Five Branches students lead by FBU faculty, Dr. Mariposa Bernstein, were there to offer acupuncture, ear seeds and tuina-massage treatments to the participants.
Senior Student, Ursula Ehrhart, said “The participants expressed their gratitude exclaiming that our mobile unit was the highlight of their weekend.” “This event was the first introduction of Chinese medicine and acupuncture to most attendees,” said Lisa Fortes-Schramm, ND. one of the soon to graduate FBU students.
At the same time, FBU students are not exposed to treating patients suffering from bleeding disorders such as hemophilia at the University teaching clinic. However, the thin acupuncture needles were proven to be highly effective in pain reduction with minimal side effects even when applied to hemophilic patients.
Anya May King-Gunning, a graduating student, commented that “treating patients in such a communal manner was a bonding experience for me and my fellow classmates, as we were primarily confined to online learning due to the pandemic.”
A Celebratory Gathering
“According to a 2021 World Health Organization report, acupuncture is the most widely used traditional medicine practice globally, and it’s gaining traction in the U.S. In 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began covering acupuncture for the first time for chronic low back pain.”
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Where: Five Branches University
When: September 17th, 2021 – All Day
A joint resolution passed in 1956 requested that the president proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 each year as Constitution Week. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia entered an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 to change the name of the September 17 holiday to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens.
Learn more about Constitution Day from the Center for Civic Education! http://www.civiced.
— A video captured in Summer 2016, when Dr. He talked to a group of our students in the Risk Management Seminar held in our San Jose campus, sharing his insights on the qualities and actions that make a good doctor.
Whether you are an acupuncturist or part of the general public, sign up here to enjoy this “Alumni Journeys” webinar for free!
Frank He has taught at Five Branches for decades, completed his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in 2012, and is a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) in the state of California (one of just a few actively practicing Acupuncturist-QMEs among over 10,000 acupuncturists).
His expertise has been sought for numerous local and national publications – particularly in the areas of sports medicine, stress management, and seniors’ health. You will get a chance to ask both Dr. He and alum Marc Velez, LAc QME, questions about what made them choose Chinese Medicine, challenges they face in hospital practice versus private practice, and tips for thriving as a professional.
Whether you are an intrigued novice or a seasoned professional, explore with us the basis for Chinese Medicine from its earliest history to present day, picking up helpful tips acupuncturists share along the way.
Simple Summer Soup
Happening This Month:
- TCM Webinar 2021: Herbal Medicine from Growing to Cooking (by Sr. Professor Bill Schoenbart): Sign Up Here
- Online Open House for Fall 2021 Enrollment: Chart Your Path to a New Normal (Featured: Clinical Training Program at Five Branches/ Prof. George Lu): Sign Up Here
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Spotlight on Our Graduates: Setareh Moafi
In 2003, Setareh Moafi transitioned from co-founder of Yoga of Los Altos to a trajectory of personal healing that led her to Five Branches University to study Traditional Chinese Medicine — a subject she knew nothing about. Her interest piqued originally when she began to explore the intersection between yoga and acupuncture.
While still a student at Five Branches University, Setareh began her PhD program in Classical Chinese Medicine with 88th generation Daoist Grandmaster Dr. Jeffrey Yuen. Through his classes Dr. Setareh connected with her now husband and partner, Salvador Cefalu, MS, LAc. Together they run an award-winning clinic in the heart of Silicon Valley that specializes in Classical Chinese Medicine and Japanese acupuncture.
Always guided by a desire to be a gentle, intuitive healer, Dr. Setareh is now happy to interweave her practices of Chinese medicine and yoga into an advanced yoga teacher training she developed in 2018. She also teaches clients in empowerment coaching sessions. Now more than ever, Dr. Setareh is inspired by her mission to combine the ancient practices of Chinese medicine and yoga into accessible, modern tools for self-healing.
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Spotlight on Our Graduates: Kieran Jones
“Most of the success I’ve enjoyed has been from being in the right place at the right time. When opportunities arose, I was lucky in that I was in a position that allowed me to take advantage of them. Most recently, when Covid-19 strained the sustainability of most clinics, we were lucky in that we could be flexible and act on opportunities that presented. We had in the past gotten a few patients through worker’s compensation referrals from local physicians. When all of our cash patients stayed home for a year we were able to pivot to develop this established referral stream. We kept the lights on by taking care of our essential workers injured on the job. It worked better than expected. In September we broke our previous income record.”
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Our Exclusive Webinars April 17 & 24
- What the source of most stress actually is
- Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs and points to treat Post-Covid19 symptoms
- Answers to your questions at our Q&A!
