Using Food as Medicine – Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Using Food as Medicine – Traditional Chinese Acupuncture


Welcome, welcome to this month’s webinar
‘TCM foodie – An introductory course’. I’m Dr. Adrian Larsen. I’m pleased to welcome you
and pleased to have so many people joining us. And today we’ve got particularly good news because today you’re not gonna hear from me,
you’re gonna hear from Kimberly who is going to give us some great… –sorry about that had to turn my phone off,
gonna give us some great information. This is the good stuff. And by way of introduction, I just want to tell you a couple of quick things and
we’ll get over to Kimberly, and get going. But the background of this presentation
goes all the way back to AcuGraph 3. We’re going back a lot of years when we got the idea that we wanted to improve AcuGraph by including
Dietary Recommendations based on the graph. And so, when we built AcuGraph 4, we
included that and you know it was okay, it really wasn’t all that great. It
wasn’t all that complete and it could have been a lot better, I’ll be honest. And so, Kimberly got hold of that and she really lobbied, and she really
pushed and said, “Come on guys. If we’re gonna do diet let’s do it right.” And so she worked really, really hard for
a long time, read a lot of books, put together and cold a lot of information,
and she came up with so much information that from a computer programming perspective, it was daunting to put it all together.
Our head programmer Kimball had to actually build and write a custom program to capture all of this information that
Kimberly had and build it into a database because it was complex enough
that you couldn’t just do it by hand. So there’s a lot that went into this. The
best part is that Kimberly absolutely loved it because she’s a foodie. She loves great food. She’s
always talking about it. She’s a real bon vivant and so, with
all of that knowledge and all that wisdom she put together, we have a
totally cool not only webinar, but the new Dietary features in AcuGraph 5
are tremendous. If you’re not using them, I hope that you will be after today’s webinar.
So with that, we’re gonna turn it over to Kimberly. And Kimberly, welcome! I’m excited
about this, take it away. –Hello! Hello, I’m excited to be here today. This is actually a really fun webinar for
me. I have been in the works of creating details for this and even the next one
that’s coming after this for a very long time. If you know me, if anybody knows me on a personal basis,
they know that I love to cook. I love really good food. I love to use food as
medicine. So to me, TCM foodie is that’s sort of my little nickname in my
clinic. My patients will come in and ask me for my TCM foodie advice and so
this is gonna be really fun. Let’s see. I’m gonna change my screen here and get you over to my presentation. So as you can see, we’ve started out my
–our little tag name is TCM foodie and in today’s presentation we are going to –let me move on here. So, the reason that we’re doing this webinar, a lot of people are excited about dietary.
When I do the trade shows and I’m telling–showing people
about AcuGraph and they see the food portion. They get really, really
excited and they love the option of being able to give their patients dietary
recommendations and many of us as practitioners have been giving
dietary recommendations for years but we didn’t have a consolidated way to
customize it to the patient. And I remember I used to have many different
sheets of paper and many different thought processes in the way that I used
to give dietary information to my patient. And I kept coming back to AcuGraph,
coming back to our meetings, and going, “Guys, we can do this better. We
can take all of this information, we can put it in, we can create an awesome resource.
And AcuGraph has what it takes to do that.” So this webinar today is to explain
–to get you excited about giving food to patients, recommending food to your patients. And it’s going to–I’m going to give
you an overview. I’m going to give you some background information
and I just want… We have practitioners who are very TCM-based, we have some that are five element-based. We have some that are you know, we’ve deal with chiropractors who do acupuncture, naturopaths who do
acupuncture depending on your state, your country, and where you live. And not
everyone has had the foundation of learning about TCM food-based medicine.
So I’m gonna talk about that a little bit today, and kind of get you excited. So in this webinar, and these are the
things that we are going to cover. We’re gonna talk about a basic TCM diet and why a TCM diet is important. And I’m gonna teach you about the… the real foundation of a TCM diet, and
what where you begin when you’re teaching your patient. And then, we’re gonna talk about all–people, ask me all the time, “well, can you make this little change? And can you
make this little change?” I’m gonna give you the big overview of what it took to
create the database for TCM foods in AcuGraph 5. And then, we’re gonna go over
how it works. We’ll go through the program and show you how simple it is to
use. And then I’m going to show you some real-life applications of how
I use it in my clinic. –Hey, Kimberly.
