2017: About the Conference

September 14-17, 2017

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

This year, we highlight self-discovery, the inner awareness that illuminates the vital link between consciousness and everyday health.

Come join us for the 14th annual Building Bridges for TCM conference…

Modern science tells us that everything is energy and everything is connected. All that is, is part of the Universe. Nothing exists in isolation. Based on these discoveries, health, and healing can be viewed as a window into the body’s quantum information framework that mirrors the reality that modern science now sees. We will use the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine framework to show how healing goes beyond the physical level revealing that we are an expression of Oneness and Universal love.

About the Conference

The answer is within.

Healing becomes a journey to reclaim your true purpose and become aligned with your inner blueprint. This personal and ultimately private journey is one of self-discovery. Through self-discovery, we recognize our connection to the universe and that nothing is separate.

What Building Bridges Offers

Building Bridges for TCM has a unique consciousness and energy field developed over the past 14 years. The conference offers a revolutionary energetic framework for bringing the whole person into balance and harmony. We view health and well-being from a new angle, one that sees consciousness, self-discovery, and health as deeply connected. Each presenter is eager to show you that this is possible and practical.

Our sessions are thoughtfully integrated to help practitioners discover how to gain optimal health and enhance daily life—for their patients and, importantly, for themselves. The overarching  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 coherence 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 and effective ways to expand health options and improve healthcare outcomes in the United States. We present in a clear and comprehensive way the ancient philosophical principles and theories underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and build an understanding of how anyone can apply this holistic medical system today to create health and wellness. Theories such as Five Element Consciousness are offered as a framework to understand how emotions, lifestyle, beliefs, and environment each play a role in maintaining internal balance, thus creating health, or in creating imbalances, seen by TCM as a source of a “disease” state. Our desire is to provide opportunities to view all health issues as internal energetic frequencies that can transform into physical issues such as pain or a mass. Without a foundation for understanding how this happens, the true relationship of body, mind, and spirit cannot be understood. Our ultimate mission is to broaden the contemporary understanding that everything is energy, all energy has a consciousness, and all consciousness has a purpose.

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 United States 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.