Watch the trailer: April Webinar: COVID-19 and Anxiety
Five Branches University, Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, joins together to support our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members against the recent waves of hate crimes, burglaries, assaults and insults towards the AAPI community.
Five Branches University builds on and is dedicated to the culture, knowledge and skills of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We have invited hundreds of Asian and Asian American faculty, have graduated hundreds of Asian and Asian American students and employ dozens of Asian American staff. We respect and owe deep gratitude to Asian culture and the AAPI community.
We write in response to the current global wave of prejudice, and in support of the communities dedicated to fighting against oppression, and for justice and equality for all. Five Branches University is committed to an inclusive University for all. Hateful speech or actions expressed against any group based on their race, ethnicity, gender or gender identification, or national origin have no place at Five Branches at any time. If a member of our community experiences discrimination, please seek assistance by contacting the University Dean.
Phone: (831) 476-9424 x207
Our practitioners are equipped with paramount levels of education for acupuncture, herbal formulation, Chinese dietary advice, and even marketing skills, so you can get started on your career path right away.
We encourage you to consider what type of practice you might want to have once you are an acupuncturist (and keep in mind our DTCM/DAOM/Bridge Doctoral programs offer added benefits since employers often prefer more initials after your name)! Visit Paths to TCM for more information on the many different transformations your career can take, and has already taken our alumni.
- General information about the program
- A graduate and a senior student testimonials
- Clinic operation in light of the COVID-19 regulations
- Small groups for Q & A
Chinese Medicine to Soothe COVID Anxiety
To put it mildly, 2020 has been a strange and challenging time for all of us here in the U.S. and around the world. One year ago scientists became aware of the first cases of the novel coronavirus, and the global infection rate led to so many months of isolation and permeating fear it is difficult to recall what life was like before. Remember you are not alone if you harbor a deep wariness from this pandemic. Hopefully your anxiety has decreased over time, while you have also stayed vigilant about prevention. … Continue reading
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Five Branches University has two campuses that lie about forty miles apart. The Santa Cruz Campus is located just a block from the ocean. It’s just a short walk to Twin Lakes State Beach. The San Jose Campus is in north San Jose, the largest city of the innovative Silicon Valley.
We allow students to take classes at both campuses. This gives you a lot of flexibility as far as timing. If you need to work, and the class that you need is taught at the other campus at a better time that is more convenient for you, you can do it. It’s just that you need to declare a home campus and then you have to take the majority of your classes in that home campus. But if occasionally you need to take the class at the other campus, then you can definitely do that.” … Continue reading
Dear Five Branches University Colleagues
In these uncertain times, our nation is faced with multiple crisis all at once. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, there has been a worldwide outpouring of remorse and rage at the perpetuation of anti-Black violence and discrimination from all corners of American society and institutions. Coupled with the challenge of the global pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted the Black community in the United States, we are shocked. Five Branches University fully supports the Black Lives Matter movement. We demand changes for equal rights and justice. We need fundamental change in culture to manifest this. … Continue reading
We now offer Phone and Video Appointments.
CHANGES TO OUR CLINICS
- If you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest hospital immediately.
- Existing appointments may be rescheduled to telephone or video appointments
- Both the private clinic and the teaching clinic are available with Telemedicine services.
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Lunchtime Student Forum:
Coronavirus: Traditional Chinese Medicine Prevention Against Infection
– Prepared for the TCM Students and Practitioners
Live Broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.
Time: 12:00pm noontime, March 2nd, 2020
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A Chinese Proverb says, “The superior doctor prevents sickness…”.
In face of the Coronavirus outbreak, what role can TCM play in prevention and treatment? What measures can be taken to reduce the chances of infection? Learn how to take better care of yourself and your patients.
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If you or your dependent is a veteran with an undergraduate degree, Five Branches University makes education accessible to you. Our DTCM/MTCM program offers Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) and Acupuncture degree, academic classes and clinical training included and the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, and Yellow Ribbon can be arranged to cover your tuition fees and other benefits.
To get started, please read our Veteran Education Policies. For specific questions, fill out our contact form and an Admission Adviser will contact you. We are glad to talk with you about the benefits eligibility, financial aid, and how to navigate the admissions process.
At Five Branches University, our top priority is to prepare our graduates to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our nationally accredited degree programs provide students with a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training, and comprehensive education in integrative medicine.
Nothing proves the point more sharply than a well-placed needle, a well thought out treatment strategy, and a quickly recovered patient.
