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ICCM 2021

Five TCM experts share their unique strategies for treating insomnia.

Healthy Seminars is offering two theme days online for the International Community of Chinese Medicine in Israel (ICCM) 2021 conference.

We are excited and grateful to have five seasoned experts in Chinese medicine share their knowledge and clinical experience in treating insomnia and another five experts to share their knowledge in treating shoulder & neck pain, rotator cuff issues, and frozen shoulder.


Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood.

If your patients are not getting sufficient deep sleep then their mental, emotional and physical health will suffer. Many patients come to your clinic with insomnia as their chief complaint and it is obvious for you to address it. A majority of your patients have poor sleep, as it is an epidemic, but it is not their main reason for seeking you out but improving their sleep will be necessary in their prognosis and recovery.

You need to be able to treat sleep issues if your patients are going to be able to experience vitality. Enjoy these 5 TCM experts as they share their approach for treating insomnia using the following methods:


Part 1: Lorie Eve Dechar

A Five Spirits Approach to Treating Insomnia and Anxiety (Lorie Eve Dechar, M.Ac, L.Ac.)


We will approach the treatment of these common signs of shen disturbance through the lens of wushen, the Five Spirits of Chinese medicine. We will pay particular attention to the shen and the hun; however, the interaction of spirit and blood in the Heart and Liver will also be addressed. Specific spirit points and protocols will be offered along with meditations, breathing techniques, essential oils and flower essences that can enhance the effect of treatment with needles.


Part 2: Yvonne R. Farrell

The Yang of Sleep: Using the Yang Qiao to Treat Insomnia (Yvonne R. Farrell, DAOM, LAc.)


This course will explore the functions of Yang qi, especially Wei qi, in healthy sleep. Sleep is dependent on a healthy heart and the appropriate state of Yin. If we practice good sleep hygiene and address our lifestyle choices many sleep problems will resolve. However, some sleep problems are very serious and life-long. To address these types of insomnia we may need to rectify the nature of wei qi before we can fully access Yin.


Part 3: Sharon Weizenbaum

Treatment of Insomnia with Classical Formulas (Sharon Weizenbaum, Lic. Ac., Dipl. OM)


Each insomnia case I have treated in my clinic is different and hence, the formulas are as varied as the presentations.  Therefore, it would be impossible to teach a comprehensive course on the treatment of insomnia with classical formulas even if I had three whole days to do it!  However, there are some principles, and formulas related to those principles, that are key to working with this common and often recalcitrant issue.  This class will cover some of these key principles, giving the students some very effective tools with which to approach their patients. 


Part 4: Hamid D. Montakab

Insomnia and the Modern World: Diagnosis and Acupuncture strategies (Hamid D. Montakab MD, LAc)


Sleep disturbances, in particular insomnia, have been steadily increasing in numbers, affecting almost 40% of the population and disturbingly a large proportion of children. The epidemiology of insomnia is directly related to the degree of industrialization and urbanization, hence the modern lifestyle. This lecture will examine the impact of modern lifestyle on the energetics of various Zang-fu organic systems as well as on the internal synchronizers, the Extraordinary vessels.


Part 5: Jonathan Shubs

Treating Insomnia with UAT: Using Saam 4 Needles and I Ching Patterns to treat sleeping disorders (Jonathan Shubs)


Taking the most used patterns from the Unified Acupuncture Theory approach to treat sleeping disorders.  2 patterns from the Saam approach and 2 from the I Ching Ba Gua balance approach. 

Goals and Outlines
Part 1: Treating Insomnia with UAT: Using Saam 4 Needles and I Ching Patterns to treat sleeping disorders

  • Understand the meridian clock and the transition from daytime to night time
  • Be able to apply 2 Saam patterns for sleep problems
  • Be able to apply 2 I Ching Ba Gua patterns for sleep patterns
  • Understand how to differentiate between the 4 patterns of the course

Part 2: Insomnia and the Modern World Diagnosis and Acupuncture strategies

  • Understand the Western physiology of sleep
  • Understand the Health consequences of insomnia
  • Understand the Chinese energetics of sleep
  • Learn the primary acupuncture points for insomnia

Part 3: The Yang of Sleep: Using the Yang Qiao to Treat Insomnia

  • Participants will review good sleep hygiene to reduce external stimuli.
  • Participants will learn the pathway points and functions of the Yang Qiao.
  • Participants will explore treatment strategies for the Yang Qiao & insomnia.
  • Participants will learn points that open the Pericardium loop to free emotional constraint and allows the Wei qi to internalize at night.

