Women's Health, Wisdom, and. . . WINE!

#68 - Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Therapeutic Alliance, and Menopause | Kath Berry

August 24, 2022 Dr. Laurena White Season 5 Episode 68
Women's Health, Wisdom, and. . . WINE!
#68 - Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Therapeutic Alliance, and Menopause | Kath Berry
Show Notes

FACT: Engaged providers/clinicians/physicians take greater care of their patients, reduce medical costs, and are more efficient than their unengaged counterparts.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses for more than 2,000 years. The history, philosophy, and actual medicine of TCM is what separates traditional from conventional medicine. TCM is NOT alternative medicine. It is a refreshingly nuanced, whole-person treatment approach.

The aspects of this therapeutic encounter enable a TCM provider to shepherd a person through the complexities of health, wellness, and HEALING. TCM has been used to treat countless conditions, including menopause. The menopausal transition is a physiologically normal part of aging for women, not a disease or disorder. The disruptive symptomatology often associated with this transition gives rise to disordered living which is often pathologized and sadly overmedicalized.

Working with a conventional provider and a TCM practitioner lays the foundation for synergistic outcomes, evidence-based integration.

About Kath:
Katherine (Kath) Berry, BHSc, MSc, is an acupuncture educator with over 25 years of clinical experience. Having completed a bachelor’s degree in TCM in Australia in 2000, Kath spent time working in several hospitals in China. She then returned to Australia and completed a Master of Science Research degree (MSc) in drug and alcohol addiction medicine at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her thesis was based on a  clinical trial she set up between UTS and Sydney South West Area Health Service. As Australia’s first ever hospital-based acupuncture clinical trial, the study required two years preparation across three ethics jurisdictions and paved the way for further collaboration between TCM university departments and hospitals. Concurrently, Kath fuelled her passion for enhancing the acupuncture profession through high quality education, networking, and mentoring by setting up a nonprofit organisation, The Acupuncture Network. In 2007 she studied at the Lincoln Recovery Center in NYC with Dr Michael Smith and is a certified NADA ear acupuncture trainer. From 2008 to 2010 she worked with Balance Healthcare and the Journal of Chinese Medicine in the UK before consulting with Acupuncture Professional. After moving to Ibiza in Spain in 2015, she was nominated Vice President of the Acupuncture Now Foundation and consultant to Evidence Based Acupuncture, two USA non-profit advocacy organisations.  In 2018 she joined with paediatric expert Dr Julian Scott to provide continuing professional development training for acupuncturists all over the world via TreatingChildren.com. Then, in 2019 she developed fertility and menopause masterclasses with eminent acupuncture specialists; their teachings inspired this book and are shared through the Treating Women Academy at TreatingWomen.com. Kath is a happily divorced mother of two and proud women’s health advocate. She helps practitioners empower women to reach their full potential through courses that enhance health, wellness and sexual vibrancy.

Resources Mentioned:
Menopause: A Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners (E-book arriving in October 2022)

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