“What was the most amazing thing that you have witnessed with acupuncture?” the person lying face down had just learned that I am a student of Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University and that I had practiced acupuncture in Johannesburg, South Africa, for almost twenty years. … Continue reading
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Introducing our new DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree Program: Through a single program, earn your Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM/MTCM) Dual-Degree and become a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. Students earn the Doctorate degree, and are given the Master’s degree that is required to sit for State and National licensing and certification exams.
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For the second installment of our FBU student, alumni & faculty profile series, we sat down with senior Five Branches student and Naturopathic doctor, Sarah Holloway, at Twin Lakes beach to learn what it takes to be an Integrative Medicine practitioner in 2016.
“I feel like Chinese medicine gives me a great way to treat patients with chronic and complex illnesses because it provides a strong and scaffolded structure in which to categorize symptoms. When patients come in with conditions where no immediate diagnosis can be given, or a definitive answer of what they have and how to treat the condition, you really have to back up, look at the tissue states, the nuances of the presenting disease, examine whether there is excess or deficiency, hot or cold and start from there. It’s best to begin with just balancing what you see out of balance today, because if you try to fix the whole thing at once it can be overwhelming.”
The popularity of cupping has recently exploded with the recent images of Olympians, most notably USA swimming star Michael Phelps, covered in several dark colored circles on their bodies. Besides looking like they were attacked by giant octopi, these elite Olympic athletes and their trainers provide anecdotal evidence that it aids in post workout recovery, rehabilitates injured muscles, and most importantly, gives them a competitive advantage by allowing them to be in optimal physical fitness. Let’s go a little deeper than the superficiality of these marks and testimonials and look at the history and context behind this ancient East Asian medical modality. … Continue reading
In this series, we meet with current students and alumni to get a deeper look into why they chose to study Chinese Medicine at Five Branches and dedicate their lives to being of service to those in need of high quality, holistic healthcare.
[Editor]] Hi Caroline, it’s great to meet with you today and learn a little bit more about you. Do you mind telling us a little bit about your background?
[Caroline] Hi, of course. My name is Caroline Wilkerson. I grew up Illinois. When I was 22, I joined the US Navy as a Crypto-linguistic analyst. I went to the Monterey Peninsula Defense Language Institute to learn Russian and then later Chinese. I moved to Hawaii to further learn Chinese language and culture with the Navy. While studying Chinese language and culture I fell in love with it. So many of my teachers were amazing. That was such a great experience. That was where I started digging deeper into Chinese Medicine and learning more. … Continue reading
The first U.S. hospital residency, numerous clinical externships, and two university health centers train Five Branches University students to be the best primary care doctors.
“In addition to the clinical training at the Five Branches University health centers, we provide offsite acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments to patients at the Mental Health Client Action Network, to individuals with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C at the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, to elderly patients at the Akiyama Wellness Center, as well as onsite veterans and community clinics. These exceptional clinical externships have prepared us Highland Acupuncture Residents with the skills and training necessary to deal with conditions ranging from colds & flus, pain, chronic illness and degenerative diseases to stress, insomnia, mental health and reproductive health disorders.”
Researches from the Center of Integrative Medicine, U.C. Irvine in collaboration with East Hospital in Shanghai, China, and the Southern CA University of Health Sciences recently published an article on the long term effects of weekly electro-acupuncture on mild to moderate hypertension.
Researches from the Center of Integrative Medicine, U.C. Irvine in collaboration with East Hospital in Shanghai, China, and the Southern CA University of Health Sciences recently published an article in the Medical Acupuncture Magazine on the effects of electro- acupuncture on reducing blood pressure among patients with hypertension.
Five Branches University is one of only three TCM universities in the U.S. that were awarded the opportunity to receive a scholarship for advanced clinical studies in Henan, China.
This Chinese government sponsored scholarship is offered through Henan TCM University. The University was founded in 1958 and is located in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province (north of Beijing). It is one of the earliest established TCM universities in China and is the base for international promotion of Chinese culture and TCM including the qualification test department and education base of World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies. … Continue reading
Groundbreaking and historical news for the Traditional Chinese Medicine community. For the first time in history, the Nobel Prize committee has granted an award to a Traditional Chinese Medicine researcher, Dr. Youyou Tu, for her work in Physiology and Medicine.
In response to failing Malaria treatments, Dr. Tu and her team from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing created an effective alternative treatment using the Chinese herb Artemisia annua (Qing Hao Su 青蒿素). You can read more about this exciting development by clicking on the link provided: https://theconversation.com/is-the-2015-nobel-prize-a-turning-point-for-traditional-chinese-medicine-48643
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On December 10, Five Branches University is honored to host the World Health Organization (WHO) at our San Jose campus for the field trials of the new ICD-11 codes which will include ™ Codes (Traditional Medicine).
