This month at AOMA - Happy Valentine's Day and Library Lovers' Month! Books to Read, Herbs for Brain Function and more!
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Did you know that in February we not only celebrate Valentine's Day, but also Library Lovers' Month?! Libraries and education go hand-in-hand, and as an institution for higher education AOMA has a VERY special place in its heart for our beloved library and wonderful librarian. The AOMA Library is a specialty library with holdings that focus primarily on the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine; in fact, it's the largest Chinese medicine library in Texas! Of special note is the library’s collection of original Chinese language medical research journals and DVDs, whose publication dates range from 1981 to the present. AOMA's library is an open-access facility -- students, alumni, and members of the general public are welcome to sit in the library and read available books and journals free of charge. So the next time you're on campus getting a treatment at the clinic or shopping at AOMA Herbal Medicine, stop by and visit the library too. I bet you'll learn something new about acupuncture and TCM if you do!
In this issue:
6 Things You Can Do With a Degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Books to Read Before Starting Acupuncture School
AOMA Blog Throwback: February 2017
AOMA in the Community
What's coming up at AOMA?
AOMA Herbal Medicine Corner
TCM Eating for the Season: Recipe of the Month
Meet AOMA's Librarian!
In good health,
Director of Clinical Business Operations
6 Things You Can Do With a Degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Have you ever considered a career in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine? Many students choose this path because of a personal journey to serve others, while some have profound experiences as a patient that inspire a lifetime of study and a new career path.There are no limits to what the future may hold for acupuncturists. This article dives into some of the exciting opportunities that are presently available!
"As an intern in the student clinic at AOMA, patients routinely ask why I’m immersed in this field, what the needles are doing, and about this word 'qi' that keeps coming up. If you find yourself asking these questions, or are considering a life dedicated to Chinese medical practice, I recommend the following resources to help build your understanding of this medicine before attending acupuncture school..."
TCM Preventive Medicine with Abdominal Acupuncture with Grace Tan
According to TCM belief, our wellness is affected by factors such as seasonal changes, monthly lunar changes, physical and spiritual activities, etc. Learn more about preventing illness with TCM in this fantastic educational blog post by AOMA Clinician Grace Tan!
AOMA in the Community: Dr. Bandy at the 2018 BP MS 150
Team Tacodeli 14th annual fundraiser, March 24th 6-9pm
AOMA's very own Dr. Mike Bandy will be riding with Team Tacodeli in his first BP MS 150! As of Feb. 16th, Team Tacodeli is #9 in overall fundraising AND are the only ranked Austin team! They've raised almost $35k this year alone to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National MS Society. The ride is the largest event of its kind in North America, with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers, and countless spectators along the route and at the finish line in Austin. The fundraising goal for the 2018 BP MS 150 is $14 million dollars to bring hope to many who are affected by multiple sclerosis.
Often prescribed for deficiency of Blood and Yin that is causing poor concentration and memory, insomnia, restlessness, heart palpitation, anxiety, vivid or uncomfortable dreaming, and brain fatigue. This formula is a favorite in acupuncture schools by students mentally exhausted by too much study and to fortify the brain for examinations! (Fratkin, Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines)
All-in-One Sheet-Pan Brown Rice with Sweet Potato & Broccoli Rabe
This AMAZING single-pan recipe by Sarah Jampel at Food52.com incorporates several fiber-filled, vitamin-rich TCM foods that are perfect for fueling your body AND mind!
1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed of woody ends
2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and roughly cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
Salt, for seasoning
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 lemon, halved
1 small bunch scallions, light and green parts thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups long-grain brown rice, tossed with 1 tsp olive oil
3 cups free-range chicken broth
1/2 cup hazelnuts
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley
1/4 cup finely grated pecorino (or more, to taste)
Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower positions, place a rimmed sheet pan on each rack to warm up, and heat the oven to 400° F.
When the oven is hot, toss the broccoli rabe with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, then divide onto the hot baking sheets and spread with a spoon. It should sizzle.
Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring once, until tender and charred. Transfer to a bowl and return baking sheets to the oven. Sprinkle broccoli rabe with 1 teaspoon or so of lemon juice from the halved lemon.
Mix the sweet potatoes with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika. Spread onto the hot baking sheets and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once, until charred in places and tender throughout. Transfer to the bowl with the broccoli rabe.
Lower the oven temperature to 350° F. Add the sliced scallions to one of the still-hot baking sheets (you can remove the other from the oven but leave it dirty—you’ll use that later). Roast for 5 to 7 minutes, until wilted. Next, add the oil-tossed rice, stirring to incorporate the scallions and any roasty bits from the baking sheet.
Carefully pour the chicken broth over the rice and stir in the liquid. Use oven mitts to cover the sheet with aluminum foil and crimp it around the edges. Bake for 35 minutes, until the rice is cooked through. In the last 10 minutes of baking time, add the hazelnuts to the other tray and toast until deeply golden brown. Rub off the skins in a dish towel, if you’d like, then roughly chop.
When the rice is cooked through, remove the sheet pan from the oven and let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the foil, fluff with a fork, then transfer to the bowl with the sweet potato and broccoli rabe. Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix in parsley, pecorino, and hazelnuts, reserving some of each for the top.
I have been with AOMA for almost 15 years now - since April of 2003. What brought me here was the opportunity to be the first professional librarian at AOMA, as well as to be able to grow and develop the library collection.
My favorite part of AOMA's campus is the courtyard with the koi pond... and of course the library! In my free time I enjoy reading every night - some science fiction and some cultural, and about traveling especially. I have lived in 5 countries and within this country I’ve lived in 5 different states. I most enjoy getting to discover local food and cuisine culture.
Here at AOMA I find the most satisfaction in helping our learners find materials that will help them in their classes and clinics. I wish people knew more about the health and healing available in this medicine and in AOMA's clinics.
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