ON-DEMAND COURSE • SHEN NONG Collection

Ritual, Dharma and Treatment Method

1.5 NCCAOM PDA
1.5  NCCAOM PDA
What is the relationship between belief and clinical practice? 

Belief, ritual, and connection with a sympathetic provider are all observed to favor treatment effects, but clinical research has few tools with which to explore or even define
these beliefs and behaviors.

Kevin Ergil, moderates this panel discussion with Volker Scheid, Sharon Weizenbaum, and Josh Paynter who will discuss their (widely divergent) clinical and philosophical perspectives on the ways that elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism emerge in practice.  
Goals and Objectives
  • Does East Asian Medicine’s’s roots in ritual and philosophy make its effect different from biomedicine, in quantity or in kind?
  • Does it matter what tradition the practitioner believes in or practices?
  • How might such belief manifest in the treatment provided?


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 The Panel

Kevin Ergil, MA, DACM, L.Ac

Kevin V. Ergil is Director of Health Sciences at Wells College. Dr. Ergil is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and an anthropologist. An acupuncturist (NY, CA) and herbalist since 1990. His current clinical and research interests include safety and efficacy issues related to single substance phytopharmacy, drug-herb interaction and toxicity issues in natural medicines, the assessment of clinical outcomes in complementary and alternative therapies, and the clinical management of chronic pain in the presence of multiple comorbidities. including PTSD and obesity.
He has served as Professor at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of NYCC, Director of the Graduate Program of Oriental Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Touro College and other institutions. Dr. Ergil has maintained private practices in San Francisco, New York, and Huntington and served as lead acupuncturist at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. He is presently Chair of the New York State Acupuncture Board.

Volker Scheid PhD, FRCHM, FBAcC

Prof. Scheid has a unique status in the field of Chinese medicine as an accomplished practitioner with almost forty years of clinical experience but also as one of the foremost academic scholars in the field of East Asian medicines. He has lectured internationally and is the main author of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies (2nd edition) and Handbook of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has published two influential monographs on the history of Chinese medicine in late imperial and contemporary China as well as over twenty papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from depression and menopause to changes in Chinese medical understanding of the body. He was the first western historian to have his work translated into Chinese and the first professor of East Asian medicines in the West at the University of Westminster, London.

Sharon Weizenbaum, L.

Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and has been practicing Chinese medicine for over 30 years. Her first gynecology teacher was Dr. Zhu Shu-rong from Shang Hai. In 1990 she traveled to Hang Zhou where she studied herbal gynecology with Dr. Qiu Xiao-mei as well as Chinese language. She continued her language study at Mt. Holyoke College and translates much of her own teaching materials. In 2007 she traveled back to China to study classic formulas with Dr. Huang Huang, who continues to be one of her teachers. She studied and apprenticed with Kiiko Matsumoto for 12 years and developed Integrative Mandala Acupuncture as a synthesis of her study with both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture teachers. Sharon is the director of White Pine Healing Arts clinic and educational facility. She teaches the Graduate Mentorship Program and Integrative Mandala Acupuncture nationally as well as shorter courses. Her articles have been published in The Lantern and in the North Amercan Journal of Oriental Medicine. She is known for her engaging, clinically relevant and clear teaching style.

Josh Paynter, L.Ac

Josh has been engaged in the study of Chinese culture for more than thirty years. He Is a Daoist priest in three lineages of Quanzhen Longmen, practices Chinese Medicine, produces calligraphy and landscape paintings, and translates Daoist scriptures. He is the co-Abbot of Parting Clouds Temple and Daoist Education. He teaches Daoist practice, doctrine, ritual, and the associated medico-religious practices of the various Daoist lineages of which he is a member. He has practiced Chinese medicine for more than twenty years and has served in various capacities in that community as well. He has been a professor, accreditation site visitor, and national board examination subject matter expert. He is now a guest lecturer in various DAOM programs around the US.

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