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Free Webinar: Introduction to the Treatment of COVID-somnia Difficulty Sleeping Due to the Pandemic

Introduction to the Treatment of COVID-somnia Difficulty Sleeping Due to the Pandemic

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

6:30 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Online

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have experienced increased levels of stress. The psychological consequences are already apparent with increased rates of anxiety and panic, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, insomnia, digestive problems, as well as depressive symptoms and post-traumatic stress. According to recent research the current pandemic is severely disrupting sleep in more than 50% of the general public. These increased rates have lead to dramatic increased reliance on pharmaceuticals for sleep and also an increasing number of patients seeking help from practitioners of TCM.

This webinar is based on the reflections of an advanced practitioner's clinical experience and understanding of COVID-somnia over the last year. During this introduction participants will be introduced to the four main disease mechanisms of COVID-somnia and how they lead to multi-pattern presentations in clinical practice.



Rob Helmer R.TCMP, R.Ac

Rob Helmer specializes in the treatment of chronic, difficult to treat medical conditions that other doctors and alternative medicine providers are unable to help. His primary form of treatment to achieve this is customized Chinese herbal medicine formulas. Rob's recent research has focused on the area of insomnia due to the increase in mental-emotional health problems since the beginning of the pandemic. This research will be published in various medical journals this year including the Journal of Chinese Medicine in June 2021.

He originally graduated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) school in Toronto 1998 and completed his Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. To obtain doctorate level knowledge learned to read medical Chinese and spent many years translating Chinese medical journal articles into English to share with others.

He has completed clinical practice/internships in China (four times), Germany and USA. Rob is currently a professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at OCTCM in Toronto and has previously taught at a number of TCM schools in Canada and the US and also has developed and taught post-graduate courses on insomnia, asthma and dermatology based on his own clinical experience and research. Rob is a published author and has previously appeared in various TCM journals (Journal of Chinese Medicine) and published a book by Blue Poppy press in 2006 on the TCM treatment of pediatric bedwetting. Lastly, he has been a student of many well respected doctors of TCM over the years in different countries including Dr. David Lam in Toronto, Bob Flaws and TCM dermatologist Mazin Al-khafaji ( including working at his clinic in England


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