San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Science & Practice of Chinese Cultural Arts for Healthy Living. Series 2 (養生) presented by South Coast Chinese Cultural Association, and UC Irvine Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, co-sponsored by Monte Jade Southern California Science and Technology Association, and Legacy Fountain Angel.
This new Series stems from the one previously offered at the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center in 2015-2016.
The present series includes new lectures, demonstrations, and more emphasis on hands-on learning on how the traditional Chinese healing arts and Mind-body practices (Tai Chi and Qigong) can be used effectively to enhance health and wellness in today’s world. While the previous Series covered a broad range of topics, this series is focused on stress(壓力) and inflammation (炎), the two biggest threats to our health.
The presentations explain both the “how’s” and the “why’s”, based on latest scientific research indicating the most effective ways to prevent and relieve these damaging conditions that could lead to impaired immune function, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, cancer, and premature aging. Much of the information in this Series is gleaned from scientific journals, international conferences on Oriental Medicine and Integrative Medicine and Health, and materials from the U.S. National Center on Complementary Medicine and Integrative Health.
The presentations are in English, with important concepts and terms also given in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Date: Second Monday of each month starting from February 13, 2017 to June 12, 2017.
Time: 7:30 to 9:30PM
Location: MRP, South Coast Chinese Cultural Center (9 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620).
Admission: Reserve tickets via Eventbrite is recommended. Limitied tickets available at door on a First Come First Serve basis. Processing fee $2 per ticket
Dr. Shin Lin (林欣) has extensive background in all of the fields he will be presenting in this Series. On the Western side, he received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry at the UCLA School of Medicine and postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He went on to become Professor and then Chairman of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University for two dozen years, and became a leading authority on mechanisms of action of natural products that affect the cytoskeleton and movement at the cellular level. He was then recruited by UC Irvine to become Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and he subsequently served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Initiatives.
He is currently a Professor in the Department of Developmental & Cell Biology and the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine. On the Eastern side, Dr. Lin completed formal coursework in Oriental Medicine, therapeutic therapy, mind-body medicine, and acupuncture for physical therapy. An expert on Tai Chi and Qigong, he is a senior “in-house student” (入門弟子) of the 19th generation inheritor (傳人) of Chen Style Tai Chi (陳式太極), Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (陳正雷), of China’s Chen Family Village (陳家溝), the birthplace of Tai Chi.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Lin’s Laboratory for Mind-Body Signaling and Energy Research (Website: http://MindBodyLab.Bio.UCI.edu) has been focusing on the use of hi-tech approaches to study physiological and bioenergetics effects of Tai Chi/Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies on mind and body functions.
He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council on Complementary Medicine and Integrative Health, and he is Visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Permanent Co-Chair of the World Congress of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hon. President of the Chen Zhenglei Taiji International Promotion Organization. He was an Academic Advisor for the 8-volume set Traditional and Classical Chinese Health Cultivation (中華傳統經典養生術) published by the Shanghai Tai Chi/Qigong Research Institute of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is on the editorial board of the journal Chinese Medicine and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. He frequently gives presentations in the U.S. and abroad, and appears regularly in the media, including a national broadcast of NBC Nightly News and “Longevity Tai Chi” seen frequently on PBS nationwide.
Link to videos of National Broadcast of NBC Nightly News:
1. February 13, 2017: Biology of the Causes, Effects, and Prevention of Stress
This presentation consists of an hour-long scientific lecture on the different causes of mental (e.g., psychological, social) and physical (e.g., lack of sleep, over exertion, dietary imbalance) stress (壓力); their detrimental effects on different physiological structures and functions (particularly the immune system), and the latest research showing how integrative therapies and interventions can prevent and reverse these problems. The lecture is followed by an hour-long hands-on learning session on a collection of the most effective evidence-based (循證) methods for relief of physical and mental stress, including Tai Chi (太極) /Qigong (氣功) exercises and self-administered acupressure techniques (穴位按摩).
