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 23, 2020 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 – "Existential Crises, Mood Disorders & The 8 Extras"

Yvonne Farrell, DAOM, LAc

This Pre-Symposium Workshop will explore the archetypal nature of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels. These jing vessels support growth, developing and our capacity to adapt in the face of change.  The 8 extras fund the evolution of consciousness.

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

  • Support mental health with the 8 Extraordinary Vessels;
  • Recognize pathology in each vessels;
  • Review points, pathways and functions for each vessels;
  • Create simple and effective treatments using the 8 Extraordinary Vessels for psycho-emotional imbalances

Workshop II – "Principles and Practice of Auricular Acupuncture"

Nader Soliman, MD, FAAMA

This workshop will introduce attendees to the history of utilizing the ear for treatment in different cultures throughout history until the full discovery of the auricular acupuncture microsystem by the French physician Dr. Paul Nogier in the 1950's.

Attendees will gain knowledge on the auricular somatotopic presentation of the various organs and structures as introduced by Dr. Paul Nogier.  The somatotopic presentation is known as the inverted fetus presentation. Attendees will also be introduced to the modified presentation known as Chinese ear acupuncture.

An in depth study of the inverted fetus presentation as introduced by Paul Nogier and its relevance of being incorporated into the daily practice of physicians to help with diagnostic techniques and help offering additional options for the treatment of energetic and pathological conditions on the somatic, emotional, and psychological spheres.

Attendees will be introduced to the evolution of the auricular acupuncture microsystem since its introduction.  The principles of the three-phase auricular acupuncture microsystem and the highly sophisticated auricular medicine system will be discussed.

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

  • Describe the history and the evolution of the auricular acupuncture microsystem
  • Integrate the practice of auricular acupuncture with the practice of body acupuncture
  • Utilize the auricular acupuncture microsystem as an independent treatment approach
  • Utilize the auricular acupuncture and microsystem to help with the diagnosis and the treatment of various medical conditions facing the practitioners on a daily basis
  • Explore utilizing the acupuncture microsystem for acupuncture and medical research

Workshop III – "Balance System Acupuncture: Single Systems Balancing"

Sonia Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP

This workshop provides the basic foundations of five main systems of Balance System Acupuncture, an evolution of Balance Method. The systems are rooted in the concept of healing the body by balancing meridians.

Students will learn the history of the Balance Method/System, the basis of each of the Five Systems, and the logical processes for determining the meridians to acupuncture, including an easy-to-use format to outline the treatment plan. Learn how to apply the quick, efficient results effectively! Particular attention will be paid to musculo-skeletal conditions in this introductory level.

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

  • Contextualize the Balance Method/System within the history of the acupuncture field
  • Outline the development of the six systems/strategies
  • Identify the name and numbers of the six systems/strategies and describe how each balances a meridian
  • Apply a mirror and imaging concept to choose the acupuncture points on the body
  • Locate specific acupuncture points within the Balance System
  • Outline and follow the steps used in the Balance System to diagnose and treat health conditions
  • Diagnose which meridians are sick and apply a treatment plan

Workshop IV – "Constitutional Facial Acupuncture: The New Protocols"

Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, LAc, MS, MM

This workshop in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture introduces the use of gentle origin/insertion techniques for facial needling to address muscle imbalances related to emotional expression.  The Jing, Ying and Wei levels of treatment, along with specialized “Shen” scalp points, address underlying constitutional and psychospiritual imbalances. The application of topical Chinese herbs further enhances the results of the facial needling.  A full demonstration of the protocol will be provided.



Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, attendees will learn  –

  • Design and implement facial acupuncture treatments utilizing acupuncture protocols based upon origin/insertion acu-muscle techniques
  • Design constitutional acupuncture treatments utilizing the Jing, Ying, and Wei levels
  • Identify the psychoemotional "Shen" scalp points to enhance acupuncture treatments
  • Learn concepts to apply a topical Chinese herbal treatment protocol to enhance the results of facial needling

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