Patients are often unable to receive the herbs we offer or to respond as we predict they should. Commonly this can be due to a block in the pivot of the Qi Mechanism. The basic ability for the Qi to move up and down as well as in and out has been impaired. Once this block has been removed, not only do our subsequent treatments work better, often many of the patients symptoms are alleviated as well. Common symptoms of this block are insomnia, asthma, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, menstral irregularity and pms. This block may be what is called Focal Distention, Shao Yang Pattern or a Membrane Source Pathogen.
Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and has been practicing Chinese medicine for over 30 years. Her first gynecology teacher was Dr. Zhu Shu-rong from Shang Hai. In 1990 she traveled to Hang Zhou where she studied herbal gynecology with Dr. Qiu Xiao-mei as well as Chinese language. She continued her language study at Mt. Holyoke College and translates much of her own teaching materials. In 2007 she traveled back to China to study classic formulas with Dr. Huang Huang, who continues to be one of her teachers. She studied and apprenticed with Kiiko Matsumoto for 12 years and developed Integrative Mandala Acupuncture as a synthesis of her study with both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture teachers. Sharon is the director of White Pine Healing Arts clinic and educational facility. She teaches the Graduate Mentorship Program and Integrative Mandala Acupuncture nationally as well as shorter courses. Her articles have been published in The Lantern and in the North Amercan Journal of Oriental Medicine. She is known for her engaging, clinically relevant and clear teaching style.