Ilaaom Continuing Education Presents: Facial Diagnosis for Chinese Medicine Practitioners

March 11, 2015

May 2-3, 2015, 13 CEUs
Presented by: Mary Kay Ryan, L.Ac
  “To treat disease, one must search for the basis.  Those who know well how to diagnose, they inspect the color and press the vessels.” [Huang di nei jing su wen]“Look at the patient’s color. Observe the eyes. Know how the qi disperses and returns.  Each has its own form.” “Examine the external resonances of the body in order to know the body’s inner viscera.  Thus you will know that which is diseased.” [Huang di nei jing ling shu]

After pulse examination, the Su Wen and Ling Shu spend more time on the diagnostic method of Observation than any other.  These books spend the least amount of time on Interrogation, yet this has become the primary way that most modern practitioners gather information.  In many ancient medical systems, a doctor was expected to be able to come to an initial diagnosis simply by looking at a patient.  If there are any “ancient Chinese secrets” about the practice of the medicine that we are all longing to know, facial diagnosis should be at the top of that list.
In this class, we will turn to the observation of the face, and look at a variety of ways that the Chinese and others have approached the gathering information from this focus.  This is material that is unavailable anywhere else, and the emphasis will be on clinical application.
We will learn:
  •  To differentiate among the kinds of facial assessment systems:  Physiognomic, Medical, Constitutional, and Emotional.  We will see how they work, what they emphasize, and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  • To understand the “Levels of the Face”, including structure, color, line, eyes, and energy.
  • How to look and see that which seemed invisible, and how to tune in to what the face is saying.
  • To really look at people to see all the physical and emotional information that is sitting right there on the face in front of you. After this class, people will never look the same again; a whole new world of communication will be opened up on every countenance.

The class will consist of both lecture materials, hundreds of visual aids and pictures of the faces, and games and exercises that will make the material accessible, real, and help the student to take what they have learned directly into their practice and their life.  The class is appropriate for practitioners of all levels, and could prove useful to any healthcare professional.
About the Instructor:  Mary Kay Ryan has been involved with the practice of Chinese medicine for over thirty years.  She has a degree in Medical Anthropology and a graduate degree in the History of Medicine.  She has been an instructor of Chinese medicine in the United States, England, and Ireland.  She was one of the two founding faculty of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, and was co-founder of one of the first programs in the United States to treat persons with AIDS with Chinese medicine and other natural and traditional remedies.  Mary Kay has co-founded clinics working with victims of domestic abuse, and clinics to aid returning war veterans in the Chicago area. She has written books and articles on Chinese medicine that have appeared in both the United States and Europe, and has been a frequent presenter at conferences nationally and internationally.  She is currently working on a textbook on Facial Diagnosis and lives part time in the United States and part time in Europe.

Dates/Times: May 2-3, 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E. Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601

Pricing:                       Early Bird*/Regular

ILaaom Members:              $225/$325
Non-Members:                   $350/$450
Student Members:             $125/$175
Student Non-Members:      $200/$250

*Early bird pricing expires April 25

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