Food for Thought
Last month, the Five Branches Santa Cruz Student Council organized several free lectures coupled with social gathering events for the students.
The Lunch & Learn with Mary Lyell, one of Five Branches’s beloved faculty members and clinical supervisor, as she spoke on the topic of the Five Elements and the Spirit of the Points. Over 18 students joined this lunchtime informal talk and were very excited to hear Mary as she described how to use the basic diagnostic tools of observation, listening, smelling, and palpation from the standpoint of the Five Element Acupuncture. Mary passed along a copy of the basic 4 Needles Technique, which is a simple TCM treatment protocol based on the 5 Elements Generating (Sheng) and Control (Ko) cycles.
“… it was a great way for us to engage with the material that we’re actually learning in other classes and integrate the knowledge. It’s also so good to have lunch together [talking] about TCM, and feeling connected to one another.” said Taylar Wilhelmsen, a 5th semester student.
Gabby Greiner, a 6th term added “…It was really nice to get a summary of such a broad topic that I have been really confused [about]… it was a really good use of my one hour lunch time!…”