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.
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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 Service.

Clinical Observation
100 hours outside of Class (may be arranged with approved practitioners in students' local areas)

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 Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program 2018-2019 has been approved for 196 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, sponsored by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

The 2018-2019 Program has been approved for 189 PDAs by the NCCAOM and 210 Category 1 CEUs by the California Acupuncture Board. CA CEU provider #231. Refund policy available here.

"The Journey"
A video on the Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program
by Professor Neil R. Gumenick and Dr. Eliot Ivanhoe


Classroom Sessions: Friday-Monday for Session 1, subsequent sessions Friday-Sunday.

Clinical Observation: 100 hours outside of class (may be arranged in students' local areas).

Supervised Clinical Practice: In the eighth session (April 2016), students are encouraged to bring patients to treat under faculty supervision. The following 16 weeks involve the students treating their own patients, supervised either in person or by telephone review of cases, in Los Angeles or in their local areas. The Program concludes with a final Three-Day Clinical Intensive.

Prospective students are invited to visit a class of the Program currently in session and/or the practice of a faculty member. There is nothing that can compare to witnessing this system of medicine in action, or actually being a patient, to feel its life transforming power. Please inquire.

2018-2019 Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program Dates
Class hours are 9:00AM - 6:00PM
(Dates and hours may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances)

September 14-17, 2018
October 19-21, 2018
November 16-18, 2018
December 14-16, 2018
January 18-20, 2019
February 22-24, 2019
March 22-24, 2019
April 26-28, 2019
August 23-25, 2019

The program is open to licensed acupuncturists, physicians, osteopaths, dentists, other licensed medical professionals (whose scope of practice includes acupuncture), and students of Oriental Medicine. Admission to the program will include assessments by written application and interview. Because of the personal one-on-one attention provided to each student, class size will be limited and enrollments considered on a first come, first served basis.

Full Program Tuition: $9,800
Payment plans are available
Textbooks and materials: Approximately $300

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The program will be conducted in English only.
Participants must be prepared to devote several hours per week for individually assigned study and practice.


2926 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90404-9900
(310) 453-2235