As the only program of it's kind offered in Southern California, the Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program offers Acupuncturists and other licensed medical professionals the opportunity to become certified as Classical Five-Element practitioners. The program is taught by Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), C.T. (Adv.), L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), and a team of faculty and guest faculty approved by the Director.
The Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program is structured around a part-time schedule (see below) for professionals who want to maintain their own practices while studying.
The program includes extensive training in:
• Five-Element Theory:
The Five Elements; Organ/Meridian Theory; Levels of Energy: Body, Mind, and Spirit; Laws and Cycles of the Five Elements; Significance of Symptoms; Balancing of Energy; Specialized Treatment Patterns and Groupings of Points, including Windows of the Sky, Possession and Use of Internal and External Dragons, Aggressive Energy, Husband/Wife Imbalances, Seas and Oceans, Akabanis, Entry-Exit Blocks; Energy Transfers; Causes of Disease; Pulse Reading and Diagnosis within the Five-Element System
• Point Location and Uses:
Twelve Meridians, Conception and Governor Vessels; Source, Junction, Horary, Tonification and Sedation Points, Element Points, Entry and Exit Points, Associated Effect Points, Alarm Points, First Aid Points; Unique Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Actions of Points and Combinations
• Traditional Diagnosis:
Awakening the Natural Ability to See, to Hear, to Ask, and to Feel, Using the Diagnostic Indicators of Color, Sound, Emotion, and Odor; Taking Case Histories; Assessing the Causative Factor and Level of Disease; Physical Examination; Practitioner/Patient Rapport Skills
• Clinical Work Discussion:
Presentation and Analysis of Class Patients, Diagnosis, and Treatment
• Treatment Planning:
Principles and Priorities; Translation of Traditional Diagnosis into Treatment Plan; Addressing the Needs of the Mind and Spirit; Methods of Treatment; Evaluation of Treatment; Determining Future Treatments
• Public Speaking:
How to Give Effective
and Informative Practice Building Presentations
• Treatment Techniques:
Needling: Tonification and Sedation, Uses of Moxabustion
• Practice/Patient Management and Ethics:
Communication Skills; Trust; Confidentiality; Listening and Counseling,
Patient Homework, Appropriate Referrals, Finances, Advertising; Public
• Clinical Observation:
100 hours outside
of Class (may be arranged with approved practitioners in students' local
• Supervised Clinical Practice:
Three day Clinical Intensive, followed by 50 hours of primary patient contact, scheduled at the student's convenience, over 16 weeks (may be arranged with approved practitioners in student's local area), ending with a Three-Day Clinical Intensive for all students.
• Continuing Education Accreditation:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education for physicians.
The 2015-2016 Program has been approved for 189 PDAs by the NCCAOM and 210 CEUs by the California Acupuncture Board.