use traditional TCM points in new ways, and understand the mechanism of action of Tung points or any other point they are introduced to.
Examination of all of the classic Zang Fu conditions and how to view them within the lens of the channel relationships will help the student create their own treatment protocols within the clinic that are fluid, effective and adaptable to many scenarios.
Section I | Introduction
2. Course Outline
3. Course guidebook
Section II | The first step: the Six Divisions and their nature
4. Review the Six Divisions by name
Section III | Nature of the Channles: what are their functions?
5. Tai Yin
6. Shao Yin
7. Jue Yin
8. Tai Yang
9. Shao Yang
10. Yang Ming
Section IV | Channel relationships
11. Channel relationships
12. Same name pairs
13. Zang Fu Bei Tang: branching and connecting
14. Interior/Exterior Pairs
15. Clock opposite
16. Clock neighbour
18. Interior/Exterior same name partner
19. How to use this in clinic: easy ways to remember the 7 relationships
Section V | Imaging of the body on the Channels
Section VI | Creating a treatment: what makes it effective?
22. Balancing & framework for treatment
23. Treatment examples: neck and abdominal pain
24. Fluidity of points
Section VII | Internal diseases vs. structural disorders
25. Comparing Internal disease to structural disorder
Section VIII | Zang Fu disharmonies
26. Heart patterns
27. Lung patterns
28. Liver patterns
29. Kidney patterns
30. Spleen patterns
Section IX | Neurological disorders
31. Targeting your treatment & neurological conditions overview
33. Imaging for your treatments
34. Neurological condition points
35. Demo patient #1: Digestive dysfunction: Susan
36. Demo patient #2: Back, leg & wrist pain: Jeremy
37. Course summary
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“Very high quality, easy to understand, and simplified and summarized nicely. I’ve recently started studying Balance Method and Tung styles of acupuncture but have been having trouble incorporating them into my practice for internal issues. I’ve also long been frustrated by Zang Fu and how to treat that properly with acupuncture when Zang Fu is an herbal diagnosis not a channel diagnosis. This was the exact course to bring that all together!”
Chris - Lethbridge, AB, Canada
“Dr. Fradsham is by far the most influential teacher I’ve ever had. His words of wisdom are always in my daily practice. Dr. Fradsham is forever learning and sharing his experiences—aiming to elevate the profession of Chinese medicine. He’s inspiring, he’s infectious, he’s supportive—most of all he’s meant to teach.”
Amanda Butler, DTCM R.Ac - Calgary, AB, Canada
“Dr. Allan has the ability to meet people where they are—I especially appreciate his ability to explain complex Chinese medical terms or concepts in a way that makes it more accessible to my Western-grown mind. Dr. Allan is not only a great Chinese medicine practitioner, he is also a great human and you would be lucky to have the chance to study with him.”
Bethany - Calgary, AB, Canada
“Dr. Allan Fradsham is an excellent instructor. His instruction is interactive, engaging, and thought-provoking. He utilizes different analogies to assist in making sense of difficult topics and frames them in a way that is understandable by both Western and Eastern minds.”
Eryn Forsyth, DTCM RAc - Calgary, AB, Canada