–Yes? –One thing I wanted to ask you as you’re getting
rolling here because I’m looking at this overview, and this is tremendous. And I remember when
we were putting together AcuGraph 5, you had to kind of lobby long and hard
to get us to agree to let you do all this. How long did it take you to
convince us? Do you remember? –It took many, many, many planning,
staff meetings, and it took our will of Kimball. Kimball is our programmer, and everything that I present to Kimball.
He’d sometimes wears a hat that says, “NO” across his
forehead because I always tried to give him something that’s huge,
and big and hard, and this was one of those ones. And so, I got NO over, and over,
and over saying, “Kimberly, we just can’t do this right now. We can’t do this
right now.” And then, I finally got the YES. And how many meetings that took?
I have no idea. I’ve been… I’ve been here for seven years so that tells you. –How long did you spend putting
together this foodie information, you know, collecting it all, synthesizing
it creating this program? –I would say, I probably spent 6 to 8
months gathering and analyzing and reanalyzing, and putting it together
and coming up with a system within AcuGraph that was compatible to graphs and
everything else, so I would say 6 to 8 months. –Very cool. Sorry to interrupt,
I just wanted folks to realize that you know, this was kind of a major undertaking
and what they’re gonna see today is the synthesized work of months of you calling through and putting together. I’m
just so impressed with it. So, I will shut up and let you keep going. –Oh, you’re good, chime in anytime. All right, let’s see. So–and then real-life applications because
that’s what it’s all about, right? It’s not a good program unless you can
really use it in your clinic. So, a TCM diet, TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are going to talk about –you know, when you are treating your patients and
you do acupuncture on them, and you help them with their shoulder pain, you help them
with their anxiety, you help them with their headache, and then they go back into life,
and they go they go back into their world, and they wonder why their
problems come back, and acupuncture itself just isn’t enough. You have to add
dietary aspects into AcuGraph or into your treatment strategies in order
to get long-term results. So, if you are treating patients and you’re
trying to come up with a strategy to turn your patients
into wellness patients, dietary information has to be a huge part of it. I’m wondering, can you see? You’re not
seeing my screen, are you? Hold on, you’re seeing my face? –Yeah, we’re seeing your face right now. –Well, let me get to my screen. So… There we go, can you see my
mouse moving as well Adrian? –Yes, I do see your mouse. –Okay, so when you are treating
the channels on the body, every channel when you’re looking at pathways,
if you’re starting with the Lung channel first, the Lung starts in the chest, comes
down to the fingers, comes back up and then it you know, meets with the Large
Intestine, and then it meets with the Stomach and it comes down. And then
each channel is it does its course has to pass through this middle section, has to
course through the gut. And if you have a poor diet, you are hindering the flow of
energy through the gut. And that’s kind of what I like to teach my patients. When
I’m teaching about the flow of energy and how things need to work, I tell them
I can work with their acupuncture channels and easy-fix, put a few needles in,
and we fix the flow of energy. But long term, if they are going
to help me from their aspect from home, that they need to make dietary changes. So, the foundation of a TCM diet. Obviously, we work with all of the channels
in the body but the foundation really starts with the Spleen and this
is a little lesson I give to my patients. This lesson typically shows up… I don’t know, two or three visits in when I am teaching my patients about… about the Spleen and about their diet. I talked to them about Jing and I talked to them about
food Jing. By now, they know me a little better and they know that I’m working on
a scientific basis. But I go back to my TCM strategies, my TCM talk when I’m
talking to them about the diet. And I tell them that when they are born,
they get this bank account of energy and this bank account of energy is their
life-source energy and we call that Jing in Chinese medicine. And that life-source energy is theirs until… until they die. And… when they are eating good food, they
are… they are adding to that bank account of Jing and it’s food energy that –well I guess I feel like I want to look at you
and talk to you in my face. The food energy is related to refilling that bank account and if they don’t do good food–if
they don’t take care of good food then they are depleting their bank
account to overtime, and so that’s sort of my little analogy. And it’s easy
enough to understand and we’ll go back to food. So that’s my analogy that
eating good food is what keeps that bank account. If they want to live long, good
healthy life, they need to at some point in time recognize that food is an
important part of it. When we are talking about food the Spleen is the
key organ that has to do with producing new Chi. So if you keep the Spleen happy as far
as dietary needs, then as far as the foundation goes we’re going to… –missing my screen again. The Spleen is responsible for producing
new Chi. When we eat good food. It is also responsible for controlling the blood so if you… if
you think about all of the reasons to have good food in your diet and to
strengthen the Spleen, we strengthen the Spleen with acupuncture. But if you’re
adding the right food into your diet, Spleen controls the blood, so if you
think of the things that your patients come in for circulation problems, pain
problems, menstrual problems, you know, controlling the blood is a big deal so a
Spleen happy-diet helps with a lot of the major things related to blood.
