Twentieth Anniversary Symposium of
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
April 10-13, 2008
Marriott Wardman Park
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is pleased to present a symposium which meets the expressed need of physician acupuncturists to examine the mechanisms of acupuncture from several different perspectives and for more information on scientific studies and research findings regarding acupuncture. This meeting addresses topics suggested by practitioners and stresses the different acupuncture approaches to dealing with every day practical clinical problems with an emphasis on the scientific evidence for those approaches. Physicians have expressed the desire for exposure to alternative approaches to common clinical challenges. The different disciplines of acupuncture to be reviewed include Neuro-Anatomic, Energetics, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. We will look at the different ways of treating the same clinical problems using these different disciplines, thus giving physicians not only a choice for treatment but also the sophistication of combining two or more disciplines to strengthen the efficacy of their treatment.
The thrust of this conference is to offer a multi-tiered approach to the understanding and clinical significance of acupuncture in a physician's daily practice, and to expand the awareness and understanding of the scientific research ongoing to examine the effects of acupuncture and acupuncture efficacy. It is designed to provide physicians with information on different approaches to the treatment of common conditions seen in clinical practice so that they may tailor acupuncture treatments to the needs of their individual patients. The conference focuses on clinically relevant treatment approaches and techniques which the physician acupuncturist can put to immediate use.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Symposium is designed for instruction and training of physicians (MDs and DOs) interested in or already practicing acupuncture. Physicians with no experience and those with extensive background in medical acupuncture will find the program useful to their medical practices.
The 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. Those physicians with an interest in investigating the pathophysiology of psychosomatic and psychiatric disorders integrating Western and Chinese medicine and a modernized view of Chinese medical theories should consider the Workshop with Dr. Thomas Ots on "Acupuncture in Psychosomatics and Psychiatry". He will compare the two cultures' varied concepts and discuss the potential integration of treatment approaches.
For practitioners interested in alternative approaches to the treatment of geriatric patients, the workshop by Dr. Dr. Francisco Lozano, "Geriatrics and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture", should be of particular interest. Dr. Lozano will set the stage by reviewing traditional Chinese Theory on the pathophysiology of aging and modern research on the mechanisms of aging. He will then discuss the theory and use of acupuncture and moxibustion for the prevention, treatment, and slowing of the progression of aging in those over the age of 35. He will review the large body of modern research on the effect of acupuncture and moxibustion to slow aging via regulatory effects on sex hormones, lipid metabolism, immune function, and improvement of clinical symptoms in the elderly.
For those practitioners who are seeking a refresher on the basic acupuncture treatment approaches and techniques, the workshop taught by Senior Preceptors of the Helms Medical Institute may be the workshop of choice. "HMI tune up" will be a day of intensive review of important acupuncture points used daily to manage many pain and functional problems. Regions of common musculoskeletal pain will be addressed through anatomy, palpation, needling patterns and techniques of stimulation. Participants will have the opportunity to solidify their clinical skills and return to practice with greater acupuncture confidence. This is a hands-on practice session.
Finally, for those intrigued with the potential for diagnosis as well as treatment of a wide spectrum of health problems using ear pathomorphology, the workshop with Dr Li Chun Huang may offer new appreciation for this Chinese approach to auricular acupuncture. Dr. Huang will focus on diagnosis and treatment using the earlobe, which is related to the head and face in auricular medicine. Her analysis has led to conclusions regarding the anatomy and pathomorphology of the ear lobe which provides a pathway to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of sleep disorders, anxiety and depression, and various disorders of the ears, eyes, throat and face. She will present various approaches which can be utilized to successfully treat these conditions.
Physicians with over 200 hours of formal medical acupuncture training and more than three years experience may choose the workshops that best suit their interest.
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 the Symposium for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Each Pre-Symposium workshop has been designated for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the activity.
PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP I: "Acupuncture in Psychosomatics and Psychiatry"
Physicians attending this workshop by Dr. Thomas Ots will: Learn the pathophysiology of psychosomatic and psychiatric disorders and review the integration of Western and Chinese medicine and a modernized view of Chinese medical theories in developing appropriate treatments. Understand the similarities and differences in the two cultures' concepts of psyche, emotions and body. Learn the function of the limbic system and related brain structures as bridges between psyche and soma. Appreciate the symptom pattern diagnosis in emothionally related disorders. Understand through discussion of case histories the usees for acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Qigong and other body related therapies. Learn about the need for a modernized vciew of Chinese medical theories and for a new model of stress in Western Medicine.
PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP II: "Geriatrics and Traditional Chinese Medicine"
Physicians attending this workshop by Francisco Lozano will: Will learn the impact of traditional Chinese theory on the pathophysiology aging and modern research done on mechanisms of aging. Understand the theory and use of moxibustion for both prevention, treatment and slowing progression of diseases in people 35 years and older. Will learn the results of modern research on the effect of acupuncture and moxibustion to slow aging. Understand the regulatory effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on sex hormones, lipid metabolism, immune function and improvement of clinical symptoms in the elderly.
PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP III: "HMI Tune Up"
Physicians attending this workshop taught by HMI Preceptors will: Have reviewed the important acupuncture points used daily to manage many pain and functional problems encountered clinically. Understand the treatment of regions of common musculoskeletal pain when addressed through anatomy, palpation, needling patterns and stimulation techniques. Solidify their knowledge and clinical skills in the use of acupuncture for the most common clinical situations. Experience through hands-on practice and observation the treatment approaches to the most common clinical situations.
PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP IV: "Auricular Diagnosis and Treatment on the Ear Lobe (head and face)."
Physicians attending this workshop by Dr. Li Chun Huang will: Learn about the discoveries by Dr. Huang about the anatomy and pathomorphology of the earl lobe. Be able to describe the specific areas, grooves and lines related to longevity, memory and cognitive function, vertigo, sleep and dream disturbances, anxiety and depression, sensory disorders and tumor diagnosis. Learn the general parameters of diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, eyes, nose throat and mouth using the earlobe. Appreciate the potential benefit of the ear lobe in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, astigmatism, myopia, allergy, snoring, sleep apnea and other disorders of the face. Review the use of the ear lob in the auricular treatment of drug, alcohol and smoking addiction as well as for weight loss.
Physicians attending the Symposium will be able to:
Understand how to integrate acupuncture into a contemporary medical practice. Understand the opportunities to utilize various approaches to the treatment of pain, headaches, musculoskeletal problems and common medical conditions. Learn the theoretical basis of and practical treatment techniques of acupuncture in the treatment of pain and common medical conditions. Learn how certain medical conditions are evaluated and treated utilizing a scalp acupuncture technique. Learn the findings of recent research around the world on the effects and efficacy of acupuncture and the practice implications. Learn how the potential benefits of taking a more holistic approach to patient assessment and treatment. Better understand the concepts of classical Chinese theories in the practical use of acupuncture in treatment approaches in a modern clinical setting. Learn how conditions commonly found in clinical practice can be treated using any one of several acupuncture approaches, or in combination, thus enhancing overall treatment results.