The Shen Nong Society, a professional organization for East Asian Medicine practitioners, held its inaugural conference in NYC March 19, 2017. The focus of the conference was the future of East Asian Herbal Medicine in the US. Topics included classical medicine, growing East Asian herbs sustainably in the US, how herb usage has changed over time. best study practices, and apprenticing. Speakers include Sharon Weizenbaum, Z’ev Rosenberg, Jean Giblette, Eric Brand, Nigel Dawes and Frank Butler.
Sharon Weizenbaum has been practicing since she graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983. Sharon founded the White Pine Institute which is a Chinese medicine educational institute where she teaches and has invited many outstanding teachers from China and the US. Sharon studied gynecology with Dr. Qiu Xiaomei and ChengYufeng in Hang Zhou, PRC. Her interest in classic formulas brought her to China again to study with Dr. Huang Huang who has also come to White Pine Institute several times. Sharon is the instructor for the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program which is now in its 8th session. This is a very popular two-year program that teaches practitioners to clarify their diagnostic skills as well as the skillful application of classic formulas. She has also studied classic formulas with Dr. Feng Shi-Lun and Arnaud Versluys. She practices in her renovated barn in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jean Giblette, owner of High Falls Gardens, has been growing Chinese medicinal herbs in the mid-Hudson Valley region of New York since 1994. Working with an affiliated nonprofit organization, High Falls Foundation Inc., she has directed a program in Botanical Studies on behalf of the nation's 50 graduate schools of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and has organized and consulted with groups of farmers to develop domestic production of Chinese herbs. She is a contributing author of Mending the Web of Life: Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation, has written or coauthored numerous articles including papers in the last two New Crops volumes published by Purdue University.
A Chinese medicine practitioner from the United States, Eric Brand is a fluent Chinese speaker with extensive experience in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Eric is the author of A Clinician's Guide to the Use of Granule Extracts and the co-author of the text Concise Chinese Materia Medica, and he has translated and edited a variety of modern and classical texts, including the recently acclaimed Chinese Medicinal Identification: An Illustrated Approach. Eric has a particular passion for Chinese herbal processing, herbal authentication and quality discernment. He is currently completing his PhD in pharmacognosy at the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University, and he is the owner of the granule company Legendary Herbs. Eric serves as a Chinese medicine advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and is the current Chair of the U.S. delegation for the ISO TC 249 committee on international standards in traditional Chinese medicine.
Z'ev Rosenberg, L Ac., is recognized as one of the first generation of practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in America. Before opening his practice in acupuncture and herbal medicine in 1983, he was a shiatsu therapist and macrobiotic counselor since 1975 in Denver, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was one of the initiators of an acupuncture licensing law in Colorado, spearheading a drive as President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado from 1984 to 1988. As well as being a professor/chair emeritus at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where he taught for twenty-three years, he has lectured widely around the United States, and has written many articles published in all of the professional English-language journals of the Oriental Medical profession. Presently, he is California director of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, director of the Alembics Institute, an advisory board member at the University of California San Diego Integrative Health Center, and a senior researcher at the Xinglin Institute, a research organization in classical Chinese Medicine.
Nigel Dawes M.A., L.Ac. is an internationally renowned teacher and author who has been practicing East Asian Medicine for over 30 years. He is currently based in New York. Educational activities have included founding and directing his own Shiatsu school in London in the late 1980's, 8 years as Dean at an accredited school of Oriental Medicine in NY and various educational appointments within the profession at a national level. More recently he established the NYC Kampo Institute offering seminars and programs in Traditional Japanese Medicine at the post-graduate level, in particular his Kampo Internship program, an apprenticeship-style training in Sino-Japanese herbal Medicine. He is well-known nationally and internationally for his workshops on Fukushin - abdominal diagnosis and application in clinical practice - and he is currently working on a book on this subject.
Internationally renowned scholar, clinician, and educator, Dr. Frank Butler regularly mentors others in the profession on complex and difficult to treat cases, as well as lecturing all over the world on Chinese medicine orthopedics, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. An expert in Orthopedics/Trauma Medicine and difficult to treat cases, he has been in private practice in New York City since 1990. In addition to obtaining a Doctorate degree in Chinese Medicine in the US, he is one of the only modern-day physicians anywhere in the world that has been educated through a traditional apprenticeship — as a disciple of Ken Ark Fung Gong, disciple of Ou Young De Fei.