It also controls the muscles and limbs. So think about other pain-related issues
that your patient comes in for. So the Spleen also raises Chi. Notice I didn’t
put a picture in this one, I’m really into my pictures and I think the guys
will be really happy that I didn’t add any pictures of hemorrhoids or rectal
prolapse but another list of reasons to strengthen the spleen here –I’m using the wrong buttons. And then this Spleen also controls thoughts
so concentration, creativity, memory, and if you… if you look at all of –if you just take all of those symptoms
alone and you come up with a big list on why it’s important to
strengthen the Spleen, that in itself is a huge list of many things that
acupuncture patients come in with. So if you can do one thing to help them from a dietary perspective, and that would be teach them how to… how to have a Spleen healthy
diet, that’s the foundation and that is what I…that is my first… my first stepping stone for the patients is teaching them a Spleen healthy diet. So, when I was in college I wrote… I wrote a paper about the Spleen Happy Meal. And really, in order to keep the Spleen happy, you have to avoid cold raw foods. Choose
foods that are easy to digest –just the basics for good eating. The good news
is that in AcuGraph, when you’re giving a patient a report regarding their
dietary needs, we give the basic information about a Spleen Happy Meal or
a diet that is will strengthen the Spleen. So these are the basics, these are
the main things that I teach my patient. –And this flies in the face of you know,
folks saying, “Oh, you need to eat a raw diet. There’s a lot of this raw stuff out
there.” And I know you’re aware of this but isn’t it interesting that eating a
lot of cold, and raw, and uncooked foods actually is a hindrance to good health
and to the spleen? I’m sure, you run up against that in your practice. –Exactly, and so patients will come in with all different
types of dietary you know? They’re following all of these multi-diets and I
don’t necessarily stop them from the diet that they are comfortable with
but if they are eating lots of vegetables, I try to just help them
recognize that too many raw vegetables and too much of juicing is–will throw
them off course. So I just teach them some basic things that they need to add
in. So really, it’s just a basic healthy diet, and in–and changing their paradigm
from eating lots of raw salads and raw vegetables to I teach them about you
know, I said, “Think of how the Chinese cook their food.” They’ve got basic. If you go for it, for a nice stir-fry, the vegetables are
slightly cooked and it makes it easier to digest. And so I’m teaching them about
easy digestion. So a Spleen happy-meal, that is the foundation right there is –it’s about easy digestion. So the
spleen doesn’t have to work so hard. And most people have some type
of a Spleen Qi Deficiency so as I teach them this as their foundation,
it gets them where they need to go. Once I’ve taught them about the
Spleen Happy Meal, then I get them started on that spleen diet, I can then
in time as they have other types of symptoms, I can then give them food as
medicine for certain conditions like Yin Deficiency, or Qi Deficiency, or Blood
Stagnation, or Yang deficiency so whatever their TCM pattern is, once they
have their basic foundation diet then I can… I can quickly adjust. But if they’ve got
the foundation, when they start, it’s easy to make the adjustments later. So AcuGraph 5 actually has everything that you need to be able
to teach your patients about basic dietary recommendations. And it also will give
you the information that you need for food as medicine. So I’m going next to get into –I’m going to get into how we created the database and this like we were talking about earlier, we spent months and months creating the
database and people will ask me where I gathered the foods and the information
on the foods. So here are some of the resources. These are the main
resources that I used for gathering food information. Many of you will be familiar with
these books. It’s fascinating reading. I love that I get paid to
study this stuff, and to research all of these books, and that is one of my
favorite parts of the job. Let’s see. So when I was gathering all the information,
I had spreadsheets and as Adrian told you, we created a database, and as we took
each of the different foods that we added into the system, we took into
consideration the temperatures of the food whether it was hot, warm, neutral,
cool, cold because obviously, if you’re going to clear heat, you need foods that
are cold. If you are going to deal with extreme cold in the body like a Yang
Deficiency, you need hot foods. We took in to consideration the route of the food.
