Regulating the menstrual cycle for women is the first task for any practitioner working with fertility and threatened or habitual miscarriage. In fact many other issues effecting women are accompanied by irregular bleeding patterns - problems such as immune disorders, digestive disorders, skin issues etc .
An irregular cycle can mean anything from heavy menses late menstruation to early scanty menses to mid-cycle spotting to amenorrhea. However, what all irregular cycles have in common is women either bleeding in a way she shouldn’t be or not bleeding in the way she should. In fact, many times irregular cycles include both bleeding when she shouldn’t and not bleeding when she should – for example late profuse bleeding or mid-cycle bleeding with scanty menstruation. It can get confusing – do we promote bleeding or stop it?
Using these foundational principles you will learn how to accurately diagnose the root causes of bleeding and not bleeding. Many of these root causes will be new for you and surprise you but without this understanding, many bleeding issues will be untreatable. You will then, not only learn the herbs and formulas for addressing the root cause, you will also learn to understand staging. There are two aspects to staging: the first is staging according the menstrual cycle and the second is staging according to stage the woman is in with the bleeding itself – is she about to bleed? Is she in the midst of bleeding? Just stopping? Has she been weakened by long-term bleeding? Is she bleeding heavily or perhaps lightly but continuously? When is Gui Pi Tang the right formula and when do you need to use carbonized herbs? What about mixed presentations with more than one root cause? Now that the bleeding has stopped, how do you prevent a relapse? There is no such thing as a simple stop bleeding formula and even if your formula address the root cause of the bleeding, it must also address the stage the woman is in.
In a very organized and systematic way, in this course Sharon will teach the basic principles that underlie all bleeding and not bleeding disorders. Without these foundational understandings treating irregular cycles – bleeding and not bleeding – can be very hit or miss. Participants will also receive handouts that will serve as a very accessible, well-organized clinical textbook for future reference. These handouts not only include diagnostic guidelines, staging information, individual herbs and formulas, they also include a wide variety of case studies to illustrate the principles Sharon is teaching.
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.