Curriculum

The Academy of Acupuncture

The Academy of Acupuncture currently offers two options for seminar participation:

Live / Livestreaming and Home Study
Frequently Asked Questions

Live Courses:
In-person or livestream feed
Home Study Courses:
Distance-learning CEU videos program, online seminar, and virtual seminar
Live Courses FAQ:
What program / software do I need to watch livestreaming courses?

We use ZOOM for our livestreaming seminars. To download, visit https://zoom.us/download and click the blue download button under “ZOOM Client for Meetings.” Please be sure you have downloaded the program at least 24 hours before the seminar starts.

Remember to update ZOOM before future seminars by clicking on the same download button at the same link. You may also join the livestreaming courses on an iPad, tablets, and smartphones once you download the appropriate ZOOM app.

Will there be live tech support on the day of the livestreaming seminars?

Yes! Our live tech will be available 30 minutes before the seminar start time. Please sign in to the webinar 30 minutes before the program begins to ensure all attendance and technical assistance matters can be handled ahead of time.

If you need assistance downloading the ZOOM Client for Meeting program, please call our Tech Support provided in the ZOOM Pre-Registration email. Again, please be sure you download ZOOM at least 24 hours before the seminar begins.

Where will I find the ZOOM link for my livestreaming course?

You will receive an email from the Academy of Acupuncture on the Sunday before the livestreaming seminar information with a ZOOM Pre-Registration link. Once you click on this link, you will be redirected to a form which must be completed in order to receive the actual ZOOM link for the livestreaming seminar. Please complete this form at least 24 hours before the seminar begins. Our Live Tech Support phone number will be included in this initial email for your convenience.

Do I need to have a webcam during the livestreaming seminars?

No. If you would like to join us for a class photo, please have your webcam ready. Otherwise, there is no need for a webcam during this seminar.

Do I need a microphone during the livestreaming seminars?

Not necessarily. If you have a question that requires a dialogue to answer, you may be asked to turn on your microphone to discuss your query.

How can I ask questions during the class?

ZOOM Client for Meetings provides options to Chat and for Q A. Please use the Chat for any technical issues such as signing in with your name and license number and for answering questions the instructor asks the entire class. Please use the Q&A section to type a clear question for the instructor to answer.

Home Study FAQ:
Can I earn CEUs for the Home Study (online) courses?

All Home Study courses are approved for California Acupuncture Board-credited CEUs. The number of units approved for these courses vary depending on the length of the course. Please check the course purchase page for the number of approved units for a specific Home Study seminar.

How long do I have access to a Home Study (online) course?

You will have 14 days from the date of purchase to access a course and finish the quiz (70% is required to pass and receive CEUs). You may purchase a one-time, 14-day viewing extension for an $85.00 convenience fee.

How many Home Study (online) CEUs are permitted for California Acupuncture Board renewal?

All acupuncturists renewing their license are required to complete and list 50 hours of board-approved continuing education courses on their renewal application and sign under penalty of perjury.

No more than 50% of the continuing education requirement may be completed through distance education (eg, online courses, Home Study, correspondence courses)

How do I receive my CEU certificate of completion?

After you finish the online program, you will need to take a quiz with a 70% or higher passing grade. Once you have passed the quiz, the Certificate of Completion will be uploaded into your account within 5 business days and available for you to print. 

What program / software do I need to watch the Home Study (online) video courses?

Home Study is an on-demand, 100% browser-based program. This means you can watch on Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Windows Edge, and Internet Explorer.

Will there be live tech support for Home Study (online) courses?

No. Our Home Study (online) program is viewed from an automatic video platform, therefore, live tech support will not be available. You may forward any questions to info@theacademyofacupuncture.com and we will contact you within 48 hours.

How can I ask questions about the course material being taught in Home Study?

A lively Academy of Acupuncture roundtable is held once every two weeks. In a live, 60-minute, Q&A discussion, Dr Eileen Yue Ling Han fields and answers questions from the livestream audience. This fee to participate in this roundtable is separate from the course tuition. You may purchase an annual subscription at a discounted cost or purchase a one-time Roundtable attendance voucher.

Course completion and CEUs

You will have 14 days from the date of purchase to access a course and finish the quiz (70% is required to pass and receive CEUs). You may also purchase a one-time, 14-day viewing extension for an $85.00 convenience fee.