We wanted to know which channels these foods affected and obviously, I’ve given you just
some basic examples here but we wanted to know if a food was very
specific for the Liver channel or if it was extra good for the Lung or the Kidney. We wanted to know what that food did. So after we knew its temperature and
which channel it affected, we wanted to know which foods were good for Blood
Deficiency, which were good for Food Stagnation, what was good for Yin Deficiency. And.. so you can see the conglomeration as we’re putting
all of this information together and once it was all done, then we were able to present
you with AcuGraph 5 for the food for –to being able to diagnose food as medicine. Do you remember the excitement and how many people were
asking for food information for years along the way? –Oh, yeah. There was a lot of call for it and frankly, there was call for improvements. People
wanted us to take what we had done in AcuGraph 4 and make it better so
that it would be more applicable to a TCM style practice. –So one of the struggles that we –one of the reasons that we went back
and forth as far as creating AcuGraph 5, the way we do food now is food diagnosis has a lot to do with
pattern Diagnostics. And so, when we created this you needed to
recognize TCM patterns in order to do a food diagnosis so this was a little
different than if the Lung channel is excess then give these foods. Or if the
Kidney channel is deficient do these foods. We needed to decide why the Lung
channel was excess. So when you go into AcuGraph 5, you have options to be
able to choose pattern-related symptoms for your dietary needs. I’m going to give
you an overview and kind of walk you through real quick how… how to work your way through… how to work your way through AcuGraph 5. So the first thing
that you need to do when you’re in AcuGraph 5 is simply click
on a graph. If any graph that you have opened, you can click on it and then once you’ve clicked on
it there you’ll find the food tab. You’ll click on the food tab next, and once the food… the food tab is open, you can click on any
channel you can click on it whether it is deficient, excess, or green, any channel
you can click on. So in this example, I’m having you click on the Spleen and
notice, when you click on the Spleen, it shows you all of different conditions
that could be related to the Spleen. You’ve got Spleen Damp, you’ve got Spleen Yang Deficiency, Qi Deficiency, and this
was all based on the information that we pulled from all of the different foods,
and the channels, and the patterns related to it. Let’s see. Then, once you click on a pattern–so before we clicked on the Spleen, and then we had
patterns available to you. Here we’ve clicked on Damp. For those who are not as familiar w
ith the types of symptoms related to Damp, once you click on Damp
you’ll see the screen to the right. It’ll show the type of symptoms that somebody
who has Spleen Damp would have and you can take a look at the symptoms and make
sure they match up for your patient, and then you’ll see in the screen to the far
right that the dietary recommendations come up. Let’s see. In those dietary recommendations,
you’ll see that earlier when I was telling you about general
recommendations for a Spleen Happy Meal, and how to eat for a spleen happy diet,
always at the beginning of whichever dietary recommendation report you will
have, the general dietary recommendations will show up and those are the general
rules if you will for a Spleen Happy Diet. So if the patient is following the
general rules and they have Spleen Damp, this grocery list will show the particular foods related to Spleen Damp. You can do multiple patterns within the
same dietary list. So here, I typed–I went over again and clicked on Kidney. And so,
this patient had Spleen Damp plus Kidney Yin Deficiency. So, notice the patterns
addressed in this list. You’ll see Kidney Yin Deficiency, Heat along with Spleen
Damp, and then the Dietary recommendations have been conglomerated altogether to show
foods for both of those patterns. So this talks about the effectiveness of your list. Again, I was telling you that if you’re
wanting to teach your patient about general Spleen Happy–a Spleen Happy Meal
than the general dietary recommendations that are listed at the top, will teach them how to eat to best supplement, the Spleen. So one thing to recognize the list
