I have a massive library packed full of books on Chinese Medicine—many that I used in college, and many more that I picked up along the way—with a plan to someday study them in more detail. I’m sure that you can relate.
This summer I took the opportunity to force myself back into learning mode by signing up for a weekend seminar with Dr. Jake Fratkin. The subject was Meridian Balancing—using Japanese style acupuncture; and to my surprise one of the books on his suggested reading list was Meridian Therapy by Shudo Denmei. Since I had the book sitting on my shelf, I tucked it into my suitcase as I headed off to Colorado.
There was so much to learn at Dr. Fratkin’s seminar.
Jake is an expert in the field of Acupuncture and Herbology, and it was quite an honor to study with him. He has a thriving practice in Boulder, Colorado and is a renowned teacher of Chinese medicine and author of Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas, The Clinical Desk Reference. His 30 years of experience was exemplified in every aspect of his presentation.
I wanted to learn all that he had to teach; but the information that actually stuck in my mind at the end of the weekend is only the tip of the iceberg in comparison to what he presented. Although there is no way that I could come home after only three days of studying under his tutelage and call myself a master—I will say this: “Little did I know that one weekend of studying with Dr. Fratkin, would completely change my understanding of how Chinese Medicine works—and forever transform the way I practice acupuncture.”
I have seen miracles happen in my clinic since I returned from Dr. Fratkin’s training. Patients are sending me e-mails and thank-you letters on a regular basis—because they are so excited about their treatment results. Many patients who have been coming in for months and months with chronic conditions are now being released from care because their graphs are almost completely green and their symptoms have been alleviated. How would you like your patients’ graphs to start looking like this?
Nevertheless, I can honestly say that I am now getting graphs like these quite regularly.
I would like to share with you some of the things that I have learned. There are three gifts that I will be sending your way—each of which, I AM CONVINCED, will bring you better results as a practitioner. But before I send them, I want to share with you the most exciting part of the weekend:
Did you know that Dr. Jake Fratkin uses the AcuGraph when diagnosing and treating his patients?
Yes—he really does! He graphs every patient that comes in for treatment! I was amazed, and awed by his perspective on graphing—and his conviction and testimonial regarding the AcuGraph. Think about that for a little while, and I’ll be back to share what I learned. Watch for it in Part 2—Yin Leads, Yang Follows.
Have a great week!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.