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Upcoming Events

May 16, 2021

An Evidence Based Approach to Cannabis

Greg Sperber
Greg Sperber
 

An Evidence Based Approach to Cannabis

with Greg Sperber

May 16, 2021

1pm PDT, 4pm EDT

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Overview

Marijuana, THC, CBD, and all their various manifestations (creams, ointments, gummies, other edibles, etc…) are really popular right now. If you live and practice in any of the numerous (and growing) states that have legalized its use, patients often ask about using these products. Even Reader’s Digest and Consumer’s Reports have done extensive articles on its use. But what is the truth about its usefulness in patient care? What does research show? Should we use it with acupuncture or herbs? And if we do, what are the potential interactions, warnings, and contraindications? This course will answer these questions and more.



Outline

  • May 16, 2021 - 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT (2 hrs)
    Live Stream

Your Teacher

Greg Sperber

Greg Sperber

Dr. Greg Sperber is an author and also holds a Masters and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a professor at PCOM and speaks internationally on TCM business and drug-herb interactions.


Category

Acupuncture



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Biomedicine
Herbs
Acupuncture
Research


May 20, 2021

Treating Neck and Shoulder Posture

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves
 

Treating Neck and Shoulder Posture

with Whitfield Reaves

May 20, 2021

12pm PDT, 3pm EDT

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Overview

Treating Neck and Shoulder Posture is designed for the orthopedic and sports acupuncturist. This course emphasizes diagnosis and assessment, with all treatment plans and choice of points based upon anatomical factors. Included are trigger points, motor points, and muscle-tendon junctions. The yin-yang relationship between shoulder retraction and protraction is described, with clinically effective points and treatment strategies. The following structures are covered in this three-hour course: (1) The shoulder retractors: The rhomboid major and minor. Highlights: Region of Bl 42, Bl 43. (2) The shoulder protractors: Pectoralis major and minor. Highlights: The region of Lu 1, St 14, St 15, St 16 3. (3) The posterior neck. Highlights: Bl 10, Bailao.



Outline

  • May 20, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (3 hrs)
    Presentation of didactic materialVideo of demonstration.Summary. Question and answer

Your Teacher

Whitfield Reaves

Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 30 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and other sport competitions; an author, he teaches internationally as well.


Categories

Sports Medicine
Pain Management
Acupuncture



Tags

Treatment Planning
Sports Acupuncture
Shoulder Pain
Orthopedic
Yin and Yang
Muscle-Tendon Junctions


May 22-23, 2021

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture: Beginning the Journey™

A Two Day Immersion into the Heart and Soul of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Neil Gumenick
Neil Gumenick
 

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture: Beginning the Journey™

A Two Day Immersion into the Heart and Soul of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

with Neil Gumenick

May 22-23, 2021

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Overview

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture: Beginning the Journey™ has been presented as an in-person live event for decades. Many participants have described it as the best continuing education seminar they have ever attended. They learned new and deeper dimensions of treatment - how to free energetically blocked patients and reach the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels of disease. Now, you are invited to share in this profound two-day experience in a live online format. Most practitioners recognize that there is much more to understanding and treating patients than categorizing them according to symptoms and syndromes. How, then, do you heal the emotions, mind, and spirit, as well as the body, with acupuncture? Knowing the "spirits of the points" avails you little unless you know exactly how and when to use them and how to conjoin them with the underlying imbalance. Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, in the Worsley tradition, is one of the most complete, comprehensive, and far-reaching systems of medicine in the world. There are no shortcuts or magic formulas. You will not be able to fully practice this system after one weekend, but you will learn to identify and resolve potentially life-threatening energetic blocks, any of which, until removed, will hinder or prevent your patient from getting well. You will learn to develop and use your senses, pulse taking, and rapport skills as powerful diagnostic tools, and you will come to understand and manage your patients in a whole new way.



Outline

  • May 22, 2021 - 9am PDT, 12pm EDT (3.5 hrs)
    Day 1, Morning
  • May 22, 2021 - 2pm PDT, 5pm EDT (4 hrs)
    Day 1, Afternoon
  • May 23, 2021 - 9am PDT, 12pm EDT (3.5 hrs)
    Day 2, Morning
  • May 23, 2021 - 2pm PDT, 5pm EDT (4 hrs)
    Day 2, Afternoon

Your Teacher

Neil Gumenick

Neil Gumenick

In practice for 40 years, Professor Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. is Founder and Chief Instructor of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. An accomplished author and international lecturer, he has taught at Yo San University, Emperor's College and SAMRA University.

June 5, 2021

Understanding and Treating the Aging Face

Shellie Goldstein
Shellie Goldstein
 

Understanding and Treating the Aging Face

with Shellie Goldstein

June 5, 2021

9am PDT, 12pm EDT

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Overview

This 4 hour course will cover the foundation of the facial aging from an Eastern and Western medical perspective. Treatment strategies and point prescriptions will be provided. By the end of this course practitioners will be able to integrate cosmetic facial acupuncture skills into their practice.