that we had just created, it was –there were two patterns address. So this
was Kidney Yin Deficiency Heat and Spleen Damp. Recognize that in this dietary list,
there are foods that are bold and green. So if these foods are bold and green,
they are… they regulate both lists. So asparagus is good for
Spleen Damp and it is also good for Kidney Yin Deficiency Heat. So, that’s an interesting thing to be able to give your patient if you’re giving the
multiple patterns, tell them that the things that are bold and green on their
list are the things that are most –foods that are most important to add to their
diet because they will affect both patterns. Then it’s very convenient for… for you to give this information to your patient. You just click –after you’ve done your dietary
recommendations come back to your graph and click print/email and then it’ll take you to this page. This page has my custom cover page
written over here but click on custom and then click on dietary
recommendations. And then you can then either email or print. If you’re going to
–if you click print, it’ll click. It’ll print a… a grocery list right in your office
that you can hand to the patient. And then the other is to send an email obviously. Finally, another–it’s just that the patients are impressed. This has been
the thing that I’ve been able to add into my clinic that patients just really
appreciate. They want food recommendations. They want you to tell
them what they can eat and it just adds an extra element to what you can add to
your patients. I’m going to pause here for a moment and see if we have questions before we move on to the real-life application. –While you’re looking at that, I’m curious how many of the people with us today are actually using some sort of food
recommendations or dietary recommendations as part of your typical
treatment of a patient? So just–if you’re doing something, give us a quick sentence
over in the comment window and tell us, “Yeah, I’m doing it.” Or, “No, I’m not. I’d like
to start,” whatever it is, just tell us your current situation with using food
in your clinic. –Yeah, I’m really curious to know how many people are actually
diagnosing food or have diagnosed food for a really long time, and then whether
or not you’re actually using AcuGraph to use those dietary recommendations. –Also, Kimberly you were looking for questions and it looks like Sara asked a
question. She said, “Will we receive a copy of your notes today?” –That’s a good question. I’ll have to find out from Cameron. I’m sure that we can create the PDF. –Okay. So, the slides essentially is what you’re thinking? –Yes, we could create that. So, Mary Jill says she always but it’s very
basic in general and that’s the beauty of it. Basic in general is the
first step you want to teach your patients a basic TCM diet. If you can
teach them the basic TCM diet, then when they come in and they have Food Stagnation after
a vacation, then you can give them foods that will help resolve
the Food stagnation and we’re going to get into that. I’m going to show
you how I utilize it. Let’s see. Bryan says, “Currently, not. Once in a while patients
ask and I look at it for them. I would like to use it regularly.” Yeah, another you know, when I’m using AcuGraph when a patient
first comes in, I don’t do dietary recommendations right in the beginning. I
actually–about three to four visits in, I’m able to recognize kind of who they
are constitutionally and by the time I have them where they’re a
wellness patient, I know if they’re a Yin Deficiency patient, or if they tend to
have Lung Qi deficiency, or if they tend to run towards Damp. So at that point in
time, I can give them a list a dietary list that’s very specific to their
particular needs. Let’s see. Christina wants to start using AcuGraph for this. And then Sara says, “I also use AcuGraph for this as the
treatment progresses.” Yeah, you don’t want to overwhelm your patient too much in
the beginning. There are multiple aspects and I’ll kind of show you how I’m
using it here in a second. All right. I’m going to jump back over to my screen and we’re going to talk about
real-life applications. So I’m going to give you a few examples