Once you have passed the quiz, the Certificate of Completion will be uploaded into your account within 5 business days and available for you to print. 

All course purchases are nonrefundable.

Detailed description of our Seminars (Five Arts 山醫命相卜)

Module 1 – Dr. Tan's Core Essentials

This course explores fundamental training on the Five Systems of the Balance Method, which are based on Ba Gua relationships and the Chinese Clock.  Developed by the late Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, this methodology focuses on logical needling of balancing meridians to heal body ailments. Upon completion of this coursework, participants will be able to apply the concepts immediately in practice to develop effective treatments. Note that this program is recommended for both beginning and returning advanced practitioners, as cumulative theoretical learning and needling practice is absolutely necessary for continued elevation of clinical practice.

The 3-day seminar includes:

  • Discussion of Mirroring and Imaging Formats for optimal point selection
  • Live demonstration of distal point techniques (to avoid aggravation of treatment site pain) and hands-on practical applications
  • Examination of actual case studies from the presenter and participants, including complicated scenarios involving musculoskeletal pain in numerous body areas
  • A focus on the treatment of pain (eg, musculoskeletal pain and injuries; chronic pain; tingling, burning, and numbness due to a variety of causes)
  • An emphasis on the use of the least number of needles to achieve great results
  • Integration of foundational methods in a practical format for better assimilation of the material
  • Introduction to and history of the Balance Method
  • Use of holographic images and Mirroring and Imaging Formats
  • Detailed explanations and discussion of Systems One and Two
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • Detailed explanations and discussion of Systems Three, Four, and Five
  • Clarification on when to use each of the Five Systems
  • Interplay and integration of the Systems
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • Review of key concepts from Days 1 and 2
  • How to approach pain disorders when a patient walks into your clinic
  • Case studies and demonstrations
    • Shoulder pain, back/spine treatments, Bells palsy, shingles, nerve pain
    • Unexplained pain disorders and disorders involving multiple regions
  • Choosing minimal needles and distal treatments: demonstrations and case studies from the group
  • Practical concerns, including speaking with patients, handling complications, determining the required number of treatments, and red flags in medical assessments

Module 2 – Dr. Tan's Point Prescriptions

This course will expand on the core principles taught in “Dr. Tan’s Core Essentials.”  All participants must have attended multiple Core Essentials seminars before advancing to this fast-paced, highly detailed coursework. Specific treatments, case studies, and demonstrations will be provided throughout.

This robust 3-day seminar includes:

  • Deep discussion on the treatment of functional and internal disorders
  • Clinical presentation of Yangming, Shaoyang, and Taiyang patterns
  • Use of the Imaging format to treat internal concerns and full-body pain
  • Advanced treatments specific to male and female disorders, such as Dr. Tan’s Eight Magical Points
  • Actual case study explorations of internal syndromes including digestive, respiratory, gynecological, and emotional disorders
  • Exploration of Meridian Conversion—the relationship of channels to the hexagrams, a specialized application of Dr. Tan’s Global-Balance Ba-Gua methods
  • Development of simple treatments that affect the body at a deep energetic level
  • Explanation of Zang-Fu diagnosis and associated Meridian diagnosis for devising effective herbal and acupuncture treatments
  • Discussion of difficult cases and hands-on demonstration showing practical applications of choosing and combining methods
  • Review of Imaging and Mirroring Formats
  • Explanation of the logical structure of the 5 Balance Method Systems
  • Discussion of several conditions and their treatments
    • Functional diseases
    • Respiratory diseases
    • Shen conditions
    • Hormone disorders
  • Recognizing Yangming and Shaoyang disease patterns
  • Dr. Tan’s 4 Magical Points for “narrow front”
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • Recognizing Taiyang disease patterns
  • Dr. Tan’s 4 Magical Points for kidney disorders
  • Discussion of several conditions and their treatments
    • Low back pain
    • Infertility / OB/GYN-concerns
    • Male disorders (ie, prostate disease, infertility, erectile dysfunction)
    • Heat diagnoses
    • Chronic illness
  • Integrating herbal treatments with acupuncture
  • 8 Magical Points for hormone disorders
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • I Ching Theory and Meridian relationship to Ba Gua
  • The 5 Shu-Transporting Points
  • Needling the 5 Transporting points as they correspond to the Yaos
  • Historic uses of Zang-Fu diagnosis to create herbal treatments
  • Equating Zang-Fu diagnosis to Meridian Diagnosis
  • Devising treatments based on Meridian Conversion Therapy
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations

Module 3 / Advanced Track

Practitioners are eligible to take classes in this track when they have completed all previous modules. 

