Pre-Symposium Workshops

The optional Pre-Symposium workshops are 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 10, 2014 from 8am-5:30pm. 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 workshop) 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 – “Eight Modalities for Working with Qi”

Gabriel Stux, MD
This Workshop draws on more than 30 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and new methods and modalities of energy medicine. Of these eight modalities, different ways of using qigong and meditation are the most essential.

Special attention is given to conscious breathing with regard to different parts of the body, and the chakras, and to using the hands to help bring increased awareness to these spaces within the body. This approach facilitates the interconnections between the Organs by drawing on their five sources of energy (qi or prana) and circulating this in the nourishing Mother–Child (sheng, ) cycle of the Five Elements (wuxing, ). The main intention of this workshop is to bring soul and body more together and connect the soul with the  spaces of the five zang organs. Additionally, awareness is directed to the flow of energy, focusing on the light level of the life force in the chakras. When the crown chakra has been opened as the first modality, light and energy can flow from the soul (the eighth chakra) into the heart space and then through the whole body. This awareness of light exemplifies the spiritual application of the different modalities.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to –

  • Recognize the energy of the different organs and functions in relation with chakras
  • Understand and practice acupuncture in connection with organ flow qi gong
  • Describe the 7 chakras, their location and functions
  • Practice organ flow qi gong meditation and chakra acupuncture

Workshop II – “Pearls of Medical Acupuncture: From Philosophical, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Perspectives”

Steven K.H. Aung, MD
Medical acupuncture is the application of the ancient art of needling of specific body points to realign the physiological and pathological imbalances in the human body. This presentation focuses on methods in choosing philosophical pearls—the most essential acupoints—in various TCM approaches of Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Zang Fu, Qi, Blood and Essence. Furthermore, the presentation aims to share a comprehensive knowledge on accurate TCM diagnosis through visual inspection, auscultation, olfactory inquiry and palpation. It also describes the vital importance of inspection of the tongue, ears, hands, and pulse in medical diagnoses. In properly choosing acupuncture points, not only is the physical aspect considered but rather a holistic approach which includes the mental and spiritual perspectives are given key importance. Given that most chronic patients have symptoms and conditions that are often associated with spiritual components, it is thus imperative that medical practitioners of the 21st century understand an integrative approach to effectively provide health and wellness to our patients.

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

  • Appreciate the value of the philosophical aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 
  • Understand the importance of accurate diagnosis in TCM 
  • Properly apply the therapeutic TCM approaches for various disorders

Workshop III – “Living the Dao: Illuminating the Path to Healing”

Jeffrey Yuen, Lac

Healing is one of the most elusive processes within the human body. It can infer the absence of sign and symptoms, the life-changing choices to be made in efforts to heal, or even the provision toward death. Many modalities and systems of medicine have evolved in asserting how to heal and what needs to occur in the process of healing. Yet none can address why healing occurs. Within Chinese medicine as a system in modernity, it too had found difficulty in addressing the “nature” of healing. Jeffrey Yuen, coming from a Daoist perspective, this workshop will commit to exploring, provoking, and reflecting on the themes that are considered fundamental to understanding and embracing healing. 

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

  • Understand the concepts of healing and health
  • Describe the impact of social and religious influences on health
  • Explain the role of acupuncture and TCM on individual’s level of awareness in healing
  • Recognize the insights and empowerment through reflective meditations 

Workshop IV – “Korean Hand Acupuncture, Intermediate Level

Yue-Pang (Patrick) Mok, MD, FAAMA 

Dr. Mok will begin with reviewing the basic principles of Korean Hand Acupuncture Therapy (KHT); and then will have more in depth discussion on constitutional balance through the Yin –Yang pulse diagnosis.  

Advanced KHT techniques will be presented which include the explanation of comprehensive KHT strategies and the application of the Eight Curious Meridian pulse diagnosis and treatments. Ample of opportunity will be provided for extensive hands on practice. 

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

  • Understand the theory of KHT
  • Explain correspondence symptomatic therapy
  • Describe constitutional balance
  • Recognize the Extraordinary Meridians approach through KHT
  • Demonstrate the Meridian therapy in KHT
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