The COM Foundation and Dragon Rises College

The Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation acquired Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine (DRCOM) in 2014 as a significant part of its mission to preserve and disseminate the work of Dr. Leon Hammer, and to educate the next generation of acupuncturists. Located...

Why Pulse?

Dao gives birth to the One One gives birth to the Two Two gives birth to the Three Three gives birth to the ten-thousand things Dao De Jing Chapter 42  Patients coming in to our clinics often present with manifestations of the ten-thousand things. Years and often...

Pulse Classes in China

We at the Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation would like to share some wonderful news. Dr. Hammer’s Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis has been translated into Chinese by Dr. Wen-Huai Chang, and has been very well-received. With a preface by Dr....

The Ben and the Biao

Dr. Shen spoke of three levels of doctor, referencing the classical concept of the upper, mid, and low-level physicians. The first, and lowest, does not understand the disease or the cause, but treats only the symptoms, and the results are not very good. In Dr. Shen’s...

The Origins of Wind

For this update, I would like to share with you some of the history of thought on a natural phenomenon which affects us all, patient and practitioner alike. The following shows a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of thought, spiritual belief, medicine and...

Respect and Power

Of all the beliefs and values by which we must live our lives for universal benefit, respect is the most vital. By this, I mean both respect for others, and self-respect. I mean respect from the heart, as well as from the head. Especially in a therapeutic situation,...

The Search for Energy

How, in our modern age, does acupuncture fare in the Western world? What can we say about this movement of Oriental ideology into Occidental culture? One significant issue relates to the absence, in Western medicine, of a concept of energy comparable to that upon...

The Modern Challenge

As a significant part of its mission to preserve and disseminate the work of Dr. Leon Hammer, and to educate the next generation of acupuncturists, the Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation acquired Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine (DRCOM) in 2014....

Awareness

My experience in teaching, during which I have seen many students’ patients, is that we are only beginning to understand the implications of the pulse qualities and of their combinations. Each patient teaches me something new, and I have encouraged other practitioners...