“Celebrating 25 years of Medical Acupuncture”
May 2-5, 2013
Pre-Symposium Workshops -- Thursday, May 2, 2013
Chair: Yuan-Chi Lin. MD, FAAMA
Pre-Symposium Workshop I:
“Engaging Vitality, Listening to Qi and Responding Effectively in Clinical
Dan Bensky, DO and Charles (Chip)
Efficacy in acupuncture is grounded in our therapeutic engagement with qi. To do this well we must listen to our patients, not just with our ears but with our hands. Chinese medicine relies heavily on palpatory findings in its diagnostic process. Although pulse and abdominal diagnosis are hallmarks of this medicine they represent just fraction of the information available. In this seminar, participants will be introduced to a few key palpatory techniques drawn from osteopathy that will assist them in more effectively listening to and engaging qi. Foremost among these are manual thermal diagnosis and cranial rhythmic impulse.
When the function of a tissue in the human body is stressed, it emits a subtle but distinct thermal signature. The technique of perceiving such thermal signatures with one's hand and is known as manual thermal diagnosis. Acupuncture points emit thermal signatures when they are active, and once mastered, manual thermal diagnosis is a reliable means of selecting the most appropriate acupuncture points at any given moment. Manual thermal diagnosis may also be used in acupuncture as a means of assessing the overall vitality of an individual's qi.
The cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI) is one of the human body's fundamental physiological rhythms. Its overall quality and amplitude is a reliable measure of its qi and specifically the yang, making it an invaluable diagnostic tool. Improvements in the quality and amplitude of the CRI are also an immediate indicator of the efficacy of one's acupuncture treatment. The CRI is palpable anywhere in the body, however, its amplitude will be diminished in those regions where the flow of qi is restricted. The identification of these localized restrictions in the CRI is also a useful means of targeting the locus of disease and the optimal place to begin treating it.
Such techniques are primarily diagnostic in nature and as such, they are readily integrated with nearly any style of acupuncture. They provide a means for the fundamental concepts of Chinese medicine to quite literally come to life in our hands.
Pre-Symposium Workshop II:
“Auricular Therapy: A Clinically Effective Microsystem”
Nader Soliman, MD, FAAMA
The acupuncture micro-systems are commonly used today with great effectiveness. To those unfamiliar with these impressive systems the pre-symposium is an invaluable opportunity to learn about them. For those who are already familiar with these systems this is an inestimable opportunity to polish their knowledge and add sophisticated approaches to their everyday clinical practice.
The pre-symposium will address the basic understanding of the acupuncture micro-systems in general with particular consideration to the auricular acupuncture micro-system as a model.
The indications, contraindications and the basic somatotopic presentation of the inverted fetus presentation will be fully discussed. The various types of the auricular acupuncture micro-system practiced currently will be compared.
The pre-symposium will also explore the clinical implications of using the auricular acupuncture micro-system in our daily clinical practice addressing many important treatments for such complicated medical problems such as addiction, pain control and obesity among others.
At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to
- Develop sound understanding to the functionality of the acupuncture micro-systems, their indications, contra-indications, and methods of integrating their techniques in every day clinical practice.
- Immediately and effectively introduce the acupuncture micro-systems to combat many common medical problems and add new dimensions of efficient approaches to some of the most refractory medical conditions.
- Have the firm basis to proceed to study the more advanced forms of the acupuncture micro-systems such as the three-phase auricular therapy, three-phase hand acupuncture, and auricular medicine.
Pre-Symposium Workshop III
“Diagnostic and Treatment Aspects of Five Element Acupuncture ”
Charles Moss, MD, FAAMA
Five Element acupuncture is a modern application of a traditional acupuncture approach that focuses on the person who has the disease as well as treating symptoms. Five Element acupuncture as presented in this workshop, popularized by JR Worsley in the 1970s, is rooted in the ideas found in the Nei Jing and appreciates both the physical, emotional and spirit aspects of the person.
Five Element acupuncture is applicable in a wide range of functional problems, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Diagnosis is based on the underlying Constitutional Factor and the Officials for that Element. Attendees will learn how to organize the medical history to focus on the constitutional energetic pattern through open-ended questioning and observational skills. Pulse diagnosis techniques applicable to the Five Element paradigm will be introduced.
The unique treatment methods of Five Element acupuncture will be discussed including needle technique of tonification and direct moxibustion. Treatments including the major energetic blocks such as aggressive energy, Husband-Wife imbalance and the Seven Dragons as well as specific treatment sequences for each element will be presented. The Adaptation Types, a means of empowering patients to reduce their stress response will be discussed as well. To maximize the information in this workshop it is suggested that attendees read Power of the Five Elements by Charles Moss, MD prior to the workshop.
Pre-Symposium Workshop IV:
“From Energetics to Integration”
Instructor Mitchell Elkiss, DO, FAAMA
In this pre-symposium workshop, I will cover the origins of energetic theory, their application in the clinical context of acupuncture energetics, and the integration of these tools into a clinical practice. Included in this workshop will be lecture, interactive discussion, and some hands on work.
The course will include:
- Introduction, understanding, and working with the graphs of anterior heaven, posterior heaven, and the five phases.
- Clinical application of Inverse and Contrary treatments.
- Clinical uses of Triangular Equilibrations.
- Application and use of Five Phases derived treatments.
- Principles and application of N-N+1 dynamics.
- Discussion of Curious Meridians and their extraordinary value.
- Tendinomuscular and Distinct Meridian systems will be discussed.
Finally, I will spend time discussing and answering questions about clinical cases from my Neurology practice and from the attendee's practices. This will cover the assessment and treatment of headaches, neck and back pain, radiculopathy, neuropathy, central nervous system disorders, PTSD, musculoskeletal pain disorders.
At the end of this workshop attendees will be able to:
- Formulate an Inverse and Contrary treatment and know when it can best be used.
- Develop a Triangular Equilibration treatment and know where it is best applied.
- Understand the value and methods for using Five Phase Dynamics.