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...

The Pulse and CCPD

Following on from my last post, The Pulse, I wish to delve slightly deeper into its subject. In my book, Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (Eastland Press, 2001), I present teaching that was passed on to me by Dr. John Shen, an innovative and venerable master of...

The Pulse

Georges Soulié de Morant, author of L’acuponcture chinoise, was a great advocate of the benefits and necessities of pulse diagnosis. His work led to the first successful European acculturation of acupuncture in the 1950s, and he believed knowledge of the pulses to be...

A Theory of Balance

Balance has often been considered a controversial subject in Chinese medicine. Like all human concepts, balance as a value may be used for good or evil. No doubt the Confucian ‘Doctrine of the Mean’ was utilized throughout Chinese history to suppress the excesses...