Podcast  Course

Errors and Adverse Reactions: Opportunities to Deepen Our Practice

Latent pathogens can sit there forever or they can cause trouble or they can go deeper. Chinese medicine can mobilize that latency.
(number of) NCCAOM PDA
Our patient's adverse reactions to acupuncture can trigger a kind of disorientation and fear. And this is when we have an opportunity to learn something that we didn’t previously know. 

It requires a certain amount of maturity on the part of the practitioner to hold steady in a moment of deep uncertainty. And degree of personal development on the part of both patient and practitioner to not let unforeseen reactions stop what might be an important turn in a patient’s healing process. 

In this course we consider adverse reactions to acupuncture, how to tell the difference between an uncomfortable healing process and an unskilled treatment, and how uncertainty is part of the game when practicing medicine.
Goals and Objectives
  • How to distinguish between an incorrect treatment and a healing crisis
  • Decoding what a patient means when they say "a little better"
  • Navigating the tension between spontaneity and rote knowledge
  • Considerations for working with lurking pathogens
  • How to turn difficult moments into opportunities to learn something new
Course Requirements
NCCAOM National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Professional Development Activity (PDA) points are awarded for active learning that is earned in an in-person or e-learning environment. 

Registrants must complete all modules in the course, including a mandatory worksheet, and pass the end of course assessment. Passing is 70%.
Meet Your instructor

Daniel Schulman, L.Ac

I graduated from acupuncture school in 1999. When first starting to practice I discovered something terrifying— Anything can be anything 
Most of my patients exhibited no less than 12 ‘patterns’ and often more
At any moment in the clinical encounter, there were 10,000 things happening and at my utmost level of awareness and presence, I could become aware of at most 30-40 of them
What do I hang my hat on? I could just needle Liver 3, Large Intestine 4, Spleen 6 on everyone. Surely there is more to this than that. 
I completed a full year of study and apprenticeship in the Kiiko Matsumoto/Nagano system. That gave me a solid palpatory basis on which to depend. In the ensuing 20 years, I have reinforced that palpation-focused system with Nei Jing studies, the works of Wang Ju Yi and many other influences.
Most recently in my clinic, a clear resonance between the six conformations and palpation findings has emerged – and I find it places me reliably and effectively well below the level of the ten thousand things, the symptoms, the veneer of things – at a level of complexity integration where I am finding acupuncture seems to really shine. 

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