Within TSTCM
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1. TSTCM participates 6 million government funded research project

The Minister of Research and Innovation announced a funding of over $6 million for New Technologies for Ginseng Agriculture and Product Development on Jan 29, 2008. The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM) is one of the participants in this research project led by Dr. Ed Lui at the University of Western Ontario.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ginseng has been used as a Qi tonic for thousands of years to promote health, prevent and treat disease. It has been proven to have significant benefits for mental, physical and sexual vital energy in many systems. With the government funding, research will be possible in developing new technologies and new products for Ginseng. From the perspective of health promotion , the results of research and innovation will not only enrich our knowledge of but also enhance the benefits of ginseng for our health.

The funding also marks the Ontario government's growing confidence in and support for natural health products and TCM. TSTCM is proud to be a part of and ready for this project.

2. Obtain the Acupuncture Diploma in 3 years part time

TSTCM plans to introduce a new class schedule for the Acupuncture Diploma program commencing this September. The schedule will consist of night time and weekend classes over a period of 3 years. This will be good news for those who would like to learn acupuncture in a systematic manner while maintaining their full time job at the same time. The preliminary schedule will be available shortly. Interested students are welcome to contact the school for details.

3. New classes start in May

The Spring Term will start on May 5, 2008. It will be a perfect time for people to start if they prefer to learn TCM and acupuncture at a relatively relaxing pace. The application deadline for Spring entry is quickly approaching on March 5, 2008. TSTCM accepts inquiries of all kinds by phone, email, and in personal. To help prospective students to gain better knowledge about TSTCM, the school is pleased to invite them to attend the monthly Open House or sit in on a class.

4. Student reflection

It has never been easy to both study and work full time; but this is what Alex Anabusi chose to do when he started his first term at TSTCM this winter. He is more than happy to share his experience with those who are interested.

A fruitful life - by Alex Anabusi

I want to start off by saying how excited I am to be here. I'm in the Doctor of TCM program here at TSTCM, having begun in January of this year. What makes my story unique is the circumstances surrounding my education. I don't know how many people who are attending the school full-time are also working full-time, but I haven't met any 'double full-timers' other than myself yet. I came here with full awareness that it was going to be a challenge to maintain my full-time job and attend the school in the intensive program, but as always I thought it a challenge worth taking. It has been a month and even though it's still very early, I have been coping very well. I have a very avid personal life at home, living on my own in Mississauga and commuting to and from work, as well as to and from school using both Mississauga Transit and the TTC in one given day. I would say the commute in itself is 3 hours a day, aside from work and school hours.

What I hope for people to truly gain from my situation is that anything is possible. I'm adjusting well and my marks are also good, considering the circumstances. I am very happy with myself, and I want everyone to try and think of me every time they find themselves stuck on an assignment, homework, cramming for a quiz or even an exam. I have managed to find a balance between all these hours, I have made study time and I hope to be very active with the school. My family, friends, work , and TSTCM have provided me with a great support network, which I find essential. Where there's a will, there's a way. I'm living proof of that message. I hope to see you all in class, and good luck!

TSTCM and Community
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TSTCM participated Women Health Matters Forum & Expo

The Women's Health Matters Forum & Expo (WHM), which was held on Jan. 18 & 19, 2008, allowed TSTCM a great opportunity to increase public awareness of womenĄŻs health issues using modalities from TCM. For details of the show, please visit the website here. Among many professionals who discussed critically important topics, Dr. Wu was invited to give a lecture on cardiovascular health in women. Her lecture was very well attended, and the TSTCM booth was swamped following Dr. Wu's lecture, as people gathered around eager to learn more about TCM and its various health benefits. Many took the time to experience a treatment or two from the students who volunteered their time and healing hands. A number of people who stopped by the booth have since scheduled appointments to get treatments from the school's teaching clinic. Aside from the patients, students who participated in the show also had very positive experience as well. Here are s ome comments from a couple of them:

"The Woman's Health show is a mosaic of knowledge which unravels the secrets of both Western and Eastern wisdom into treating the feminine body, mind and soul. To be part of an event which celebrates woman's health was an enriching intellectual, physical and spiritual experience as a woman, student and future Traditional Chinese medical doctor." - Lizbeth Ayoub

"I really enjoyed the Women's Health Show. It was interesting trying to explain TCM to people with no prior knowledge about the theories." - Katrina Quintos


TCM Research
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Acupuncture may help women conceive: study

A study led by Eric Manheimer, a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine was trying to find out the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment to help women conceive. A full article regarding this research result was published in Toronto Star on Feb 7, 2008 which can be viewed here.


TCM & Health
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How to treat your "ice cream headache"

Find your healing hands! Did you know that your hands are one of your most powerful tools for self-care and optimum health? They act like your energetic antennae, guiding your energy, and giving and receiving energy on a daily basis. Here is a tip to keep you and your hands healthy and happy through the last leg of winter:

Whether you have been indulging in ice cream or simply braving the wintery weather, try the following to alleviate a forehead headache - or a "yangming" headache, as we like to call it in TCM: Choose a hand (does not matter which) and spread the fingers wide apart. Feel with your fingers to find the small bulge of muscle located on the web between your thumb and index finger. At the most sensitive part, massage this area in smooth circles, while pinching it between your opposite index and thumb. Your headache should simply melt away!


What Comes Next?
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1. SGS free seminar led by Dr. Wu

Just to serve as a refreshment of your memory: Invited by SGS group, Dr. Mary Wu will give a lecture on how TCM can promote a healthier heart on Friday, Feb. 29th, 2008. Details of this 2-hour free seminar will be available on SGS website here.

2. Dr. Mary Wu is invited to speak in OAND Cardiology Conference in April

The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) invites Dr. Mary Wu to speak at the OAND Cardiology Conference, which is taking place on Apr 19 & 20, 2008 at Ryerson University in Toronto. Full details regarding the conference will be available on OAND's website late February.

3. Ms. Emily Cheung, Registrar of Transitional Council of OCTCMA , will visit TSTCM on March 5, 2008.



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Highlights of the issue:
  1. Finish Acupuncture Diploma Program in 3 years by part time
  2. New classes start in May
  3. Student reflection by Alex Anabusi
  4. TSTCM @ Women's Health Matter Forum & Expo
  5. Acupuncture may help women conceive
  6. Self-treatment for "Ice Cream Headaches"
  7. Dr. Mary Wu is invited to speak in OAND Cardiology Conference in April

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