ICD codes, the International Classifications of Diseases codes, is the international standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. The ICD is maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations System.
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Beginning January 14, 2016 Five Branches students will join LAc’s, MD’s and western medicine students in residency training in both the outpatient clinic and the inpatient wards in Highland Hospital, a leading community hospital in Oakland, California. This residency has been six years in the making and marks an important milestone for TCM students to receive hospital training. Students will receive orientations on hospital procedures and will have the opportunity to observe the treatment of hundreds of patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. We anticipate that this experience will open many doors for work after graduation.
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Starting in Spring 2016, students entering Five Branches University to become Licensed Acupuncturists and Herbalists will earn the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree. Students will also be granted the Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree in order to sit for the National and State Certification and Licensing exams.
With this development, the profession of Traditional Chinese Medicine joins other healthcare professions with an entry-level first professional doctorate degree — such as MD’s, DC’s, and ND’s.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine Foundation
It featured Nancy Burns, Rose Gardner-Stadler, and Dr. Florence Chen.
In this session you will learn how to apply and get financially ready for school. Featuring Nancy Burns, LAc who reviewed the application process and Rose Gardner-Stadler who gave a comprehensive guide of getting financially ready for school.
Also presenting for the webinar is Dr. Florence Chen, LAc, DAOM who presented an lecture on tongue diagnosis and an introduction of TCM facts beneficial to incoming students! … Continue reading
Based on a peer review among ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) accredited schools in the US, Five Branches University was ranked as the best acupuncture school in Northern California and the second best in the state of California.
The ranking is based on the following criteria:
- Quality of academic curriculum, faculty and comprehensiveness of the program. Consider the program’s components in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, herbal medicine and western medicine.
- Quality of clinical education, including quality of the faculty, clinic, the herbal pharmacy, clinical externships and clinical community service opportunities.
Janice has been teaching at Five Branches University since 1999. She received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University, and her B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Janice is the founder of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project, a non-profit organization that provides free information about the latest findings regarding the cause and treatment of Parkinson’s disease from the perspective of Asian medicine. … Continue reading
Volunteer service is a rewarding and profound experience which has shaped much of my life. I began volunteering at the age of 13 for the San Francisco Zoo and continued on for many years as a docent, giving school and public educational tours. Later in life, my love for travel and volunteering, led me to a rural village in northern Ghana, West Africa as part of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. I received a Master’s degree in Forestry, and later pursued a career in Utah working in Natural Resources management.
While living in Utah, I became a certified Qigong practitioner. My teachers were all acupuncturists and medical arts practitioners; they taught me that the basis of Qigong and Chinese medicine, is understanding Qi.
Thirty years ago, we embarked on an ambitious venture. We founded Five Branches University with a mission to set the standards for Traditional Chinese Medicine education and healthcare in the West. 1984 marked the beginning of an auspicious 60 year cycle on the Chinese calendar, and halfway through that cycle we could not be more proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. … Continue reading
The seed was planted early in his family’s herb shop in Taiwan. Young Po-Lin Shyu spent many weekends working there, observing the treatment of patients and the preparation of herbal formulas. … Continue reading
Five Branches University was one of more than 25 organizations offering complimentary services and samples at the 9th annual College of Botanical Healing Arts (COBHA) Wellness Fair in Downtown Santa Cruz, CA. More than 1,000 attendees flocked to the event to experience the health and wellness business offerings in the area.
Mary is a faculty member at the Santa Cruz Campus since 2007, practicing Five Element Acupuncture along with TCM. During her time here, Mary also founded the Veterans’ Clinical Externship, which provides complementary treatments to veterans.
“I got my law degree and was practicing law for several years. It seemed that I went straight from undergrad to Law school and then right into litigation…. In my first job, I was not even working for a month when I tried my first case… Two months later, the judge made a decision on my first case, but by that time, I had been in court so many times that I forgot what my first case was about”… She recalls.
On March 11, 2014, Ron Zaidman, President of Five Branches University, Heerei Park, Director of the Korean Program, and the Korean Student Council President Saul Tak met with Dongman Han, the Consul General of Korea,in San Francisco, California to discuss the Korean Traditional Medicine program and the Five Branches graduates currently serving the Korean community in the Bay Area.
The Consul General confirmed that there are a large number of Koreans now studying abroad. New scholarship opportunities for existing and potential students were discussed. … Continue reading
In August, Ron Zaidman, President of Five Branches University (photo: middle row, furthest to the left) joined leaders of the Traditional Chinese Medicine profession for a private meeting with the Consul General of China,Yuan Nansheng (photo: middle row, center), in San Francisco, California. … Continue reading