Two San Francisco Acupuncture Students at ACTCM Awarded Sokenbicha Scholarship

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Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine students Karen Athey-Bradley and Zachary Bockman were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships from Sokenbicha, mostly based on their insightful essays about the importance of herbal remedies.

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Since no two bodies are alike, understanding how herbs work on each individual’s body can start to be achieved by getting the patient to keep a journal.

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is proud to announce that two of its model students, Karen Athey-Bradley and Zachary Bockman, have been recognized and rewarded with $1,000 scholarships by Sokenbicha, the Japanese maker of refreshing, authentically brewed tea blends and natural botanicals.

In addition to maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4, each candidate presented a letter of reference from a teacher and an original essay responding to the questions: “How important are herbal remedies to enhancing the quality of life for American patients?” and “What herbs and/or regimens would you recommend for the consumer who is just beginning to explore herbal remedies?”

Athey-Bradley’s essay begins with a tongue-in-cheek reference to a South Park episode where the “middle-class white way to cure SARS involved a combination of ‘Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Dayquil and Sprite,’” a notion she sees as not far removed from the “canned, boxed and carbonated” remedies that physicians often endorse in America today.

The essay calls for a reframing of our conception of medicine, which by its Eastern definition would include the foods we ingest on a daily basis. “This is excellent news for Americans,” she states. “A cost-effective and health-enhancing regimen can be as simple as indulging in a colorful spectrum of fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, yams, onions, and pungent spices like cardamom, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and anise.”

Athey-Bradley emphasizes that many countries in Asia these days integrate Eastern and Western medical approaches. “However, for numerous conditions herbal prescriptions are often considered the preferred treatment protocol,” says Athey-Bradley. “Customizing herbal formulas to address not just the symptoms but the root causes of each patient’s health condition is an essential tool of many California-based Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.), too.”

Bockman’s essay focuses on the American health care crisis being exacerbated by our bodies being under constant attack by toxins in the air we breathe, the products we use, the foods we eat, and the medications we take today. Toxins—like PVC and benzoic acid—were introduced into the environment and food systems well before the long-term effects on our bodies were known.

Concerned Americans, according to Bockman, are often realizing the benefits of natural herbal medications—like those used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine—without even knowing it. Herbs like ginger, green onion, garlic, cinnamon, rosemary, turmeric and cayenne pepper all promote good health and have medicinal properties.

“Since no two bodies are alike, understanding how herbs work on each individual’s body can start to be achieved by getting the patient to keep a journal,” says Bockman. “In the journal they should describe how eating specific foods and taking herbal medicines affect their bodies—like making them feel hot or cold, sedated or stimulated—in order to discover how those foods and herbs can be used to help them with medical conditions.”

Sokenbicha judges were obviously impressed reading the keen insights of these two students. The faculty and their student peers at ACTCM are very proud of these students’ accomplishments.

For more information about this topic or the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), call Alissa Cohan at (415) 355-1601 x 12.

About the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has been at the forefront of educating students in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Bay Area since its inception in 1980. Their two degree programs—the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)—provide an exceptional professional education.

ACTCM’s community clinics serve as a diverse and demanding training ground for their students, while providing affordable health care services to the community. ACTCM’s certificate programs in Tui Na and Shiatsu and its introductory classes for the public offer additional educational opportunities for current ACTCM students, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Bay Area acupuncture treatment, as taught by ACTCM, restores balance and health, and is used for everything from chronic pain to drug dependence. It is also effective for allergy relief, weight loss, pain management and as a fertility treatment.

During treatment practitioners insert sterile, disposable needles at acupuncture points along the meridians. Because of the thin and pliable needles used, most people feel little to no discomfort. Patients typically leave feeling energized or relaxed with a deep sense of well-being.

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