Staying Healthy with Chinese Herbal Medicine

November 19, 2013
Hosted by Sheryl Hongsermeier

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Episode Description

Cara Frank, L.OM, will join Sheryl in exploring the art and practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine. The differences in using Western herbs and Chinese herbal preparations will be discussed. They will examine the many uses and methods of dispensing herbal medicine.

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Our show’s focus will be to educate you on the merits and the practice of Chinese Medicine within the healthcare framework of the US and around the world. We’ll help clarify the vague notions held by many by explaining in practical, down-to-earth way. Our guests will include Chinese Medicine practitioners to clarify and respond to the media’s coverage of Western Medicine’s often mistaken perspective of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We plan to have a public dialogue between Chinese Medicine practitioners and Western Physicians as to how we can collaborate to help give our patients a better quality of life. The program will show how a myriad of conditions and problems can be addressed, even conditions that have no Western Medicine diagnosis. A basic discussion on what Traditional Chinese Medicine is and how it works can be incorporated into the framework of each show.

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Sheryl Hongsermeier

Sheryl Hongsermeier

Sheryl Hongsermeier has had a flourishing acupuncture practice in Silver Spring, Maryland for the past 12 years. She retired as an RN after 33 years. While she attended acupuncture school, she continued to work as a RN. She has many patient centered years as both a nurse and acupuncturist.

Sheryl is passionate about educating patients about what they experience in life and how it affects their health and well-being. She received a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a Specialty in Child and Family Development in order to reach her patients at the beginning of her career.

Sheryl has a Diploma in Acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Chinese Medicine and a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute in Maryland. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Sheryl is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and the Maryland Acupuncture Society. She belongs to these organizations to keep abreast of national and local politics that affect Chinese Medicine.

Sheryl grew up on a farm in Nebraska. She learned the art of Midwestern storytelling and humor in her interactions with family and neighbors. Every working day is spent in patient-centered care where discussions of what is expected from the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine and how the patient is central to how they respond to treatment.

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