Contemporary Oriental Medicine®
Contemporary Oriental Medicine® (COM), is a dynamic, integrated model of diagnosis and treatment based on the experience of master physicians John Shen OMD and Leon Hammer MD; it includes aspects of TCM and classical Chinese writings. COM revives forgotten patterns of Chinese Medicine, yet is an evolving medicine adapting to modern health issues. This methodology, developed by Dr Hammer, includes an in-depth diagnosis focused on Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, and a distinctive approach to the patient’s history and experience of life. COM makes possible an individualized course of treatment by enabling the practitioner to delineate an individual from their disease. Finally, COM is a unique method of evaluating the patient’s condition, diagnosis, and intervention based on critical thinking. It leads to an organized hierarchy which identifies root causes, immediate interventions, referrals, life style counseling and treatment methods.
Classical Chinese Medicine
Classical Chinese Medicine aims to bring back the reverence for the full range of diagnostics and treatments of the Chinese medical paradigm largely lost since pre-communist China. Distinguished from the simplified “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM) which focuses solely on the Primary acupuncture meridians, Classical Chinese Medicine incorporates the entirety of the acupuncture meridian system, including the:
Cutaneous meridians (for musculo-skeletal issues)
Sinew meridians (for acute conditions: musculo-skeletal, environmental, neurological, dermatological, ENT, allergies, respiratory conditions, acute infections, colds, flu’s, viruses, bacteria, etc.)
Divergent meridians (for chronic conditions, cancers, geriatrics, auto-immune diseases, etc.)
Luo channels (for emotional and psychological disorders)
8 Extraordinary meridians (for constitutional, early life and genetic problems)
Primary meridians (broad range of clinical disorders)
Classical Pulse Diagnosis, incorporating diagnostic criteria for each of the channel systems and organ system interrelationships and directionality
Wide variety of Classical schools of thought, including but not limited to: Shang Han Lun, Wai Ke external diseases, Gynecology, Pediatrics, etc.
Classical Chinese Medicine is rooted in the works and concepts from the Han dynasty such as the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine) Su Wen, Ling Shu, Jia Yi Jing, Mai Jing, Shang Han Lun, etc. and the notable practitioners, doctors, and lineages that have elucidated these works and teachings through the centuries such as Zhang Zhong Jing, Bian Que, Hua Tou, Wang Shu He, Sun Si Miao, Li Shi Zhen to name but a few. Core to the Classical concepts is the understanding that health requires balance and the capacity to change and adapt, especially to the cycles and rhythms of nature. Failure to do so enables imbalance to set in and the ensuing disease process, which can never be separated from the uniqueness of the individual him/herself.