of here, of the types of situations where after you’ve taught your basic principles to your patient about a TCM diet, how you can then customize it and use it for specific situations. So let’s take this patient for
example, (whoops) this patient who comes in with hot flashes. When
you’ve got a patient who comes in with hot flashes and… –We need to in your screen, I think. –No screen. You missed my Wow picture as
I jumped on one second. Okay, hot flashes–you know, this patient, she comes in with hot flashes. If you can do acupuncture for her and you can get her on some Chinese herbs, and you can
give her a grocery list of foods that will help to solve her hot flashes, she
is going to be really happy and I’m going to show you how to do that in a moment. Next, you got the patient with the common cold. So this guy is super sick. He doesn’t
want to come into your clinic or you–maybe you don’t want him to come
into your clinic today. Or if you do, you don’t want him there for very long, you’re
gonna treat him very quickly, and you’re going to send a grocery list, and
you’re gonna give him a grocery list of how to get rid of that sore throat, that
Wind Heat, that nasal congestion, the Phlegm that he has going on. You can
create a custom grocery list for groceries that are very specific to him. And then you’ve got that patient with constipation, you can give them a… you can give them a specialty diet with that will help to clear heat out of the large
intestine or move Qi Stagnation, and we’ll talk about that in a moment. I hope
you’re liking my graphics here. Tell me yes if you’re liking my graphics because
I worked hard to find them. And then finally, irritability and there are–you
can actually have foods that will deal with irritability as well. And so, even if
your patient is complaining about… about their husband who’s irritable, and you
know a little bit about them, you can say, “You know what? I’m gonna send you home
with a grocery list that is going to help your husband.” So, let’s practice. Here comes the fun part. I am going to open up my AcuGraph. And so I graphed myself this morning. Here’s being real, I’ve got a little bit of excess Spleen. You can tell my Pericardium was high,
I was feeling a little bit stressed as I was preparing for the webinar this morning, a little bit of shoulder tension. Should we look at that? You can see
musculoskeletal, a little Bladder channel, can–yep. Can you tell I need a massage?
I have one booked for this weekend. So this was my graph this
morning and we’re gonna go to the patient file. And I brought over the images. This is kind of fun, recognize that you can drop images into your
AcuGraph. I dropped these images in. So, if you’ve got a patient who has hot
flashes–let’s take her first, hot flash patient. We can go to a graph, click on your –you can click on your graph and… Well first, let’s talk about why a patient might have hot flashes. I’m gonna go with the basic. We’re
gonna say that she probably is a Liver Kidney Yin Deficiency as she’s going through
menopause. So I’m going to click on a graph and I’m going to click on Kidney. Actually, I’m not gonna click on Kidney.
I’m gonna click on a graph then I’m gonna click on food, then I’m going to
click on Kidney. So, I’m going to click on a Kidney Yin Deficiency Heat. Now we have
dietary recommendations for Kidney Yin Deficiency. And since I know this patient probably
also has Liver Yin Deficiency, I am going to add that as well, and now we
have created a diet very specific for with TCM patterns. Did you recognize
that? If I go back to kidney for my Kidney Yin Deficiency Heat, we’ve
got night sweats, hot flashes, tinnitus, dizziness, red tongue, so we’ve
given the TCM indications here for it. And then we’ve also given the TCM indications for Liver Yin Deficiency and they’re listed here. So now we have
a dietary recommendation for this patient that covers both Liver and
Kidney Yin Deficiency. And as you go through the list, recognize the ones that
are green and bold. These will resolve both Liver and Kidney Yin
Deficiency and I can send my patient home with this grocery list so that not
only… so that not only is my patient getting acupuncture and taking herbs but
I am giving her food so that she can… she can be helping proactive from home
and this is really how you create wellness patients who want to be well for life.
