We all have some kind of call to follow medicine, otherwise we wouldn’t be in the trade. If you answer that call today, you’ve got a profession you can work yourself into.
But back in the late 70’s early 80’s, the profession was still finding its footing. And if you’re like the guest of this episode, Z’ev Rosenberg, having an established professional track was less of a concern than following a hunger he had for natural methods for restoring and maintaining health.
Listen into this conversation on rock music, synchronicity, the Yi Jing, and how a feisty attitude can take you a long way.
In This Conversation We Discuss:
- Renaissance of culture in the 60’s brought multiple influences into mainstream American culture
- Synchronicity, Pink Floyd, and the Yi Jing
- A troubled respiratory system and the motivation for finding and maintaining health
- Studying Macrobiotics and the admonition to study the Shang Han Lun
- Meeting MIchael Broffman and first exposure to acupuncture
- First steps in studying acupuncture, the paths that opened and those that did not
- The fight between Five Element and Eight Principle schools of thought
- Influence of the Kodadama Institute
- Living in a sentient and resonant universe
- Studying Maimontities and his approach to medicine
- Understanding Chinese Language as a Practitioner
The most important aspect of clinical practice is resonance. In other words, after vessel/pulse diagnosis, palpation, listening, observing and questioning, one's interaction with the patient has already been established, and the recommended herbal and dietary treatment, along with acupuncture/moxabustion will be just what the patient requires. Or as Ted Kaptchuk used to say, quoting Galen, “the medicine (thus) begins to work before entering the patient's mouth.”
Z'ev Rosenberg, L.Ac
Z'ev Rosenberg began his study of Chinese medicine in the early 1970s, with studies in macrobiotics and Shiatsu. He was introduced to the theory of Chinese medicine at that time by Michael Broffman, L. Ac. He received a degree from the Santa Fe School of Natural Medicine in herbology and massage in 1976, the Kushi Institute (macrobiotics and Shiatsu) in 1979, Southwest Acupuncture College in 1983, and the Emperor's College of Oriental Medicine (post-graduate master's degree in Oriental Medicine) in 1989. Z'ev has worked as a macrobiotic counselor and shiatsu practitioner throughout the 1970s, and has been in full-time practice in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1983.
Z'ev has lectured widely both to the public and to students of both Chinese medicine and macrobiotics over the last 42 years. He is the former president of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado (AAC), where he spearheaded a successful drive to register acupuncture practitioners in that state.
He also has written several articles for professional Chinese medical journals, including Oriental Medicine, Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, Journal of Oriental Medicine in America, Journal of Chinese Medicine, and most recently The Lantern Journal.