The Digestive System in TCM Tran Viet Dzung

In this two-day workshop, Tran will discuss the digestive system in detail and present treatment for a wide variety of commonly-encountered digestive disorders. The workshop will be divided into morning lecture and afternoon clinical demonstration on both days. The didactic portion of the session will begin with a discussion of the physiology of the digestive system from the perspective of TCM and allopathic medicine. The following topics will be covered: • A comparison of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system in allopathic medicine and TCM • Overview of the energetics of the Triple Heater • Physiology of the Middle Burner: the energetic system of the Stomach and Spleen • The importance of the digestive system in the production of Nutritive Qi, Defensive Qi, Blood, and postnatal Jing • The relationship of Nutritive and Defensive Qi and the facilitation of the circulation of these two energies for the maintenance of health and treatment of digestive disorders • The importance of diet and common dietary errors made by patients. Detailed discussion of acupuncture points and techniques, including threading techniques and techniques of moxibustion will be included. Tran will discuss the etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of commonly-encountered conditions of the digestive system, including gastritis, GERD, dyspepsia, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, lack of appetite, stomach ulcer, overweight and obesity, IBS, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, hepatitis and cholecystitis. This will continue on Tuesday. In the afternoon on both days, Dr. Tran will demonstrate diagnosis and treatment of clinical patients.