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USCCM Successfully Held a Seminar on Special Tuina and Acupuncture for Treating Emotional Disorders and Children’s Disorders with Renowned Professors 

The US Center for Chinese Medicine (USCCM) by Beijing University of Chinese Medicine held a seminar and a public lecture on special tuina and acupuncture for treating emotional disorders and children’s disorders on April 27th and 28th at its Rockville, Maryland, campus.  Renowned Professor Fu Guobing, director of the Department of Tuina and Physiotherapy, Dongfang Hospital of BUCM, and Dr. Richard C. Niemtzow, pioneer of medical acupuncture in the U.S. Armed Forces, gave special lectures to the gathered acupuncturists, medical doctor and students.


At the public health lecture on the afternoon of April 27th, Professor Fu systematically explained Tuina treatment for cervical spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis, frozen shoulder, pediatric disease, gynecological diseases, diabetes, emotional illness, etc. The lecture was vivid and interesting with specific training methods taught in detail, accompanied by an on-site demonstration. The audience listened very carefully, asked several valuable questions, and practiced actively. They all expressed their satisfaction with the lecture. Professor Fu and experts from USCCM also answered the questions raised by audience after the lecture. This lecture successfully promoted Chinese Medicine Culture and helped local people understand the application of TCM health care methods.

The seminar on special tuina and acupuncture for treating emotional disorders and children’s disorders was mainly taught to Chinese Medicine Doctors, acupuncturists, experts, scholars and medical students.

Professor Fu continued his humorous, vivid, and professional style in addressing the principle and operation of Vibro-Abdominal Massage. He revealed the TCM and western medicine mechanism, and taught the audience how to implement it, showing the deep TCM cultural richness behind Vibro-Abdominal Massage. In addition, Professor Fu gave an in-depth lecture on the application of tuina in emotional disorders, such as depression, menopause, insomnia, etc., and demonstrated the sleep exercises.

For pediatric diseases, such as epilepsy, ADHD, autism, indigestion, enuresis, etc., combined with the actual medical cases, he described the tuina method of such diseases, such as chiropractic therapy, vibration, and rubbing. Professor Fu taught the students to practice, and he hoped that they could integrate them into their practice.  D.C.’s Children’s National’s acupuncturist and doctors also came to participate in learning Vibro-Abdominal Massage. Simultaneous interpretation was performed by Xie Miaoyang, alumni of BUCM and MS student at Georgetown University. Dr. Ashley Xia and Dr. Hao Yaodong, experts from USCCM, also participated in the seminar.


The second lecture by Dr. Richard C. Niemtzow focused on battlefield acupuncture. Regarding his background, Dr. Richard C. Niemtzow is the father of battlefield acupuncture and an Air force colonel. He graduated from the Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Montpellier, France in 1976 and completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas, in 1980.

He also graduated from UCLA /Helms Medical Acupuncture Course in 1995. He has been practicing medicine for more than 40 years. Dr. Niemtzow is considered the father of medical acupuncture in the Armed Forces and the pioneer of acupuncture in the US.  He started the first fulltime acupuncture clinic in the Armed Forces that today is the Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center at Joint Base Andrews. His acupuncture techniques helped many veterans to relieve pain.

He worked as a colonel in the military for thirty years in acupuncture and retired from the US Air Force in 2010. He is now the US Air Force's Integrated Medicine Consultant and representative of NIH National Supplement and General Center Health Committee. Dr. Niemtzow is also the editor-in-chief of Journal of Medical Acupuncture and the former president of the U.S. Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Dr. Niemtzow described the history of acupuncture in the US military. He discovered good analgesia effect of acupuncture and then practiced its medical techniques in a military hospital in San Diego, He began to help refractory patients until the effect of acupuncture began to gradually be recognized in the military.  After that, clinical experiments and basic research were sponsored to verify the science and practicality of the analgesia effect of acupuncture. Dr. Niemtzow gave a detailed account of the five analgesia auricular points and procedures used in the military sphere. Because they are simple, effective and easy to operate, they are currently widely carried out in the military.









Professor Fu Guobing, Director of USCCM An Chao and Chief Physician of Dongfang Hospital Wang Fen also visited Children's National. They visited the Department of Neurology, Oncology, ICU, and Emergency Room.  . They shared with the experts from Children's National on the future cooperation of pediatric massage and external treatment of TCM, and they hoped to further cooperate on relieving pain, asthma, bacterial resistance, side effects after radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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