What is TCM…Really? 5/5 (41)

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I was talking with some friends recently and one of them said he read there are many different types of oriental medicine. He was confused as to the difference and wondered which method is the most effective.

So let me ask YOU – How many different types of Traditional Chinese Medicine are there?

Are you a TCM practitioner? Is your specialty Herbs, 5 Element, Meridian Balancing?

This conversation reminded me of Dr. Jake Fratkin and his story of how he combined various aspects of TCM to create an effective practice.

Many of you may already be familiar with Dr. Jake Fratkin, however, for those of you who aren’t, let me tell you a little about him.

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Jake Fratkin2Dr. Jake Paul Fratkin is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. He has been in practice for 33 years, and specializes in Japanese meridian balance acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  

He follows evidence-based Functional Medicine, with its emphasis on physiology, biochemistry, laboratory testing and the use of nutritional medicine. In all respects, he is a practitioner of natural and alternative medicine. He specializes in internal disorders, infections and pediatrics.

Because natural medicine promotes healing rather than control or suppression of symptoms, his success rate in general is 85% or higher. The internal disorders that he treats include respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, skin problems, allergies, fatigue and low immune function.

He also treats cancer patients for the side effects of medical therapy, and to enhance immune function and vitality.


  • Jake is the recipient of 1999 Acupuncturist Of The Year, AAAOM (American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
  • 2006 Teacher Of The Year, AATAOM (American Association for Teachers of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
  • Author, Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines: The Clinical Desk Reference


Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac. trained in Korean and Japanese acupuncture since 1975, and Chinese herbal medicine since 1982. He spent a year in Beijing hospitals specializing in internal disorders and pediatrics.

Dr. Fratkin is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, The Clinical Desk Reference, a compendium of 1250 Chinese herbal products available in the United States, and the editor-organizer of Wu and Fischer’s Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Paradigm Publications, 1997.

He is the originator and program director for the Chinese herbal medicine programs at Bastyr University, Seattle (1984-1986), and Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe (1986-1990).

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Now that you know a little about him I want to share with you an excerpt from his seminar. Click on the Video below to watch the 6-minute segment. It’ll be well worth your time.

In the video, he makes a number of BOLD statements regarding the nature of TCM.


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The Meridian diagnostic equipment he uses, recommends, and is demonstrating is the AcuGraph System.

His complete training program can be purchased for online streaming or we’ll send DVDs. By the way, you receive 12 CEUs with the completion of Dr. Fratkin’s course…which is awesome!

Here’s the link: Clinical Applications of Meridian Diagnostics

I’d like to know YOUR thoughts regarding his comments and what YOU specialize in.

Share your comments below.

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Alan Gifford, MS
Practice Coach
Miridia Technology

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Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach

For 20 years, Alan worked in the corporate world as a director of sales and marketing. He made a career change in 2003, returning to complete his Masters degree in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University. As a marketer and Exercise Physiologist, Alan spent the next four years working with Healthcare practitioners to increase patient volume, satisfaction and retention. He now works directly with clients of Miridia Technology to promote their practice and patient experience. In addition to English, he is fluent in Spanish and assists in developing our Latin-market presence.

So, what do you think about it?