New 2016 Dates Added

Beginning the Journey™
Beginning the Journey™ is a two-day in-depth introduction to the heart and soul of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, appropriate for practitioners and non-practitioners alike.

"This course brought light and faith back into my life. Neil is honestly the best teacher I have ever had the honor of meeting and learning from."
                  ~ Renee Wright, L.Ac.

"Great course, by far the best CEU class I have ever taken. The level of knowledge, enthusiasm, and engagement with the students was a breath of fresh air. I would recommend the course to anyone interested in seriously and authentically deepening their practice and themselves."
                  ~ Thomas Flach, L.Ac.

*New 2016 Dates Added*

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The next Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program will begin in September 2016
*Dates Available Now*

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The Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program
The Program is a one-year, part-time comprehensive training for physicians, licensed acupuncturists, and students of Oriental Medicine. Read what graduates say at the bottom of this page.

Watch this new 3-minute video on the Program and hear Professor Gumenick and graduates (M.D and L.Ac) share their experience of this life-transforming work.

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Advanced, Post-Graduate Study

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Graduate Seminar
Perfecting the Art

The Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Graduate Seminar is an opportunity to refresh your memory and your senses as we cover all aspects of Five Element practice: Clinical practice with patients, Spirits of the Points, pulse feedback, point location, interviewing skills, treatment planning, sensory exercises to sharpen diagnostic skills. Join Neil Gumenick and Eliot Ivanhoe, and re-experience the magic of being together in this work.

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Five-Element Acupuncture Treatments, Theory and Practice
About Five-Element Acupuncture treaments and the private practice of Neil R. Gumenick.

Acupuncture Treatment FAQs
Common Questions and Answers for current and prospective patients.

Neil R. Gumenick (M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.) is Founder and Director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. in Santa Monica, CA. He holds three degrees and an advanced teaching credential from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK), awarded by Professor J.R. Worsley. The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) recently honored him as a Pioneer and Leader in Oriental Medicine. Neil has been in private practice since 1981 and is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia, a teacher at numerous acupuncture and Oriental Medical schools, and a columnist for Acupuncture Today.   » more...

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Neil's Latest Article

Neil's latest article The Gall Bladder: The Official of Decision Making and Judgment is available now.

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The 2015-2016 Classical Five-Element Acupuncture
Program is Underway!

The 2015-16 Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program is underway with 10 participants. As always, it is a joy to share this incredible system of body/mind/spirit medicine. One student’s comments summarized the feeling of this incredible new class:

"It is just beautiful and poetic, yet absolutely practical. I’m astounded by how great the other students are. I just love this course. All faculty members are amazing, inspiring people. Their eloquence is breathtaking."
                  ~ Mark O’Keefe, acupuncture student

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2014-15 Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program completed its final Session August 16, 2015.
Congratulations to you all!

Front row L to R: Seema Rao, M.D., Sim Davidson, L.Ac., Kathy Poncher, DAOM, L.Ac., Prof. Neil R. Gumenick, Director, Eliot Ivanhoe, M.D., M.Ac. (UK) Senior Faculty, Erin Ward, L.Ac., Ming Dooley, L.Ac. Back Row L to R: Mirjana Vustar, M.D., Ali Moinzadeh, M.D., Ph.D., Robert "Chico”Livingston, M.D., Christian Disla, L.Ac., Mary McCullough, L.Ac., Faculty, Sheryl Hakala, M.D.

Now Available: Professor Neil Gumenick's
CEU/PDA Approved Recorded Webinars

Our friends at Eastern Currents have made all of Neil's wonderful Webinar series available for streaming from their site. Neil's first Webinar, The Spirits of the Points - A One-Hour Introduction can be viewed for free or for a paid, CEU version. Neil's other series on topics such as The Spirits of the Points, Points Locations, and Detecting and Removing Energetic Blocks are all available to earn CEUs. Visit the site now:

» Point Location: The Non-Command Points (4 Sessions)
» Point Location: The Command Points (6 Sessions)
» In Clinic with Professor Gumenick (5 Sessions)
» The Spirits of the Points (6 Sessions)
» Detecting and Removing Energetic Blocks (2 Sessions)
» Free Intro Webinar to In Clinic & Spirits of the Points

Now Available: Professor Gumenick's Video
Window of the Sky Points

Watch Neil's inspiring 27 minute talk, recorded in a recent Beginning the Journey™ seminar, on Windows of the Sky - some of the most powerful and spiritually enlightening points in all of acupuncture. When used correctly, these points can literally release patients who are stuck in an internal "prison" and open up a pathway to freedom.

Learn when, why, and how to use them, as well as the deep spiritual meanings of each point.