The Advanced Track coursework is sure to enhance your repertoire of treatments.

  • Balance the Five Elements (Based on Ba Gua of the I-Ching)
  • A Season – Based System using Balance Method (Based on Ba Gua of the I-Ching)
  • Dr. Tan’s Strategy of Twelve Magical Points
  • Smart Combos: How to integrate various Balance Method Strategies
  • Balancing the 8 Extra + Scalp Acupuncture
  • Dr. Tan’s Applications of Master Tung’s Acupuncture
  • Treating Marijuana Syndromes with Balance Method and Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • One day with Dr. Han in her Clinic – Case studies with Acupuncture and herbal medicine 

Optional Clinic Observation Externship: This option is designed to supplement the classroom lecture series. Upon acceptance into this one-on-one externship, practitioners spend intensive days in the classroom, followed by up to a 3-hour clinical observation shift with Dr. Eileen Han in her San Diego clinic. Practitioners then return to their own clinics to practice and fine-tune their skills before their next training session.

A minimum 3-hour shift is recommended. However, participants may elect to attend an unlimited number of shift hours. Note that all shift hours may be applied to the 18-40 hour Internship required for premier / Executive Practitioner Balance Method certification.

For more information about Clinical Observation Externship scheduling and requirements ONLY, please e-mail us and send your specific questions.

  • Learn how to translate Zang-Fu and emotional diagnoses into a “Meridian Diagnosis” for an optimally effective treatment
  • Discover one of the most famous and effective Ba Gua Methods using only 2 needles to balance a whole meridian
  • Learn to recognize different body/constitutional types and their associated disorders
  • Achieve resolution of more complicated internal disorders such as insomnia, allergies, hormonal, and psychological conditions
  • Uncover the true meaning of the “Five Interactions” as a dynamic active force
  • Discover Dr. Tan’s invention and the advanced science application of the Five-Elements to Yi Jing hexagrams
  • Learn how to combine the power of the Balance Method and the essence of Five-Elements theory to calm and tonify with a simple combination of points
  • Treat stubborn cases of both stagnation and deficiency; you will be guided through the most common Five Element imbalances
  • Find out how to use the hexagram of the current season to balance the meridians
  • Learn an advanced system designed to address cyclical and seasonal disorders or any pathology triggered by a sudden life event
  • Expand your treatment options for seasonal disorders such as allergies, joint and muscle pain, and depression
  • Discover Dr. Tan’s amazing invention to treat difficult cases involving multiple internal and external disorders
  • Learn a logical yet simple technique to deeply balance and harmonize all 12 meridians using only 12 needles
  • Confidently construct quick and effective treatments for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and diabetes
  • Raise the bar in your clinical practice—this course was created to address the requests of advanced students seeking to apply several of aspects of the Balance Method in 1 treatment
  • Understand how, when, and why to mix treatment strategies in clinical practice
  • Achieve clarity—this is the perfect ending to the four-day intensive
  • Analyze case studies and demos that will clarify how to choose the best strategies in real-life scenarios
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  • Expand your knowledge of the Eight Extras in relation to Balance Method theory
  • Learn how to incorporate the Eight Extras to enhance the effectiveness of your treatments
  • Use confluent points along with the Yin/Yang Balancing Dynamic for extraordinary results
  • Discover which cases are best suited or contraindicated for treatment with the Eight Extras
  • Learn how to translate Zang-Fu and emotional diagnoses into a “Meridian Diagnosis” for an optimally effective treatment
  • Discover one of the most famous and effective Ba Gua Methods using only 2 needles to balance a whole meridian
  • Learn to recognize different body/constitutional types and their associated disorders
  • Achieve resolution of more complicated internal disorders such as insomnia, allergies, hormonal, and psychological conditions

I Ching for Optimal Wellness

Heaven and Humankind Are One:

Learn the Magic of the I Ching to Enhance Your Life

If you’ve ever heard of the I Ching, you may know that the 64 hexagrams within this 2,500 year-old book have been used throughout Chinese history as a diagnostic tool to uncover the roots of and potential treatment approach to a person’s medical or personal concern. In this 4-day course, we will provide the essentials of the I Ching and share the magic of the hexagrams so that you can apply the wisdom of this tome to help guide your life.

