2017: About the Conference

Our 2017 Focus: Consciousness, Self-Discovery and Everyday Health

When you think of consciousness, you probably associate it with the mind; when you think of self-discovery perhaps you think of Spirit and purpose.  And, of course, when you think of everyday health, you think of the body and its many functions. Each is dependent on the other for higher processing. This year, we turn our sites to self-discovery and how the integrity of an individual’s body, mind and spirit can lead to genuine health.

Today, modern science tells us everything is energy; it also tells us that, at the deepest level of reality, in the energy field, everything is connected. Separation is an illusion. At Building Bridges for TCM, we are committed to helping healthcare professionals recognize that we can no longer ignore this astonishing fact: we are all energy beings!

Traditional Chinese medicine—a by-product of a spiritual practice—has also been based on a profound, multidimensional understanding of energy or Qi for thousands of years. Simply put, without Qi there is no life. Qi is the intelligent Universal force of wisdom, consciousness and purpose. We too have consciousness and purpose! Spirit is involved in each action. In the truest sense, this wisdom has everything to do with everyday health. If so, then how do we apply Oneness and consciousness to enrich our lives and that of our patients?

What Building Bridges Offers.

Building Bridges for TCM offers a revolutionary energetic framework for bringing the whole person into balance and harmony. Built on the understanding of how TCM principles and theories reflect similar ones of quantum physics, it opens an expansive vista for understanding well-being.

Our gathering offers an experience that emanates from harmony and Oneness. Each presenter is eager to take you on this journey. Our sessions are thoughtfully integrated to help practitioners discover how to gain optimum health and enhance daily life—for their patients and, importantly, for themselves.

Our goal is to offer practitioners the tools to develop a framework for understanding body-mind-spirit integration for the purposes of self-discovery and healing.

Many of our presenters are longtime faculty and friends. Though the topics are diverse our versatile presenters bring an underlying coherency to the sessions that support the fundamental framework of authentic TCM. Each year, their knowledge and wisdom birth a unique collaboration designed to bring you the highest insights. Faculty members remain engaged throughout Building Bridges for TCM–ready to spark insightful dialogues–formal and informal.

Who Can Benefit from Building Bridges for TCM?

  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Educators
  • Health-seekers
  • Herbalists
  • Life Coaches
  • Massage Therapists
  • Naturopaths
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Osteopaths
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers
  • Students
  • TCM Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Nutritionists

How is Building Bridges for TCM Different?

The uniquely developed agenda purposely weaves focused workshops, Qigong practices, evening dialogues with presenters and colleagues and healing sessions of Lifeforce: Tao of Medical Qigong to support the conference theme; Consciousness, Self-Discovery and Everyday Health. The energized morphic field of Building Bridges for TCM draws our participants back year after year for the tools to change lives and help transform others.

Goals and Objectives

Our Mission

Building Bridges for TCM seeks to continue to offer innovative, effective ways to expand health options and improve outcomes in the U.S. We aim to do this by educating CAM and integrative healthcare and medical practitioners in classical Chinese medicine’s Five Element framework on the role of consciousness, belief systems, emotions and organ function in creating and maintaining optimum health. We seek to offer participants wisdom, knowledge, information and techniques to develop personal protocols of physical movement, self-cultivation and self-care. This path allows them to experience the interrelationship between body–mind–spirit, to model health and orchestrate a healing environment for patients. We seek to present the authentic ancient philosophical principles and theories underlying traditional Chinese medicine and create an understanding of this holistic medical system that emerged several thousand years ago from a powerful spiritual practice.

Our ultimate mission is to broaden the contemporary understanding of health and wellness by introducing TCM’s innate concepts of self-empowerment, responsibility, self-care and prevention into the current paradigm of healing and recovery.

Conference Goals

  • Develop a deep understanding of the theoretical, philosophical and spiritual framework within which the classical medical system of TCM operates.
  • Offer today’s healthcare practitioners insight into TCM principles, theories, techniques and case studies, as well their correlation with principles of modern science.
  • Raise awareness and increase integration of TCM in the U.S. by defining and explicating its body–mind–spirit approach.
  • Introduce protocols of prevention, self-care and self-cultivation for ourselves and patients that encompass body–mind–spirit medicine.
  • Study the connections between consciousness, body–mind–spirit medicine and good health.

Conference Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational event, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the theoretical, philosophical and spiritual framework within which the ancient medical system of TCM operates.
  • Compare the advantages of treating the whole person by restoring balance and strengthening the individual’s healing ability instead of focusing exclusively on illness or disease to improve patient care.
  • Differentiate some of the positive contributions TCM could make to prevention within contemporary healthcare.
  • Explain the purpose and value of self-cultivation in the practice of body–mind–spirit medicine.
  • Demonstrate an ability to hold an informed discussion with patients about TCM as a complementary therapy for certain health conditions discussed at this event.

Building Bridges of Integration for TCM has been convened for 13 years by Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. We are grateful to our conference co-chairs and our organizing committee for their guidance.

Conference Co-Chairs

Frances L. Brisbane, PhD
Vice President, Health Sciences Work Force Diversity, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Nan Lu, OMD, Founding Director and President
Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation
New York, New York

Organizing Committee

Xiu-Min Li, MD, MS (Committee Chair)
Professor, Pediatrics, Allergies and Immunology
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP, CAc
The Westchester Center for Holistic Families, Mt Kisco, NY

Lixin Huang, MS, President
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Lixing Lao, PhD, MB
Endowed Professor in Integrative Medicine
Director, School of Chinese Medicine
The University of Hong Kong

Michael Taromina, Esq.