Part 4: Treatment of Insomnia with Classical Formulas

  • To learn the basic single mechanism for insomnia
  • To differentiate the single mechanism into Yang vs Yin insomnia
  • To differentiate most common types of insomnia in both Yang and Yin categories
  • To differentiate insomnia from other related issues

To grasp key principles and the herbal formulas that go with those principles
Part 5: A Five Spirits Approach to Treating Insomnia and Anxiety

  • Understand of insomnia and anxiety through the lens of wushen
  • Deepen their understanding of the role of the blood as the yin matrix of the soul and spirit and the treatment of deficient blood from a Five Spirits perspective
  • Understand the Heart monarch’s role in regulating sleep and dreams as described in classical texts
  • Learn specific points as well as adjunct treatments to treat these conditions
  • Learn sleep meditation and breathing practices to support their patients in developing better sleep patterns
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Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.  Her focus is on empowerment of students and patients so that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.  

Yvonne is the author of two books: Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and her latest, Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity published by Singing Dragon.  She has also written several articles for Medicinal Roots Magazine. She teaches continuing education courses in the US and internationally.


Learn more about Yvonne Farrell’s upcoming 8 month Mentorship (36 CEUs)

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.

Lorie Eve Dechar's intuitive work as an alchemical healer, mentor, and teacher is supported by a strong foundation of theoretical understanding and clinical experience, including over thirty years of Chinese medical practice, twelve years as a senior faculty member at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City as well as years of teaching at institutes and retreat centers throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. Lorie is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing, Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the Changing Seasons, and The Alchemy of Inner Work: A Guide for Turning Illness & Suffering Into True Health & Well-Being. She holds a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD, 1985. Lorie has trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy is a certified Focusing-oriented psychotherapist and has become recognized as a modern interpreter of classical Taoist practice.

Hamid D. Montakab graduated from the Medical School of Paris.

He did his residency in Surgery and completed a 3-year education in Acupuncture and further clinical training in China, followed by 2 years of exploring local healing in the Philippines and India.

He practiced for 5 years in America, obtaining the NCCA certification, and a degree in Chinese Herbalism. He founded the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts in Switzerland in 1986.

Hamid was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation to conduct a research study on Acupuncture and Insomnia. In 1995 he was the co-founder and president of the Swiss Professional Organization for TCM (SPO-TCM).

He has written several acupuncture text books and his latest book, ACUPUNCTURE FOR TREATING THE HIDDEN ROOTS OF DISEASE: The Mind and the Emotions in Chinese Medicine, co-authored with Solange Montakab-Pont was published in April 2020.

Currently, he practices in Savièse and lectures in Winterthur-Switzerland and in other European countries.


My acupuncture adventure starts when I was 12 years old. Having seen my parents undergo three hip operations, 2 cancer treatments, and being diagnosed as diabetic in a period of three years I was confronted at this early age with the need to find a better way to help people live a healthy and full life. The symptomatic treatments that my parents underwent brought me to the realisation that a holistic approach to health would be more beneficial. At the same time being confronted with ones parents being in ill health also leads to questioning of ones understanding of the world around us. A philosophical undertaking of understanding started at the age of fourteen and took me on a journey that eventually led to ancient Chinese philosophy.

Against this backdrop of searching for meaningful ways to help people live a healthy balanced life and coupled with an attraction to ancient Chinese thought, the acupuncture world became the obvious career path.

Having the opportunity to study under Daniel Deriaz at the start of my academic career introduced me to the various types of acupuncture that existed and opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities. Upon completion of my formal acupuncture training I went on a quest to learn and acquire as many different styles and techniques that I could. This ranged from Worsley style 5 element, to Manaka Japanese style acupuncture, to Master Tung acupuncture, to Korean Sa’am 4 needle technic, and finally to Dr. Teh-Fu Tan and his balance method. It was with Dr. Tan that I was able to find a common thread between these different styles and allowed me to combine them into practical clinical treatments.

Parallel to my acupuncture career I develop a teaching career first as an English language trainer and then as head of the academic department of a language school. Having over 15 years of teaching experience in various fields (language, teaching tools, teaching approaches, etc.) has allowed me to create a teaching style that motivates and engages participants to acquire the information being taught in a very natural way.

I currently reside in Lausanne, Switzerland where I have my own private practice and am the trainer for professional development courses at the Academie des Arts-Therapeutic in Geneva where I teach acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as clinic management and patient-therapist relationships.

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