Outline

  • June 5, 2021 - 9am PDT, 12pm EDT (4 hrs)
    Live Streaming

Your Teacher

Shellie Goldstein

Shellie Goldstein

Shellie Goldstein is the founder of the Academy of Advanced Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture, with almost 30 years of experience specializing in cosmetics, facial neurological & musculoskeletal disorders. She is the author of the book Your Best Face Now: Look Younger in 20 Days with the Do It Yourself Acupressure Facelift, and creator of Touch+Glow: The Natural Acupressure Face Lift Kit.

June 9-30, 2021

The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine, Part I

Strength & Survival

Josephine Spilka
Josephine Spilka
 

The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine, Part I

Strength & Survival

with Josephine Spilka

June 9-30, 2021

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Overview

Part I of The Nectar of Plants features discussion on the relationship between a person and their environment, a relationship Chinese medicine calls “wei” qi. This relationship is pivotal for how we manifest strong immunity and healthy digestion, so we’ll go in depth in how to use essential oils for all kinds of respiratory disorders and digestive disorders. We’ll also look at how we can cultivate a strong and healthy relationship with our world, manifesting flexibility, resilience, integrity and strength in all kinds of challenging environments including the pandemic! You’ll learn the basics of how to safely use essential oils, how to use them to build immunity, support healthy respiration and digestion as well as how to relieve respiratory or digestive distress of all kinds. Part I features oils of Eucalyptus, Lavender, Myrtle, Tea Tree, Patchouli and many more.



Outline

  • June 9, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (2.5 hrs)
    Session 1
  • June 16, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (2.5 hrs)
    Session 2
  • June 23, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (2.5 hrs)
    Session 3
  • June 30, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (2.5 hrs)
    Session 4

Your Teacher

Josephine Spilka

Josephine Spilka

Josephine Spilka, M.S., L.Ac., has been practicing Classical Chinese Medicine and Buddhist meditation for over 20 years, and is focused on investigating the relationship with essence in its many forms.

June 10, 2021

Trademark 101 for Acupuncturists and Health Care Providers

Free
Ben White
Ben White
 

Trademark 101 for Acupuncturists and Health Care Providers

with Ben White

June 10, 2021

5pm PDT, 8pm EDT

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Overview

The trademark process is made up of three stages: clearance, prosecution, and enforcement. While a qualified and experienced trademark attorney is the best bet to deal with these three stages, there are things that every business owner can and should do to protect their trademark. This class will identify tips and tricks for each stage of the trademark process. Clearance: This involves searching to see if the trademark you want to use is free for registration and use. Prosecution: Once a search is conducted and the risks are acceptable to the business owner, it is time to file or prosecute the application. Enforcement: Once you register your trademark, you have to enforce your rights. This is a classic "use it or lose it" situation.



Outline

  • June 10, 2021 - 5pm PDT, 8pm EDT (2 hrs)
    Live Stream

Your Teacher

Ben White

Ben White

Ben is a partner at IPLA LLP, the country’s largest trademark specialty law firm. He focuses his practice on building, managing, and protecting domestic and foreign trademark portfolios and prides himself in providing practical and cost-effective advice.


Category

Practice Building



Tags

Branding
Trademark
Legal


June 24, 2021

Treating Low Back and Hip Pain

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves
 

Treating Low Back and Hip Pain

with Whitfield Reaves

June 24, 2021

12pm PDT, 3pm EDT

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Overview

Treating Low Back and Hip Pain is designed for the orthopedic and sports acupuncturist. This course emphasizes diagnosis and assessment, with all treatment plans and choice of points based upon anatomical factors. Included is the location and palpation of trigger points, motor points, and other anatomically significant zones. Easy-to-understand treatment plans that features the "triad of the low back" are presented, resulting in increased clinical clarity and precision. The following structures are covered in this three-hour course: (1) The quadratus lumborum with points Pigen and Yaoyan. (2) The gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Features the extraordinary point Jiankua. (3) The sacral-iliac joint. The zone of Bl 27 & Bl 28.



Outline

  • June 24, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (3 hrs)
    Presentation of didactic material.Video Demonstration.Summary. Question and answer

Your Teacher

Whitfield Reaves

Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 30 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and other sport competitions; an author, he teaches internationally as well.


Categories

Sports Medicine
Pain Management
Acupuncture



Tags

Gluteus Medius Muscle
Quadratus Lumborum
Sports Acupuncture
Lower Back Pain
Orthopedic
Hip Pain
Gluteus Minimus Muscle
Treatment Planning


June 26-27, 2021

The Spinal Column - Anatomy & Cadaver Lab

Module I - Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Webinar Program

Matt Callison
Matt Callison
Brian Lau
Brian Lau
 

The Spinal Column - Anatomy & Cadaver Lab

Module I - Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Webinar Program

with Matt Callison and Brian Lau

June 26-27, 2021

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Overview

This 2-day anatomy and cadaver webinar is an amazing integration of sports medicine functional anatomy and TCM channel sinews (jingjin) theory. Each day of this workshop is divided into distinct morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session consists of didactic presentations on Functional Anatomy and Anatomy of the Sinew Channels that are integrated to focus on the functional relationship between neuromuscular anatomy and the myofascial jingjin tissues and their relationship to the spinal column. This information is followed by the afternoon session that consists of: 1) Assessment, 2) Motor Point Location and Protocols, 3) Cadaver Presentations.