They want–we want to give them all aspects so that they can… so that they can help themselves from home. Let’s see. We’re gonna move on to the next one. So let’s go back to the patient file. So
now, we have dietary recommendations for the… –We need to see your screen again. –Okay, thank you. All right, we’re good. Okay. So here we
have the dietary recommendations for the Kidney Liver Yin Deficiency. I’m gonna
delete that real quick from this report and I’m gonna delete it. And then let’s go with constipation. So again, I’m going to click on the last graph. I’m
gonna click on food and for this one, I understand from my own experience that… large intestine they could… they… this patient this would be a deficiency in
the large intestine. They definitely could have a Qi deficiency in the large
intestine which can cause constipation, hesitant stool, or loose stool, or we could–you can have excess heat in the large intestine which can cause
constipation. So if we’re going to give this patient dietary recommendations for
Large Intestine Excess Heat, then we have a diet very specific to them. And if
they also tend to have heat in the stomach, you can also add excess heat. So we’ve got two
patterns here, excess heat in the stomach and the large intestine
causing constipation. So notice again, we’ve got the greens which would be most
conducive for both patterns. We’ll do a couple more examples here, we’ll go back
to the patient file. Notice, because I’m doing it off of one file, I’m deleting my
food recommendations so that I can do something different. So the next two that
we’re gonna look at are common cold and irritability. If I go to my last graph and I go
to food, let’s look at common cold and we’ll go to lung, and if they’ve
got a Wind Heat attack, we’ve got very specific foods for their Wind Heat
attack for Lung Wind Heat and this would help with their sore throat, their
congestion, mucus, swollen tonsils, and runny nose. And so we’re giving a patient
an exact list for that patients really appreciate when they’re sick and you can
give them a grocery list. I’m gonna clear out that one and then what was my other ones that I wanted to do? Irritability. So again, let’s graph. I am going to go to
food and then this graph doesn’t show excess in the liver but oftentimes,
with the irritability, the the liver channel will be excess, and there can be
Liver Yang Rising. There can also be Liver Qi Stagnation. So here, we’ve got two
patterns addressed for irritability. So again–so you’ve got a grocery list
that’s very specific to your patient. I think what I like best about this is I can… I can go in and I can customize very specific to my patients and what their
conditions are, and give them a grocery list that’s very specific. And the fact, that you can add patterns in has been a huge addition. Before we were just
thinking of the channels and that wasn’t enough. We–you really needed to be able
to add the channels in in order to get a full diagnosis –about kidney. And if kidney is high,
how do you differentiate between Kidney Yin Deficiency and Kidney
Yang Deficiency? Is it just by symptoms or is there something else? –So in my experience, when the kidney is high, I tend to recognize that there’s heat and
so kidney–Kidney Yang or Kidney Yin Deficiency tends to run as high on the
graph. And Kidney Yang deficiency tends to be low. That’s just been my experience when
I’m comparing TCM patterns. We’ll see a low graph when they have
Kidney Yang Deficiency symptoms and a high graph when they have Kidney Yin Deficiency. Same with the lungs when there is excess phlegm in the lung, I’ll
see the the lung channel will be high. And if it’s–and a Yin Deficiency type of
cough, you might see high in… in the lung channel. But if it’s a Qi Deficiency or a Yang
Deficiency, then I tend to see low. Cold seems to slow things down, doesn’t
allow the graph to rise up as much. Even in the elderly–even the Chi
levels on the elderly when there’s a lot of Yang Deficiency, those numbers go
really, really low. All right. We get our questions answered? –Yeah, I’m not seeing any others
but this is the time if people have questions, just go ahead and
type them over there in the chat window and we’ll field that. Do you have more to
present Kimberly? Is this the Q&A portion of our presentation now? –This is the Q&A and then in
a moment, I’m gonna tell you what we’re gonna do on next month’s
webinar. –Excellent. Does anybody have questions? –I wonder if we’re getting questions
and not seeing them. –I think that perhaps it’s well
that could be the case. And I think folks are probably looking forward
to getting your presentation notes and then getting your your upcoming webinar
next month. Looks like Malcolm just posted one.
–Yep, I got one for Malcolm. So it says, “Vegetarians and vegans pose
the greatest challenge regarding supportive dietary recommendations. How
do you like to address this especially in the terms of protein intake?” –When it’s vegetarian and vegans, it’s definitely a dietary preference. I will
try to–I will still give them the list and I will ask them to choose their
highest protein vegetables on the list. I mean, there are definitely foods that
clear heat. There are definitely flu foods that clear phlegm as far
as for a general–start them off with a good strong, good TCM Spleen Happy
Diet. And then give them as much protein in that in general. Most of the time you don’t need
food as medicine. If people don’t have extreme symptoms, a Spleen
Happy Diet is all they need. And I will mention here that when I am you know, if I don’t have
a particular pattern that I’m resolving in the way of you know, Kidney
Yin Deficiency or Spleen Damp, And I am just guiding someone to general
recommendations, I will click on Spleen. Okay, so I’ll go to last graph, I will go to food, I will click on Spleen and you know Qi deficiency tends to be that we
want to strengthen the Spleen. So if you’re going to give someone a general
diet that is going to be the best for them on a general everyday basis, I might
give them a Spleen Qi Deficiency with damp and these are good foods to
have in your diet on a regular basis. And that would be a starting point,
explain Qi deficiency would be my first choice. And just because as
Americans we tend to eat too damp anyway so I will give them
their general dietary recommendations and then focus on Qi efficiency and Damp.