In the first 2 days of the program, we will learn about using the I Ching as a tool for gaining objective insights into any situation through analysis of the hexagrams. The last 2 days will dive deeper into the use of the I Ching as a tool for medical diagnosis and treatment. By the end of this engaging and insightful course, you’ll have the practical know-how to use the I Ching as a tool to gain objective advice about your life and your overall well-being.

 

“If you wish to be a great doctor you should be well-versed in I Ching.” – Sun Simiao (581-682)

Welcome to the I Ching, the 2,500 year-old tome used throughout Chinese history as a diagnostic tool to uncover the roots of and potential treatment approach to a person’s medical or personal concern. In this 4-day course, we will discuss the essentials of the I Ching and its 64 hexagrams so that you can apply the wisdom of this tome to help guide your life.

The first two days of the course will cover the practice of the I Ching as a tool for gaining objective insights in any situation by analyzing the hexagrams. The next two days will focus on the application of the hexagrams for medical diagnosis and treatment. At the end of the course, you will know how to use the hexagrams of the I Ching as objective advisors in your personal life as well as in your medical practice.

  • Part I: Introduction, history, and layout of the I Ching

    • Introduction
    • Brief history of early divination in China
    • Short history of the I Ching
    • Contents of the I Chin

    Part II: Structure and application of the hexagram (1): trigrams

    • Exploring the meaning and use of trigrams
    • Student exploration: consulting the I Ching to create your personal hexagram

    Part III: The practice of divination

    • Background: chance, resonance, synchronicity, fate
    • The cardinal rule: “There are no rules”
    • The “coin method”

    Part IV: The structure and application of the hexagram (2): lines

    • Lines: their structure, meanings, and associations
    • Moving lines (dongyao) and how to apply their meaning
    • Student exploration: revisiting personal hexagrams with new findings
  • Part I: Recap of day 1

    • Lingering and new questions from the previous day’s material

    Part II: Structure and application of the hexagram (3): trigram circles

    • Exploration of different circle types (xiantianbagua and houtianbagua)
    • Additional associations and meanings of trigrams

    Part III: Structure and application of the hexagram (4): nuclear trigrams & baoti (90 min)

    • Nuclear trigrams and their obstructions
    • Upper and lower nuclear trigrams
    • Enveloping trigrams (baoti)
    • Student exploration: re-examination of personal hexagrams with new findings

    Part IV: Structure and application of the hexagram (5): sancai

    • A short history: heaven, man, and earth
    • Meaning and application of the sancai in trigrams, hexagrams, and line relationships
    • Student exploration: re-examination of personal hexagrams with new findings

    Part V: Knowledge checkpoint: putting it all together

    • Group sessions
    • Evaluation

    Part VI: Guidelines about divination: sharing thoughts and experiences

    • Background and old and new perspectives
    • Reality vs expectation
    • Focusing on images and intuition
    • Using the hexagram toward reaching goals
    • Battling a future fallacy
  • Part I: Recap of day 2

    • Lingering and new questions from the previous day’s material

    Part II: Short history of divination for health

    • Oracles bones
    • Early manuscripts and philosophy

    Part III: Application of the trigrams for medical purposes

    • Trigrams as body parts, organs, symptoms, influences, and typology
    • Examples of applications
    • Student exploration: consultation and application of the Yijing for real cases

    Part III: Application of the lines for medical purposes

    • Lines as a representation of the body or illness
    • Associations with Chinese Medicine
    • Meanings and associations of moving lines
    • Student exploration time

    Part IV: Moving trigrams

    • The meaning of unbalanced trigrams in Chinese Medicine
    • How to regain balance
    • Meanings for a possible treatment
    • Student exploration time
  • Part I: Recap of day 3

    • Overview of final day syllabus
    • Lingering and new questions from the previous day’s material

    Part II: Nuclear trigrams and baoti (90 min)

    • Hidden meanings of nuclear trigrams
    • Enveloping trigrams (baoti)
    • Student exploration time

    Part III: Houtianbagua and season strength (90 min)

    • Trigrams, organs, and timeliness
    • Student exploration time

    Part IV: Exercises and practice

    Final questions and course evaluation

The Three Essentials: Bā Zì 八字

Decoding the connection between birth-determined personal timing and wellness
In Chinese culture, there are Three Essentials, or factors, critical to attaining and maintaining physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well being: Ba Zi, Timing, and Environment Design Medicine.

