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 6, 2017 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 – "Principles and Applications of Osteopathic Manipulation for Medical Acupuncturists: A Dozen and more treatment techniques to use Monday Morning"

Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA

Dr. Sandweiss will present his favorite "Hands-On" treatment techniques for relieving pain and dysfunction of common conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic, sacral, upper and lower extremities regions. These treatments may be used before or after acupuncture to increase the successful resolution of pain, weakness and dysfunction. These time-tested treatments can stand alone without acupuncture application. Drawing on his 38 years of clinical experience, Dr. Sandweiss will treat attendees to many clinical pearls in a relaxed, playful atmosphere of learning.



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

  • Define and describe Somatic Dysfunction
  • Define and describe the concept  of motion barriers
  • Review the functional anatomy of the axial skeleton,cranium, and extremities
  • Review the principles of spinal motion
  • Practice palpatory exercises to locate restricted body regions
  • Practice manual techniques to release restricted areas
  • Learn manual muscle tests that evaluate local joint mechanics and muscle inhibition
  • Explain and demonstrate how medical acupuncturists can integrate manual techniques with acupuncture

Workshop II – "Auricular Causative Diagnosis: Approach for the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Locomotor Conditions"

Nadia Volf, MD, PhD and Leonid Ferdman, MD

This practical workshop will allow participants to follow Nadia Volf in complete treatment of patients (voluntary participants). Started by auricular diagnosis, the analysis of visual marks on auricular points indicating the patient's symptoms and manipulations to identify their cause.

Once identified, the fragility in the internal organ leading to the development of the disease and finding the explanation of its development, Nadia Volf establishes an individualized treatment strategy for each patient, incorporating ear points and body points. Nadia Volf will explain detailed therapeutic approach and will perform the treatment. According to the level of the pathology, the treatment may include the primary meridians, but also tendino-muscular, divergent and 8 extraordinary meridians.

This is a unique opportunity for participants to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Nadia Volf, to allow them to apply these knowledges to their own patients.

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

  • Map auricular points and their interactions
  • Recognize the visual marks and find the inner cause of the symptom’s development
  • Treat effectively symptoms according to their inner cause with ear and body acupuncture points in different levels: symptomatic, immunity and constitutional (genetic)
  • Identify and prevent the fragility of the body and treat it before the onset of disease

Workshop III – "Master Tung's Magic Points"

Susan Johnson, LAc

The primary goal of this eight hour course is to provide medical acupuncturists with an understanding of the energetics employed when using Master Tung’s Magic Points. Susan will present a brief history of Tung’s Point system and a selection of some of the most commonly used points for daily clinical use. Following this class, participants will be able to utilize the points discussed, immediately, in their own clinical setting. In this introductory course, a variety of Susan’s favorite points in Master Tung’s system are presented in depth, with precise anatomical location, operative theory, indications, and crystal-clear digital video footage. These seminars are designed for both beginning and advanced practitioners.



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

  • Summarize the history of Tung’s Points in the USA.
  • Review the use of The Nine Stars of the Magic Square and how we can use it to help with the selection of points within Tung’s Acupuncture system for structural issues and pain.
  • Discuss the seven operative theories involved in the proper use of Tung’s Points: Opposite-side needling technique, Dao Ma or Back Horse technique, Active Qi-moving technique, Five Element Relationships, Guiding Points, I-Ching Relationships and Bleeding techniques.
  • Utilize a variety of points and point patterns from Tung’s system of points, including: point location, operative theory, indications, needling techniques, contraindications and a digital video presentation of location and technique for every point presented.

Workshop IV – "Pediatric Acupuncture and Shonishin"

Raven Lang, OMD, LAc

Shonishin is a pediatric method developed in Japan, which was based upon TCM theories from 2000 years ago. It first came into practice in the 17th century, but in the last 75 years has become the main treatment for children throughout Japan. In North America it has been utilized in family practices or in a practice specializing in pediatrics. This form of acupuncture is baby/child friendly and is easy to administer.

When a child is well, they receive shonishin once per month. When there is a problem, weekly treatments are usually adequate until the adjustments and changes are made and corrected. When a problem is acute, treatment can be daily.

Shonishin is used for the maintenance of wellness, prevention of disease, and also for conditions of disharmony, illness, or pathology. Treatment will stimulate the immune system by stimulating endorphin production in the body, which in turn stimulates healing. It also addresses the spirit and gives a general wellness feeling to the child.

Shonishin is normally given with a series of tools, which can be purchased through OMS or any type of TCM supplier. These tools are used for a rhythmic rubbing, tapping, bleeding, and scratching along meridians or in areas of the body such as the lungs, stomach, Ming Men or Dantian. Needle insertion is also part of shonishin, but treatment is often done without any insertion. If a needle is used, it is a very thin gauge.

This form of acupuncture can be used from birth until the child is ready for regular acupuncture treatments.

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

  • Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to give Shonishin to children of all ages and understand the techniques for tonification or sedation.
  • Determine if the child needs acupuncture needles and know how to administer them with ease.
  • Teach the parents pro-active skills to strengthen the child and to augment the medicine between the visits to the doctor’s office. You will learn how to instruct parents with simple daily techniques to do for each child, and to ward off common problems with age-old common sense relationships to weather, diet, and lifestyle.
  • Common pediatric problems such as ear infections, coughs, lowered immunity, skin, and problems in appetite, digestion, and elimination will be thoroughly addressed.


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