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 relies on 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. Classical Chinese Medicine adds exponential complexity and subtlety to the diagnoses, strategies and treatment options available. It incorporates the full range of the meridian systems, including the sinew, divergent, luo, primary and eight extraordinary meridians.
Classical Pulse Diagnosis, incorporating diagnostic criteria for each of the channel systems and organ system interrelationships and directionality, the virtues of the organ systems and personality type adds increased precision to diagnoses and treatment.