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San Diego, California 92108-4414

Pacific Symposium Celebrates its Silver Anniversary

This October 24-27, 2013, Pacific Symposium is celebrating 25 years of Oriental medicine history! Pacific Symposium has been a treasured meeting of the minds and spirits of acupuncturists and other healthcare practitioners from around the world since 1989. This world-class conference brings acupuncturists, medical doctors, massage therapists, students, and professors together?to exchange state-of-the-art knowledge in a beautiful retreat setting at the Catamaran Resort and Spa in San Diego, California. This year’s Symposium line-up is guaranteed to inspire, with speakers at the forefront of the integrative health community, along with fun-filled festivities to celebrate this anniversary milestone.

Jeffrey Yuen, Ted Kaptchuck, Kiiko Matsumoto, Miki Shima, Giovanni Maciocia, Lillian Bridges, and Matt Callison are just a few of the experts who will present seminars and lead interactive workshops covering a myriad of Oriental medicine topics. A diverse array of topics includes: pregnancy acupuncture, facial reading and diagnosis, qi gong, traditional Thai massage and more!

Pacific Symposium is proud to present Ted Kaptchuk, author and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, as this year’s Keynote Speaker. Professor Kaptchuk will be discussing the latest clinical research on acupuncture, including controversial methods like “placebo acupuncture”. He will compare clinical and neurobiological findings on genuine and sham acupuncture, examining the East Asian perspective on placebo effects and medical ritual; and pondering how Nei Jing's idea of a "penetrating divine illumination" relates to placebo studies.

Jeffrey Yuen will be returning this year to speak on the popular topic of pregnancy and Chinese medicine. Jeffrey will be looking at the models of pregnancy gestation in Chinese medicine and discussing how to manage each month of pregnancy, as well as how to treat common gestational issues. Important key points will include: dietary guidelines and treatments for common symptoms and conditions during pregnancy, as well as exploration of the dynamics of shen in utero. To complement Jeffrey’s talk, Debra Betts will be teaching a workshop specifically on the use of acupuncture in cases of threatened miscarriages, as well as induction of labor.

A returning favorite, Symposium Speaker and Chinese Medicine Author Giovanni Maciocia will speak on multiple topics, including his revolutionary study of the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Giovanni will specifically look at Grave’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and asthma.

That’s a sneak peek of some of our speakers! Not only can attendees hear the rest in person, but also this year, participants will be able to view live-streaming workshops and lectures from their at-home computers. For registration questions, contact the Pacific Symposium Office at or call (619) 574-6909.

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