Egads. This is a project I need to have done within the next two weeks. I have to write a report about my "subject" and based on a series of questions and physical assessments (palpation of abdominal cavity) rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine I need to develop a 'hara' diagnosis and based on that and the answers to the questions develop a care plan of sorts to treat my subject. No APA format here, thankfully.Treatment consists primarily of working the "meridian" points of one of Five Elements of TCM that may be excessive or depleted . This is my second semester studying this and believe it or not, the NY State Boards for licensed Massage Therapist is heavy on this stuff. I respect the Eastern philosophy, but it's some pretty involved theory that I know for a fact 99.9% of people who become massage therapists never use. Why NY is so hot for aspiring massage therapists to know ancient Chinese medicine like this is beyond me. I think there is enough evidence in Western medicine to back up the benefits of massage. I have a nursing degree, I thought this field of study would be an enjoyable experience and I guess I just didn't realize what a... well, the word racket does come to mind . So here I am downing mega Thin Mints and blogging about it.