And then I use food as medicine after… after that if they come in with cold, if
they tend towards the Yin deficiency, if they have phlegm, whatever else they have
going on. Did I get all of my questions? Let’s see. “You don’t have fat in the recommendations.
Good fat like avocados etc., how is this added?” I think that… there is one sentence in the dietary recommendations portion that says
substances such as sugar, salt, oil and fat should be minimal so that’s kind of
my basic, that’s as basic as I keep it. It might be good to create a… maybe a handout. You could create definitely your own handout of how you
want to explain a general TCM diet to your patient–you know lots of
practitioners have different, a little bit different philosophies on how they
want their patients to eat. So if you will give them your basic analysis on a
general printout, that can be a good starting point. So if you have certain
foods you like to recommend on a general daily die, that might be a good starting
point. Mary Jill says, “So in general, the green
bold foods are best to recommend.” The green bold is when there are two patterns. So
the whole list is good but if it’s green and bold it means it was
on both lists so it’s twice as good. All right. I am going to… I am going to jump in and tell you about our next webinar and… because it is already in the works, and
if you are a TCM foodie, and you –if you will spend this month just
getting to know your AcuGraph, get it doing basic recommendations,
there is–you can have a lot of fun taking AcuGraph 5 to the next level.
And what I have realized is that you can take some of these basic dietary
recommendations and you can… you can create special menus and recipes for
somebody who has Kidney Yin Deficiency or somebody who has Kidney Yang
Deficiency, or Liver Qi Stagnation. And so in our in our next webinar, we’re
going to talk about recipes common conditions. I’m gonna give you some ideas
on some emails that you can send out how to… how to take what you have in your
AcuGraph 5 and possibly bring in new patients or patients who haven’t
been in a long time where you can use the food portion of your AcuGraph
to regenerate and build excitement. –Very cool, Kimberly. That sounds great. It’s been very informative today particularly, I think it’s been valuable.
Hope it’s been valuable for people who have AcuGraph but weren’t quite
sure how to use the food recommendations, how to integrate them with the graph, and
with the other things that they’re doing in treating the patient and giving
recommendations, and giving a take-home report. So thank you for taking the time
to put all this together but more importantly, thank you for putting
together the dietary stuff because that is incredibly complex challenging in my
opinion. And you did a great job, so excellent! I hope that everybody got a
lot out of it today. Any last words for us Kimberly? –You know, I hope that you recognize
that you’ve got some tools in your AcuGraph that set you apart
from other practitioners. Your average person isn’t gonna go to any acupuncturist
and have the resources that you have available to you and
being able to give specialized dietary recommendations specific to your patient
at a click of a finger is huge and very valuable to your practice and it
just sets you apart from the other practitioners out there.
So I hope that you take foundation of what you learned in this
webinar, and you get excited about it, and you start utilizing it. And then I’m
excited to see where you take it, and teach me what you’re using, and how
you’re gonna take it to new levels because there are great
opportunities out there. Send me an email this month with your experience. I’d love to
hear about it and I can share it next month in our next webinar. –I love that you said, by the way, it’s a one-click and that really is true that you can
just click and have a printout, have a grocery list for the patient,
that’s tremendous. And –what an efficient way to do that in your
practice and as we’ll find out next month, what a great marketing tool. So
we’re all looking forward to that. Oh Bill asked a quick question. He said,
“As an aside, do you have AcuGraph brochure for patients?” We sure do, Bill.
Contact us or hit our website. We do have AcuGraph
brochures that you can take a look at. All right, that’s it. Thank you everybody
and thank you all the attendees. Thank you Kimberly. Until next month, I hope everybody has a great rest of your June, a great summer, and great success in using food to help your patients. Bye everybody. –Bye-bye.

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