Outline

  • June 26, 2021 - 8am PDT, 11am EDT (4 hrs)
    Introduction and Functional Anatomy: The Spinal Column. Anatomy and functional movement of the spinal column.Introduction to Anatomy of the Sinew Channels. Topography and tissues involved of the associated jingjin and functional anatomy.
  • June 27, 2021 - 8am PDT, 11am EDT (4 hrs)
    Functional Anatomy: The Spinal Column. Anatomy and functional movement of the spinal column.Anatomy of the Sinew Channels. Topography and tissues involved of the associated jingjin and functional anatomy.
  • June 26, 2021 - 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT (4 hrs)
    Instruction for assessing areas that the practitioner will need to understand that are directly associated with the spinal column.Motor point location Lab-instruction for acupuncture and motor points that the practitioner will need to understand that is directly associated with the spinal column and vertebral fixations.Cadaver Lab- Cadaver specimen views are presented relevant and directly associated with the spinal column and vertebral fixations.
  • June 27, 2021 - 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT (4 hrs)
    Instruction for assessing areas that the practitioner will need to understand that are directly associated with the spinal column.Motor Point Location Lab-Motor point location instruction for acupuncture and motor points that the practitioner will need to understand that is directly associated with the spinal column and vertebral fixations.Cadaver Lab Cadaver specimen views are presented relevant and directly associated with the spinal column and vertebral fixations.

Your Teachers

Matt Callison

Matt Callison

Matt Callison is a renowned instructor and published author of the Motor Points and Acupuncture Meridians Chart and quintessential texts such as the Motor Point Index (MPI) Reference Guide and Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has over 27 years of experience in sports medicine and acupuncture.

Brian Lau

Brian Lau

Brian Lau, AP, CSMA, is certified in both Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Structural Integration. He has been on faculty since 2013 with the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program, where he teaches anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of the channel sinews (jingjin), and myofascial release.


Category

Sports Medicine



Tags

Sports Acupuncture
Anatomy
Cadaver


July 20, 2021

Treating Knee Injury and Pain

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves
 

Treating Knee Injury and Pain

with Whitfield Reaves

July 20, 2021

12pm PDT, 3pm EDT

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Overview

Treating Knee Injuries and Pain is designed for the orthopedic and sports acupuncturist. This course emphasizes diagnosis and assessment, with all treatment plans and choice of points based upon anatomical factors. Included are trigger points, motor points, and treating the synovial joint. Easy-to-understand treatment plans are presented, resulting in increased clinical effectiveness. The following structures are covered in this three-hour course: (1) The patello-femoral joint. Highlights: Xiyan into the sub patellar space. (2) The medial compartment of the knee. Highlights: Threading the joint line. (3) The ilio-tibial band. Highlights: Threading the ilio-tibial tract at GB 33. (4) The pes anserine. Highlights: The region of Sp 9.



Outline

  • July 20, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (3 hrs)
    Presentation of didactic material.Video of Demonstration.Summary. Question and answer

Your Teacher

Whitfield Reaves

Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 30 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and other sport competitions; an author, he teaches internationally as well.


Categories

Sports Medicine
Acupuncture
Pain Management



Tags

Pes Anserine
Orthopedic
Sports Acupuncture
Patello-Femoral Joint
Knee Pain
Treatment Planning
Knee Injury
Synovial Joint
Ilio-Tibial band


August 18, 2021

Treating Foot Injury and Pain

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves
 

Treating Foot Injury and Pain

with Whitfield Reaves

August 18, 2021

12pm PDT, 3pm EDT

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Overview

Treating Foot Injury and Pain is designed for the orthopedic and sports acupuncturist. This course emphasizes diagnosis and assessment along with creative treatment plans and choice of points based upon anatomical factors. While emphasizing only the most common foot injuries and pain syndromes, these easy-to-understand approaches result in increased clinical effectiveness and confidence. The following structures are covered in this three-hour course: (1) The achilles tendon. Highlights: Threading the achilles tendon. (2) The achilles bursae. (3) Plantar fasciitis and fasciiosis. With the important addition of the abductor hallucis muscle. (4) The talar joint and sprained ankle. Highlights:Treating the ankle at the talar sinus at GB 40.



Outline

  • August 18, 2021 - 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT (3 hrs)
    Presentation of didactic material.Video of demonstrationSummary. Question and Answer

Your Teacher

Whitfield Reaves

Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 30 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and other sport competitions; an author, he teaches internationally as well.


Categories

Pain Management
Acupuncture
Sports Medicine
Diagnosis



Tags

Orthopedic
Foot Pain
Sports Acupuncture
Treatment Planning
Plantar fasciosis
Foot Injury
Plantar Fasciitis


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