2. March 13, 2017: The Biology of the Causes, Effects, and Prevention of Inflammation
This presentation explains how short term and localized inflammation (炎) is essential for our healing and survival, while long term and systemic inflammation can lead to serious health problems such as pre-mature aging, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. The causes of the latter type of inflammation include stress, dietary imbalances, untreated injuries, etc. Fortunately, the latest research has shown that unhealthy inflammation can be avoided or even reversed by life style changes, healthy diet, mind-body exercises, and integrative medical therapies. The lecture is followed by an hour-long hands-on learning session on a collection of evidence-based mind-body exercises and self-administered acupressure techniques.
3. April 10, 2017: Science-Based Tai Chi with Music for Mind and Body Health
After a brief talk on the science of enhancing mind-body health, the rest of this session is on hands-on learning of evidence-based techniques aimed at this goal. The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality rated Tai Chi (太極) as the best meditative practice for relieving stress measured as reduction of blood pressure, ahead of mindfulness/transcendental meditation and Yoga. There is also ample scientific research showing that music is valuable for boosting the immune system, increasing secretion of “feel good” hormones, and decreasing doctors visits in clinical studies. The techniques to be taught combine the benefits of these two interventions: a set of simple Chen Style Tai Chi (陳式太極) silk reeling (纏絲) exercises coordinating with popular Chinese and Western tunes. The resulting evidence-based (循證) mind-body routines are both highly enjoyable and extremely effective in relieving stress, enhancing mood, improving sleep, and elevating blood flow and energy.
4. May 8, 2017: Science-Based Tai Chi for Muscle, Bone, and Cardiovascular Health
After a brief talk on the science of enhancing muscle/bone/cardiovascular health, the rest of this session is on hands-on learning of techniques aimed at this goal. A collection of exercises from Chen Style Tai Chi (陳式太極) selected on the basis of scientific studies to benefit muscle, bone and heart structure and function will be taught. The circular combination of soft-hard, slow-fast control of movements and breathing is the embodiment of the Tai Chi principle: perfect harmony of Yin and Yang, from the slow/soft comes the fast /hard, from the fast/hard comes the slow/soft, within the soft there is hard, within the hard there is soft… This ancient Tai Chi principle is in tune with our modern concept of our body’s structure and function: the slow and fast twitch fibers of the muscles, the relaxing parasympathetic and excitatory sympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system, the memory-enhancing excitatory neurons and the stress-relieving inhibitory neurons of hippocampus of the brain, the fast and slow pumping of the heart, to fast nervous signals and the slow hormonal effects, etc. Thus, the exercises taught will increase muscular strength/endurance/speed, joint and tendon function, bone density, cardiovascular capacity, blood circulation, autonomic response, and energy. It should be noted that these exercises are designed to complement those to be taught in Session 3, and is suitable for people of all ages who want to keep their mind and body in a healthful and youthful state.
5. June 12, 2017 Science-Based Qigong for Stretching to Prevent Pain and Inflammation
The latest research shows that stretching exercises are more than for warming up muscles and tendons. Such exercises are also extremely valuable for relieve of local pain and inflammation (e.g., common in those with chronic low back pain). In addition, studies have also shown that inactivity can lead to immobility, and how stretching exercises can reverse this problem. After a brief talk on these scientific studies, the rest of the session is devoted to the hands-on learning of stretching exercises selected from classical Qigong systems on the basis of laboratory research, including 5 Animals Frolic (五禽戲), 8-Section Silk Brocade (八段錦), Tendon Changing Classic (易筋經), and movements depicted in the 2,000-year old King Ma’s Mound (馬王堆) silk scroll. This set of exercises is designed to give static and dynamic stretches to every part of the body, while the accompanying breathing regulation can relief stress and improve mood and emotion.
For detailed information for each lecture, please click here.
Dr. Lin lectured on Tai Chi. photo from 2015-2016 series
Dr. Lin demonstrated Bagua Zhang. photo from 2015-2016 series
Dr. Lin and his audiences. photo from 2015-2016 series
Youtube Link to previous lectures.