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 (on video and in person, if deemed safe)

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
50 hours (in person, if deemed safe and may be arranged with approved practitioners in students' local areas)

Supervised Clinical Practice
25 hours of primary patient contact, scheduled at the student's convenience over 8 weeks (may be arranged with approved practitioners in student's local area

Continuing Education Accreditation
The Program is approved for NCCAOM PDAs and pending approval for CA category 1 CEUs. CA CEU Provider # 231

Refund policy detailed in application/enrollment agreement

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


Zoom Sessions: 1st Session: 3 days - TBD
Sessions 2-4: 2 days - Saturday and Sunday
(October 16-17, November 20-21, December 18-19)

Live Session: Session 5 (January 14-16 2022) 3 days In person in Los Angeles, if deemed safe

Zoom Sessions: Sessions 6-9: 2 days - Saturday and Sunday
(February 19-20, March 19-20, April 23-24, May 21-22)

Live Session: Session 10 (August 19-21, 2022) 3 days in person in Los Angeles, if deemed safe

The program is open to licensed acupuncturists, physicians, osteopaths, dentists, other licensed medical professionals (whose scope of practice includes acupuncture), and students of Eastern 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.


4170 Commonwealth Ave., Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 453-2235