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— updated 2017-07-26

Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D.

Instructor in Chinese herbology and Director of the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute.

Biography

Roger W. Wicke studied TCM herbology under C.S. Cheung, M.D., and Yat Ki Lai at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating in 1985. Since then his clinical practice emphasizes educating clients about environmental health issues, healthy eating, and escaping from the mass-culture Matrix of robotic behaviors. He is currently director of the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute and has authored several texts on Chinese herbology, including HerbalThink-TCM, an interactive software package for learning traditional Chinese herbology.

photo: Roger Wicke

Roger received the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980; M.S. (1976) and B.S. (1975) in Bioelectrical Engineering also from MIT. He has conducted and published research in neurophysiology, perception, pharmacology, and electroacupuncture at MIT, Boston University Medical School, and Stanford University/Palo Alto VA Hospital. Since 2001, he has focused on developing expert-system software that can perform complex clinical pattern analysis for traditional Chinese medicine.

Disillusioning experiences in medical research led Roger toward a health-care philosophy that directly addresses the need to weigh political and economic factors, including corporate manipulation of science, in evaluating any and all sources of information about health and disease. His publications, course materials, and classes emphasize the need for students and health professionals to realistically appraise public health policy, including trends in alternative health, with a skeptical eye. His political leanings are strongly libertarian, and he believes that history has demonstrated that there is no substitute for individuals taking control over their own health and circumventing the disease-for-profit medical-industrial complex.

Hobbies include hiking, field botany, studying history, playing piano, and listening to classical music. He is currently exploring the physiological effects of hearing music and interpreting these effects from a traditional Chinese perspective.

 

Brief C.V.

  • Founder and Director of Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute, 1991-present.
  • Private practice in clinical Chinese herbology, Boulder and Denver, Colorado (1985-1990) and Hot Springs, Montana (1990-present).
  • Director of Colorado Herbal Institute, 1987-1990.
  • Clinical education in traditional Chinese health care, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, 1983-1985
  • Private study with alternative health professionals in San Francisco Bay area and at National Holistic Institute, Oakland, California, 1982-1984.
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980. Research in vestibular-neuromotor interactions.
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976. Research in psychoacoustics, the physiology and perception of sound.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975. Focus on bioelectrical studies, mathematical modeling of physiological processes.

Publications

Wicke, R.W. and Kruse, C.J.; Autosage-TCM and CaseQuery (textbook and expert-system software for traditional Chinese medicine). Hot Springs, Montana: Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute; ©2016-2017.

Wicke, R.W. and Kruse, C.J.; HerbalThink-TCM: Self-Study Reference, TCM Herbal Tutor, and TCM Pulse Simulator (text and instructional software). Hot Springs, Montana: Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute; ©1992-2011.

Wicke, R.W. "Orwellian schemes for maximizing health-care industry profits — How these endanger the practice of herbal medicine." Originally presented at Conference on Plants, Medicine, and Power: Emerging Social and Medical Relations; 2003 March 14, UC Berkeley.

Wicke, R.W. and Cheung, C.S. "Integrative Tumor Board: Traditional Chinese Medicine Analysis." In: Integrative Cancer Therapies, vol. 1, no. 2 (2002 June), p. 192-200.

Wicke, R.W. and Cheung, C.S. "Principles for Applying Traditional Chinese Medicine to Cases of Cancer." In: Integrative Cancer Therapies, vol. 1, no. 2 (2002 June), p. 175-178.

Wicke, R.W. "Comparative World History of Herbal Medicine." In: Abstract and Review of Clinical Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1994, no. 4.

Wicke, R.W. "A Review of Issues Relevant to Regulating Chinese Herbal Practice." In: Abstract and Review of Clinical Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1995, no. 2.

Wicke, R.W. "Strategies for Defending Your Rights as an Herbalist." In: Abstract and Review of Clinical Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1995, no. 3.

Wicke, R.W. and Cheung, C.S. "Modest Proposals for the Improvement of Traditional Chinese Herbal Education, With Guidelines for the Self-Motivated Student." In: Abstract and Review of Clinical Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1995, no. 4.

Wicke, R.W. Traditional Chinese Herbal Science: vol. 1, The Language and Patterns of Life (5th edition). Hot Springs, Montana: Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute; c1994.

Wicke, R.W. Traditional Chinese Herbal Science: vol. 2, Herbs, Strategies, and Case Studies (4th edition). Hot Springs, Montana: Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute; c1994.

Wicke, R.W. "Clinical systems for measuring electrical impedance of acupuncture points." Presented at Int. Veterinary Acupuncture Soc., San Francisco, Calif., September 1985.

Wicke, R.W. and Cheung, C.S. "Possible strategies for using acupuncture to treat zero-gravity sickness." In: J. American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine 1985(2):3-16.

Wicke, R.W. and Zajac, F.E. "Isometric torque produced by the hamstrings of the cat about the ankle joint as a function of hindlimb position." Presented at Society for Neuroscience Conference, October 1981, Los Angeles, California.

Wicke, R.W. and Oman, C.M. "Visual and graviceptive influences on lower leg EMG activity in humans during brief falls." In: Exp. Brain Research 46:324-330 (1982).

Wicke, R.W. and Oman, C.M. "Visual and graviceptive influences on lower leg electromyogram activity during brief falls." Presented at Society for Neuroscience Conference, November 1980, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wicke, R.W. "Human visual-vestibular interactions during postural responses to brief falls." Ph.D. thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980.

Houtsma, A.J.M., Wicke, R.W., and Ordubadi, A. "Pitch of amplitude-modulated low-pass noise and predictions by temporal and spectral theories." In: J. Acoustical Society of America 67(4):1312-1322 (1980).

Houtsma, A.J.M. and Wicke, R.W. "Temporal versus spectral cues in pitch perception of AM noise." In: J. Acoustical Society of America 65(Suppl.1):37-38.

Wicke, R.W. "The perception of modulated, band-passed Gaussian noise." S.M. thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976.

Wicke, R.W. and Houtsma, A.J.M. "Musical pitch of interrupted white noise." In: J. Acoustical Society of America 58(Suppl.1):83.

Wicke, R.W., "The perception of modulated Gaussian noise." S.B. thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975.

Viswanathan, R., Makhoul, J., and Wicke, R. "The application of a functional perceptual model of speech to variable rate LPC systems." In: 1977 IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, pp.219-222 (Hartford, Connecticut, May 1977).

Golub, M., Wicke, R., and Kornetsky, C. "Reflex ontogeny in rats treated prenatally with chlorpromazine." Presented at Western Psychological Association Conference, 1975.