Pre-Symposium Workshops

The optional Pre-Symposium is intended to provide a more concentrated learning experience where the faculty can spend the entire day focused on a topic in greater depth and with more time for practical examples from clinical experiences.

Workshops are scheduled concurrently on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. Continental breakfast and refreshment breaks are provided. Lunch is on your own. 


The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture designates this live activity (each Pre-Symposium) for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Workshop I – "Pediatric Acupuncture in Classical Chinese Medicine"

Jeffrey Yuen

Pediatrics is one of the major structured specialties developed by the Imperial Medical Academy during the Song Dynasty, following the dictates established by Qian Yi (1032-1113 CE). Children are frequently considered fragile, and their constitutions need to be properly protected and nourished. In addition, the foundation of their Shen is considered unstable, which is becoming increasingly evident in modern cultures. This pre-symposium will focus on the health of neonates and their progression into young children. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining wellness and how to treat common pediatric conditions utilizing acupuncture from the viewpoint of Classical Chinese Medicine.

Jeffrey Yuen is an 88th generation Daoist Priest of the Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School and 26th generation of the Complete Reality Dragon Gate School. Jeffrey trained under his adopted grandfather, the late Daoist Master Yu Wen (1872-1981) of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai, a sect from the Shang Qing tradition of Daoism that developed during the later Han Dynasty (3rd Cent. CE).  Master Yu Wen trained at Mt. Hua and learned all facets of Daoism, including the classics; rites and liturgies; healing arts; and divination. 

Jeffrey Yuen speaks worldwide. He is one of the most recognized scholars, teachers, and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine. His expertise includes Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, the therapeutic use of Stones and Essential Oils, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Daoism. His teachings are rooted in the spiritual tradition of Daoist mysticism bringing clarity, depth, and wisdom to Chinese Medicine.


Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to –

  • Define pre-natal environment and gestational influences on the neonate
  • Discuss Shen, energetics, and development in children
  • Identify diagnostic characteristics in childhood illnesses
  • Develop treatment strategies for common pediatric disorders using acupuncture and related techniques
  • Recommend dietary and other associated interventions for children

Workshop II – "Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture"

Darrell Wallace, LAc

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is named after Japanese physician, Toshikatsu Yamamoto, MD, PhD, who developed this acupuncture system in the early 1970’s.  He first reported his work at the 25th Ryodoraku Congress in 1973 in Osaka, Japan.  YNSA is a complete microsystem using basic (anatomical) and other points which are located mainly on the scalp.  These points are used to treat musculoskeletal and neurological conditions (including stroke) with pain and/or restricted mobility.  The treatments are effective and immediate.

Since its introduction Dr. Yamamoto has continued to advance his initial discoveries with additional points and somatotopes.

Darrell Wallace, LAc, Dipl.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and lecturer who specializes in Japanese palpatory acupuncture and YNSA scalp acupuncture. He is a graduate of Williams College and New England School of Acupuncture, and completed premedical course work at Harvard University. His studies with Dr. Yamamoto began in 2004 and he has continued to attend YNSA seminars in Japan annually since 2008.  In doing so he is one of only a handful of practitioners who is personally authorized by Dr. Yamamoto to teach his method.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to –  

  • Recognize the differences between Chinese Scalp Acupuncture and Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA)
  • Locate the YNSA Basic Points and Cranial Nerve points
  • Demonstrate proficiency with neck diagnosis
  • Perform a treatment for neck and low back pain

Workshop III – "Korean Hand Therapy: Introductory and Intermediate Workshop"

Lowell E. Kobrin, MD, PhD, FAAMA

This workshop will cover the essentials for successful diagnosis and treatment using Korean Hand Therapy. The practitioner should have a comfortable knowledge of the body acupuncture meridians and points, the Eight Principles and Zang/Fu theory as well as a solid understanding of Five Phase dynamics (Shen and Ke cycles) and a basic understanding of Extraordinary (Curious) meridians.

Participants will be provided the basic information needed to begin using the Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) microsystem. The KHT system, discovered by Dr. Tae-Woo Yoo, provides a complete template of the traditional meridian system of the body, but the treatments are very delicate, efficient, rapid, safe and highly effective. Any system of acupuncture can be applied to the KHT microsystem with the same results as using the traditional body points. The content of this introductory course will include Micromeridian anatomy and theory, methods for stimulating the KHT points, correspondence therapy, basic (three Jiao) therapy and formulary therapy (e.g. Four Gates, Source points, Mu points, etc.).

The workshop will also explore Three Constitutions Diagnosis as a basis for Five Element and Extraordinary meridian therapy. Abdominal palpation skills and carotid/radial pulse diagnosis to determine excess or deficiency states in the Zang/Fu with extraordinary accuracy will be taught. Demonstrations and practice will be done using class participants or volunteer patients.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to –

  • Translate the traditional body acupuncture points to the KHT microsystem points.
  • Utilize the physical and emotional conditions to determine whether to use simple correspondence treatment, meridian therapy, five element therapy or extraordinary meridian therapy.
  • Utilize abdominal palpation to determine excess or deficiency states in the twelve channels.
  • Utilize abdominal palpation along with the carotid/radial pulse widths to determine with great accuracy which of the eight extraordinary meridians are appropriate to use in the patient.
  • Assess the results of treatment and when to order tests for a more structural evaluation (e.g. lab work or radiological studies) or to refer the patient to an appropriate specialist.   

Workshop IV – "Advanced Acupuncture for Mental and Emotional Health"

Susie Hayes, LAc

As a conscientious Medical Acupuncturist, it is imperative to consider the mental and emotional well-being of a patient to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Ancient medical texts from thousands of years ago insist upon an inextricable link between mental and physical health, giving tremendous importance to the Mental (Jing Shen) in physiology and all considerations of pathological processes.
This lecture fuses the deep wealth of ancient medical wisdom with advances in conventional medicine, creating practical approaches for the management of psychological conditions seen too commonly in the clinic today.  Particularly, the material will focus on anxiety, insomnia, and depression. You will receive a unique synthesis from the ancient medical texts, as clinically practiced, researched, and taught over the past several decades by doctors Tran Viet Dzung, MD and Nguyen Van Nghi, MD.  This clinical approach continues to be practiced by thousands of acupuncturists and physicians throughout the world. Reflecting his view of the integral nature of Jing Shen in health and illness, Dr. Tran is often heard noting, "the Mental is everything!"
This course invites you to revisit the information you learned in your medical and acupuncture training from a deeper theoretical, integrative, and clinical perspective. It will generously provide comprehensive, synthesized, practical information from the ancient texts and modern sciences, to lead to significantly improved clinical results for all patient conditions, but particularly in the common cases of anxiety, insomnia and depression. 

Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to –

  • Describe the formation and physiology of the Jing Shen (Mental aspect) of each organ system – the Hun, Shen, Yi, Po, and Zhi—that allows the organ to function and promote internal homeostasis.
  • Discuss how the Jing Shen (Mental) and internal homeostasis are susceptible to illness, via the pathways of the potential enemies of anger and frustration, anxiety and excess joy, worry and preoccupation, sadness and grief, and fear and stress.
  • Identify symptomatology and pathology that can present from the Jing Shen having been harmed by stress, overwork, and the above negative psychological emotions.
  • Utilize acupuncture techniques to preserve and protect the Jing Shen (Mental), its corresponding organ system, and internal homeostasis, and to inhibit the negative psychological enemies to prevent and treat illness.


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