Thursday, March 6th, 2014 was the first Yo San University collaboration with the American Red Cross. The Blood Drive here on our campus was an important event to connect with our community and further the awareness and integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into Western medical practice, more importantly it was another way that we could take part in saving lives! The American Red Cross is a well-known organization dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States, and in connection with other Red Cross networks assisting communities worldwide. Through time, blood collection, and fiscal donations from their American supporters, the American Red Cross is able to assist those “affected by disasters in America, support members of the military and their families, blood collection, processing and distribution, health and safety education and training, as well as, international relief and development.” www.redcrossblood.org.
We had a huge success!! Thank you everyone who helped out with the planning of this important event, donated blood or volunteered your time. Our goal was to collect 20 pints and we secured 21, which will save roughly 63 lives! We had many community members stop by to thank us for putting together such an event, and in return we thanked them for their support and offered clinic coupons and other valuable information we could offer about our services. The need for blood is constant and all of our efforts help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available for people in need; as it can be any one of us. In addition to donating blood, we applied ear seeds, a treatment method in TCM, educated the community about the integration of TCM and how special we are here at Yo San! Also, Yo San University DAOM student, George Lamoureux, founder of Jing Herbs www.jingherbs.com, shared his Blood Tonics for all attendees! The classical Chinese formula, Si Wu Tang Jia Jian or “Blood Boost” was designed by Jing Herbs specifically for our Blood Drive attendees as this herbal tonic is used to help ‘tonify’ or enhance the blood. Similar in Western medicine and nutrition, it is advised to those who are blood deficient to consume beef, beef liver, dates, figs, beets, kale, black/kidney/soy beans, peanuts, spirulina, etc.; these are herbal formulas that “not only adds nutrition, but more importantly it takes your body’s energy and balances it, increasing feelings of well-being, building immunity and often expanding “normal” states of consciousness.” –Jing Herbs.
What a success and it could not have been without everyone’s support! With 105% of our goal achieved, this is what Yo San is all about! Be proud of your contributions to the further development and integration of TCM. Like George, you can utilize the academic excellence achieved here at Yo San to transform and enhance lives. George’s passion conveyed through Jing Herbs contributes an integral aspect specifically to our Yo San community, and further broadens to the conscious community by supporting “health and longevity in a fun, social, and delicious way. Even if you are just an individual looking to take your daily routine to the next level, learning how to make a healthful drink using tonic herbs is a great idea.” – George Lamoureux.