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What's going on with "Dry Needling?" What is the state AcupunctureBoard? Who is this "National Policy Group" we've been seeing emails from? What is being done with Section 2706 of the Health Care law? See Dr. Miller's legislative update.
Justin Pomeroy gives us a richly detailed article and case study on "Contralateral Circuit Needling," a method used by Dr. Tan and in Master Tung's treatment style.
Sheri Moor is back with a summary of recent research. Lindy Camardella tells about the 10th World Conference last fall. Helen Strietelmeier offers an engaging reflection on her first four years in practice.
Thanks to all our authors, and a big thanks to Mavis Bates for pulling it all together.
Dear ILaaom members,
As we begin the new year of 2014, we are transitioning our Vice President position to Lamya Kamel. ILaaom is grateful and appreciative of all of Dr. Frank Yurasek's contributions and work for the association.
Dr. Yurasek will remain closely connected to ILaaom and he remains a valuable resource to our community.
Thank you for your continued support of the association and our board.
Please read Lamya’s bio:
Lamya Kamel, L.Ac, MSTOM graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) and opened a practice with her partner and fiancée Kate in Lincoln Park. Apart from being the co-owner of Inner Compass Acupuncture and Integrative Health she stays connected to the community by working as the Director of Student and Alumni Services at her alma mater. She is also the Director of Acupuncture for Aligned Modern Health where she hires and trains acupuncturists to work hand in hand with other practitioners in a true integrative environment.
She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PCOM in San Diego. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and particularly her nephews!
She has been a faithful member of ILaaom for the past 5 years, first as a student member and later as a Board Member. She is excited to continue to work towards building a larger and more cohesive community for acupuncturists in Illinois.
ILaaom is happy to announce our first CEU class of the new year!
Practical Moxibustion: A Class on the Direct Practice of Moxibustion will take place February 16, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine here in Chicago. For more information, see the Class Information and Details.
Practical moxibustion is taught by ILaoom's own Tom Hurrle, who has studied with Junji Mizutani and a variety of other Japanese teachers, and has used direct moxibustion in clinic since 1998. In this hands-on seminar, students will learn how to use direct moxibustion in the clinic safely and effectively. The class will build on diagnostic and palpatory techniques given in previous classes.
It's been a busy few months for ILaaom!
The board, committee members, and volunteers have been hard at work bringing you events that support our mission and celebrate the AOM community. To our members, friends and supporters who joined us, donated, spread the word, or offered encouragement, a sincere thank you!
If you're new to ILaaom or weren't able to attend the recent happenings, here are some highlights:
On September 7, ILaaom hosted the first annual Illinois Walks for Acupuncture walkathon in Grant Park. The event was both a fundraising and awareness-building success. Planning for next year's walkathon is already underway!
On the evening of September 29, ILaaom celebrated its annual Asian Moon Festival. More than 100 of our friends came together for a delicious meal at Lao You Ju, a raffle and a silent auction, and words of wisdom from keynote speaker Steve Bonzak. For those who weren't able to hear the speech, you can read it in its entirety here.
Earlier this month ILaaom brought renowned practitioner, author and teacher Debra Betts (all the way from New Zealand!) to Chicago for three days of seminars. Ms. Betts shared her wisdom and experience on the use of acupressure and acupuncture in pregnancy and postpartum. If this topic interests you, take a look at her Facebook page where she shares her favorite resources on obstetric acupuncture.
We are very excited about the great articles in this issue, including:
- Dr. David Miller on responding to critics of Chinese medicine
- Eric Brand, in a new piece, exploring the question of pesticide residues in herbs
- Jason Bussell, PhD on the Society for Acupuncture Research conference
- Amanda Kreiss on a comprehensive perspective and explanation of the myriad of benefits of raw herbs
Come celebrate ILaaom’s annual festival with your fellow practitioners and friends!
Our Asian Moon is at a new and exciting venue this year:
Lao You Ju Restaurant in China Town
2002 S Wentworth Ave
(parking lot across the street, special price for Asian Moon guests is $2)
Sunday, September 29th from 5:30-9pm
Enjoy a delicious meal along with taking part in our raffle and silent auction!
ILaaom will also be offering two $300 scholarship awards to students!
Professional Members & guests $60
Student Members & guests $30
Table for 10 $600
To register, please mail your check (payable to ILaaom) to
5315 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
or register online.
Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
Renowned Practitioner, Author and Educator
October 12 & 13, 2013
Learn effective and tested TCM strategies for prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum, including both common and uncommon difficulties. Ms. Betts is the renowned author of her book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth."
Acupuncturist and nurse-midwife, Judy Schlaeger, attended Debra’s last class—here is what she has to share about it:
“Many clinically useful obstetrical techniques were presented with clarity and passion by Ms. Betts. We are so fortunate to have such an original and creative thinker in our ranks.”
(Debra will also be teaching a separate acupressure class for doulas and midwives about using acupressure techniques for labor and delivery-please see below)
Acupressure in Pregnancy and Labor
October 11, 2013
In this hands on class, Ms. Betts will demonstrate how to use acupressure on specific acupoints that are beneficial during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. This class is intended for doulas and midwives. The discussion will include protocols for:
• pain during labor
• retained placenta
• induction protocol
• breast feeding/lactation support and much more.
To learn more about Debra, please visit her website here: http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/
Students can register for only the class on October 11th and/or the classes on October 11, 12, and 13. All of Ms. Bett’s classes will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Hotel.
Class is limited so please register early to reserve your seat!