San Francisco Acupuncture School to Host Alternative Medicine Symposium Sunday, April 29

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Tired of pills and their side effects? Interested in natural remedies and alternative medicine? Then come to “Ancient Medicine for the 21st Century” at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) on Potrero Hill in San Francisco on Sunday, April 29, 2012. The student-led educational symposium is free to students and only $25 for non-students.

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The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francsico

For thousands of years, natural Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture have improved health, vitality and overall life expectancy. Next weekend, the Student Council of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine San Francisco (ACTCM) will host "Ancient Medicine for the 21st Century.” Traditional Chinese medicine students and the public are invited to come and learn more about these ancient medicines from the East.

Scheduled for April 29, 2012 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, the all-day, educational event’s list of distinguished speakers kicks off with a keynote address by early clinical psychology champion and acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioner Dr. Murray Korngold and breaks up into the following sessions:

Session 1 Options – 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

  •     Traditional Japanese Acupuncture: Its history and philosophy - Kei Kurotani
  •     The Future of Chinese Herbs - Peggy Schafer
  •     Sports Medicine Panel - Edith Chan, Johnson Chiu and Mark Takata

Session 2 Options - 1:30 - 2:45 pm

  •     The History of Chinese Medicine in America – Dr. Efrem Korngold
  •     Treating the Mind and the Spirit - Khosrow Khalighi
  •     Why Chinese Herbal Research? How You Can Participate - Dr. Misha Cohen

Session 3 Options - 3:00 - 4:15 pm

  •     5 Channel Systems of Acupuncture and their Anatomical Representations - Jennifer Jackson
  •     The Community Acupuncture Model and Movement - David Lesseps
  •     Paths Toward Integration: Naturopathic Medicine and TCM - Dr. Carl Hangee-Bauer

Complete session descriptions and presenter bios can be found at

In addition to these fantastic presentations, a qigong session, catered lunch, vendor fair and a closing social with tea tasting are also on the agenda. Complete details and registration information are available at

ACTCM teaches its students how to help patients restore internal balance and health. Traditional Chinese medicine can be used to effectively treat a wide range of illnesses and chronic pain, and increasing numbers of people are turning to acupuncture to treat insomnia, back pain and thoracic pain, neurological disorders, anxiety, fertility issues, allergy relief, weight loss, addiction and substance use. Acupuncture treatments and Chinese medicine are also effective for sports performance enhancement, immune support and general health maintenance.

About Dr. Murray Korngold
Dr. Murray Korngold has been a constant champion for both modern psychology and ancient medicines.
During the late ‘50s, Dr. Korngold was an activist for the legalization of clinical psychology.
During his psychology training, he studied with Bruno Kopfler, Carl Jung's associate, in Switzerland from 1949-1953 and character analysis with Helmut Kaiser, Wilhelm Reich's associate, in Los Angeles from 1956-1958.

Dr. Korngold shared a practice with R.D. Laing and collaborated with him at the psychotherapeutic community Kingsley Hall from 1964-1969. From this collaboration arose the 1967 World Congress on the Dialectics of Liberation in London.

A former ACTCM faculty member, Dr. Korngold received his California acupuncture license in 1976. A friend and mentor to many renowned psychotherapists and Chinese medicine practitioners, he continues to participate in research projects, teaches, and conducts workshops mostly involving existential psychotherapy, mysticism, transpersonal and psychedelic psychology, and new paradigms of healing.

About the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM)
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. The college offers two degree programs—the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Both programs provide exceptional professional education.

Those who receive treatment are informed that sterile, disposable needles will be used. Because the needles are thin, solid and pliable, most people feel little to no discomfort. Patients typically feel energized and relaxed, and are given a recommended course of treatment and self-care based on a specific TCM diagnosis.

For more information about “Ancient Medicine for the 21st Century” or the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), please call Alissa Cohan at (415) 355-1601 x 12.

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