Our The Three Essentials Seminar:

  • Explains how to read and interpret a Ba Zi chart
  • Delves into the importance of personal versus timing
  • Explores Ba Zi timing in determining optimal treatments
  • Touches on advanced Chinese philosophy on the Three Essentials and the role of these factors in manifesting a more robust and fulfilling life.

Ba Zi can significantly improve your practice

  • Provides insight into patient strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities which may impact past, present, and future conditions
  • Helps identify patient personality, thinking patterns, and disposition to facilitate communication
  • Aids in diagnosis and may help you address emotional blockages inhibiting treatment outcomes
  • Offers a deeper look into the root of more complex issues, including Shen disorders, chronic illness, and recurring conditions

Ba Zi will help you learn more about yourself

  • Your own Ba Zi chart will reveal inborn intricacies that have shaped your emotional, mental, and physical self
  • Details uncovered in your Ba Zi assessment will help you identify people, developments, opportunities, and dynamics that can enrich your life and your practice

No Prerequisite. This class is open to anyone seeking to learn about Ba Zi for personal or professional benefit!

  • This seminar focuses on the stepwise process for developing a Ba Zi chart. Participants will become proficient in creating a person’s constitutional chart based on their date, time,  and place of birth. We encourage you to come to class with the birth data of some of your patients, particularly those with challenging conditions. Note, however, that pathologies and treatments will not be discussed in this class.
    Participants will need to memorize all Chinese characters required to conduct Ba Zi readings. The meaning and classical origin of each character will be explained and participants will learn how to properly write and pronounce each symbol.
    Additionally, the Three Essentials will be defined and explained within the context of the 10 stems and 12 branches of a patient’s birth chart.
  • In this next level, we will learn how to analyze shen levels by using the birth data of your patients. Participants will be taught the necessary tools for more profound analysis of personality traits, family relationships, and primary life flow. Please feel free to bring cases from your clinic, relatives, or friends to practice these important skills. The instructor will  also demonstrate how to present an analysis to a patient or client.
    Before coming to class, please study the handouts for Level 2 and practice using the videos provided in the “Learning Tools”.
  • In this class, we will study more complex Ba Zi charts and learn to quickly, accurately, and reliably identify the main pattern of a person’s chart using simple rules. The class is based on a deeper understanding of Tian Gan (Heavenly Stems) and Di Zhi (Earthly Branches ) and outcomes of their interaction. This class is an ideal mix of theory and practical application; demonstrations will introduce how to start developing treatments based on Ba Zi.

    Before coming to class, please review the handouts for Level 3 and practice using the videos provided in the “Learning Tools”.

  • This module will focus on the detailed effects of postnatal Qi on a person’s chart. The class is based on a deeper understanding of how Ba Zi interacts with the three essentials of Earth (Feng Shui), Humans (inter-personal relationships) and Heaven (time). We will learn how to assess the relationships between a person’s chart and the three essentials, and illustrate how each of them can contribute to both health & disease. Advanced therapeutic strategies based on Ba Zi which incorporate Feng Shui, Herbs, Acupuncture, counseling and chronotherapy will be discussed.

    Before coming to class, please review the handouts for level 4 and practice using the videos provided in “Learning Tools”.

  • This module will focus on the detailed effects of postnatal Qi on a person’s chart. The class is based on a deeper understanding of how Ba Zi interacts with the three essentials of Earth (Feng Shui), Humans (inter-personal relationships) and Heaven (time). We will learn how to assess the relationships between a person’s chart and the three essentials, and illustrate how each of them can contribute to both health & disease. Advanced therapeutic strategies based on Ba Zi which incorporate Feng Shui, Herbs, Acupuncture, counseling and chronotherapy will be discussed.

    Before coming to class, please review the handouts for level 4 and practice using the videos provided in “Learning Tools”.