Central Nervous System (CNS) drugs as a class have profound effects and are very commonly used by patients of acupuncturists and Chinese medical practitioners. They also have serious adverse effects, drug-herb interactions, as well as potential interference with Chinese diagnostics. This seminar examines major CNS drugs and the dangers Chinese medical practitioners need to be aware of when combining with herbs and acupuncture. We will look at various types of biomedical treatments for Parkinson's disease, other neurodegenerative conditions, insomnia, epilepsy, as well as CNS stimulants and opioid drugs. Herb-drug and acupuncture-drug interactions will be explored for each type of drug.
Understand how central nervous system drugs and herbs interact.
Identify the most common central nervous system drugs with potential for drug-herb interactions.
Explore how major central nervous system drugs act on the body.
0 hrs - 30 min
30 min - 1 hrs
Discussion of individual central nervous system drug classes including functions, mechanisms of action, adverse drug reactions, red flags, Chinese medical affects, and specific drug-herb interactions.
1 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Discussion of potential drug-herb and drug-acupuncture interactions.
1.5 hrs - 2 hrs
Dr. Greg Sperber is an author and also holds a Masters and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a professor at PCOM and speaks internationally on TCM business and drug-herb interactions.
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