AC111-112 Acupuncture Anatomy Series (1-2)

Prerequisite: None

This course provides students with a detailed study of point locations and primary channel pathways in relation to anatomical regions, nerves, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and vessels, with an emphasis on channel and collateral theory.

Part 1: Channels and associated acupoints covered in this class include those of: Hand and Foot Taiyin, Hand and Foot Yangming, Hand and Foot Taiyang, and Hand Shaoyin.

Part 2: Channels and associated acupoints covered in this class include those of: Foot Shaoyin, Hand and Foot Jueyin, Hand and Foot Shaoyang, as well as extra points and points of the 8 extraordinary vessels.

AC211 Meridian Theory

Prerequisite: None

This course discusses basic channel theory, including the distribution of the 12 primary and 8 extraordinary vessels, as well as pathways of all divergent branches, network vessels, muscle meridians and cutaneous regions. Normal channel physiology and channel-specific pathologies are discussed. The interrelationships and differences between channels and their respective Zang-Fu will be stressed.

AC311-312 Acupuncture Physiology Series (1-2)

Prerequisite: AC111-112

Acupuncture Physiology covers the usage of the regular and special acupuncture points and their traditional functions in treatment. Additionally, the course discusses the basic principles of prescription in acupuncture treatment.

Part 1: special categories of points (Five Shu points, Xi Cleft, etc.) and go over the functions of the points in the Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, and Urinary Bladder channels.

Part 2: Kidney, Pericardium, Gallbladder, and Liver meridians, as well as the Eight Extra Meridians, Extra Points, and 15 Luo channels.

AC321-322 Acupuncture Techniques Series (1-2)

Prerequisite: AC111-112

This course provides students with an introduction to the techniques of acupuncture, including the insertion and removal of needles, and needle manipulation for both the tonification and sedation of points and stimulation of Qi. Students will learn to incorporate CNT protocols for safe and responsible needling and how to manage emergency situations arising from improper needling or weak patient condition (ex: hematoma, pneumothorax, fainting).

Part 1: students will practice needling major points of the 14 main channels and will gain an understanding of the historical types of needles and their traditional functions.

Part 2: students learn auricular and scalp acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, bleeding, dermal tacks, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture.

AC411-412 Acupuncture Therapeutics Series (1-2)

Prerequisite: AC311-312

This is a two-part course detailing the etiology and treatment of diseases utilizing common acupoint prescriptions. Students begin to analyze and differentiate between pathological conditions, applying principles of point prescription in deciding upon a treatment plan, and modifying them as necessary to the patient’s symptom presentation. Acupuncture Micro-therapies including Ear and Scalp Therapies application will be discussed in each disease to support as conjunctive acupuncture point prescriptions.

Part 1: Four Needle Technique, exogenous diseases, and a variety of Zang Fu syndromes, diseases of the head, trunk, and lumbar regions.

Part 2: gynecologic, pregnancy, and postpartum disorders; infantile diseases; diseases of the skin; abnormal growths; and eye, ear, nose, and throat disorders.

AC422 Acupuncture Orthopedics

Prerequisite: AC311-312

The course will emphasize the examination, diagnosis and treatment of common orthopedic disorders affecting the neuromusculoskeletal components of the neck, thorax, lumbar spine, pelvis, upper and lower extremities. The use of adjunctive acupoint stimulation devices, including magnets and beads, will also be introduced.