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Continuing Education Certification

We are pleased to announce that all current Institute live Seminars and Programs have been approved for Continuing Education credit by the California Acupuncture Board, the NCCAOM, and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ sponsored by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

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Spirits of the Points: "The Not So Common Ones"
and The Basics of Five-Element Practice
Now Available on DVD & Audio CD


You can now order Neil's popular training presentations on both DVD as Audio CD. Click each link for more information about the content and to order.

» Spirits of the Points: "The Not So Common Ones"
» The Basics of Five-Element Practice

The Spirits of the Points

Download Professor Neil Gumenick's latest articles on Five-Element practice. Both Part 1 and Part 2 are now available.

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Watch Nature of Spirit & Nature of Bliss Videos Now
Our thanks to Road To Bliss for posting two videos by with Neil from a few years back. View them now on YouTube!
» Neil R. Gumenick on the Nature of Spirit
» Neil R. Gumenick on the Nature of Bliss

I knew this would be an amazing, life-changing experience when I signed up, but this Program has far surpassed my wildest imaginations. Not only have I learned the practical skills to be the healer I always dreamed of being, but the personal growth I have gained in developing these skills has spread to all areas of my life.

~ Ming Dooley, L.Ac., Class of 2014-2015

Very profound information, made applicable with excellent teachings, lectures, supervised patient examinations, and wonderful feedback.

~ Bob Lifson, M.D., Class of 2013-2014

This course transformed my practice and my life for the better. It has resulted in much better results for my patients and a much greater sense of satisfaction in my work. I very highly recommend this program.

~ Bruce Eichelberger, OMD, L.Ac., Class of 2012-2013

Excellently designed program that has truly changed my life. I had tried running away from acupuncture numerous times in the past, but somehow I was always being pulled back. Now I understand that it was because I had to study this. I was meant to practice Five Element acupuncture.

~ Ryan Chu, L.Ac., Class of 2012-2013

This course opened my eyes and my heart to a beautiful and profound side of acupuncture I never knew existed. It helped me connect with my patients on a deeper emotional and spiritual level I had never reached before. I strongly recommend this course to any practitioner who truly wants to transform the lives of their patients and themselves.

~ Richele Walters, L.Ac., Class of 2010-2011

Neil's class is one of the best organized and best taught that I have ever experienced in 30 years of medicine. The way he models and teaches the skills of interviewing patients is so life-changing that it ought to be taught in every Medical School, every Chiropractic school, in every kind of service profession. It is amazing to see how much patients will tell you about themselves and their problems when they are interviewed in this way. It is equally amazing to see the change in oneself and one's attitude toward patients, staff and people in general. If you want to love your work and love your patients; if you want to really be a healer of the whole person, this is the class for you. I wish I had had the sense to take this 30 years ago."

~ Marie Schafle M.D., Angels Camp, CA Class of 2007 - 2008



Most of us want a bonded colleagueship, a mentor-- or two or three, a vocabulary shared between us and those we value, and, feedback and collaboration when needed. Neil Gumenick's Classical Five Element Acupuncture Program creates an intimate community, a safe forum for all to see and be seen. It is at this foundation we grow as true healers. Without it, we are technicians. To get there, you cannot rely on webinars and article perusing nor short weekend courses. You must delve into the experience of what it means to be a true healer. What Neil has to offer is deep, concise, meaningful, experiential and potentially life-changing. If you are ready to take the next, deeper step, this Program is for you. You will evolve. You will grow. You will be supported. You will be welcomed into the village you hoped existed. The classical five-element community is a rare and beautiful gem. The results your patients receive are immediately tangible and the payoff for you is literally priceless.

~ Mary McCullough, L.Ac., Class of 2013-2014

I am glad I stuck it through 4 years of TCM school to finally learn 5 Element acupuncture in this program. I feel I can finally practice the medicine in a way that resonates with me and treats the whole person, including their spirit, which is more important than anything most of the time. Neil, you are an engaging and amazing teacher! Thank you for your dedication and sharing of wisdom!

~ Lindsay Kohn, L.Ac., Class of 2012-2013

There is nothing more gratifying than having a mentor in my life. In this program, Neil is truly carrying on the tradition of this medicine by teaching it the eay it was taught to him by the founder, J.R. Worsley. This is a most noble act and I am proud to continue as his student. I am eternally grateful.

~ Georgina Leszkay, Oriental Medical student, Class of 2012-2013

The Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program is the real deal! The curriculum is comprehensive; the instructors are generous and knowledgeable, and the medicine itself is very profound. After practicing Western Medicine for over 25 years, this elegant style of medicine has renewed my passion for the Healing Arts.

I had taken other Five Element acupuncture courses before enrolling in Neil's Program, and there is simply no comparison when it comes to quality and integrity. I am confident I will have the necessary knowledge, experience, and support to practice Five Element Acupuncture in its pure form when I graduate from this course.

~ Elizabeth Tukan, M.D. Phoenix, AZ Class of 2007 - 2008

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