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The Land of Origin: PCOM Students Visit China to Study East Asian Medicine

One of our full-time PCOM San Diego students, Lisa Perry, is currently in China studying how Chinese medicine is practiced in its country of origin. Lisa is keeping a blog for the duration of her trip! We’re excited to follow her adventures exploring how this ancient medicine is used in modern day China.

Below is one of her blog entries—don’t miss this sneak peek into Chinese medicine practices in China:

First Week Lectures

April 15, 2015

by lisaperryacupuncture

First week lectures covered Pulse Diagnosis, Sports Injuries, Depression & Anxiety, Eczema, Urticaria and Pain Management. The lectures were 2 1/2 hours long and were a good review with additional knowledge from the experts in their fields. The lectures reminded me of PCOM DTD courses, but with the Professors treatment protocol and style. I was able to follow the lecture and didn’t feel lost or that the information presented to me was over my head…READ MORE!

Take a look at some of the pictures from Lisa’s trip so far…

A lecture classroom:

Students waiting for lecture to begin:

Lisa’s group waiting for the doctor to arrive:

Acupuncture:

And of course, The Great Wall of China:

Check out Lisa’s blog for more photos and news!

It’s the Friday Wrap Up!

Oriental medicine in the news this week:

Exciting News: PCOM SD Faculty Member Tracie Livermore Receives Teacher of the Year Award!

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Each year, The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) presents the “Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year” award. We are extremely proud to announce that the 2014 recipient is our very own PCOM SD faculty member, Tracie Livermore! Tracie received this honor because of her exceptional teaching abilities and commitment to high standards of education in massage therapy.

She has been on faculty at PCOM since 2002 and has also worked as a faculty member at Mueller College of Holistic Studies from 2005-2011. In addition to her contributions as an educator, Tracie has been in private massage practice since 1990, where she specializes in Thai Massage, Tui Na, Jin Shin, Deep Tissue massage and blends of all of the above. She is also certified in pre and perinatal massage. Tracie is a dedicated massage practitioner and has traveled to China and Thailand to enhance her skills and knowledge. She has also done extensive volunteer and pro-bono work with cancer patients. Tracie has a true passion for massage and considers it her life.

Tracie will receive her award during the AMTA National Convention, which will be held September 17-20 in Denver, Colorado.

Congratulations, Tracie! PCOM (and we’re sure many others) are proud of you!

A Buzzworthy Topic: Beeswax and Its Usefulness


At our PCOM San Diego campus, we host events called “pop!TALKS” which highlight trending topics. This month’s talk is called “The Buzz” and focuses on honeybees, saving the bees, and harvesting your own honey! In honor of our bee pop!TALK, we thought it would be fun to write about different uses for beeswax.

So, what can you use beeswax for? Take a look..

1.Beeswax can be used to loosen rusted nuts and bolts

When melted down, you can drip hot beeswax on nuts and bolts to make them easier to remove.

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2.Beeswax can be used to make candles

Beeswax candles are perfect for people who are sensitive to smoke and intense fragrances.

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3.Beeswax can be used to make windows and drawers slide easier

You can take the stub of a beeswax candle and rub it along the edges of drawers and tracks to avoid sticking.

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4. Beeswax can be used to condition and waterproof  boots, saddles, bags, or other leather products

To keep your leather goods up to par, rub beeswax into the leather with a dry cloth.

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5. Beeswax can be used to coat hand tools, shovels, or cast iron pieces to prevent rusting

The wax can serve to keep wooden handles in tip-top shape as well.

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6. Beeswax can be used to coat cheese

If you make your own cheese, hot beeswax is a great way to keep it from spoiling.

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7. Beeswax can be used to make crayons

Beeswax crayons tend to be harder, which allows for more details in pictures.

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8. Beeswax can be used for an envelope seal

You can apply beeswax to a letter that you are sending out (perfect for baby showers or invitations).

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 9. Beeswax can be used to grease cookie sheets

If you have a block of beeswax,  rub it over the surface of your baking sheets so that your cookies don’t stick!

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10. Beeswax can be used as furniture polish

You can combine beeswax with coconut oil to keep your furniture nice and clean.

Do you want to attend our April pop!TALK? Click here to learn what “The Buzz” is all about! 

It’s the Friday Wrap Up!

The herbs and spices used regularly in cooking are all a complex mix of organic compounds. This infographic highlights some of the main organic compounds found in each herb and spice that cause distinct flavors and aromas. Take a look and enjoy!

The herbs and spices used regularly in cooking are all a complex mix of organic compounds. This infographic highlights some of the main organic compounds found in each herb and spice that cause distinct flavors and aromas. Take a look and enjoy!