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Meridian Theory

Introduction to the basic theory of meridians, classification of acupuncture points and systems of nomenclature.  Detailed presentation of the major meridians, distribution of channels, branches and collaterals and the relationship with the internal organs.

AC111, AC112
Acupuncture Anatomy 

Study of the points located on the 14 meridians, including names and anatomical locations, 15 collateral points, 8 extra channels, and non-channel points. This two-part course provides students with a detailed study of point locations and primary channel pathways in relation to anatomical regions, nerves, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and vessels, with an emphasis on channel and collateral theory.

Acupuncture Anatomy I: Channels and associated acupoints covered in this course include those of: Hand and Foot Taiyin, Hand and Foot Yangming, Hand and Foot Taiyang, and Hand Shaoyin.
Acupuncture Anatomy II: Channels and associated acupoints covered in this class include those of: Foot Shaoyin, Hand and Foot Jueyin, Hand and Foot Shaoyang, as well as extra points and points of the 8 extraordinary vessels.

AC201, AC202
Acupuncture Physiology

Acupuncture Physiology covers the usage of the regular and special acupuncture points and their traditional functions in treatment. Additionally, this two-part course discusses the basic principles of prescription in acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture Physiology I:  Special categories of points (Five Shu points, Xi Cleft, etc.) and go over the functions of the points in the Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, and Urinary Bladder channels.
Acupuncture Physiology II:   Channels such as the Kidney, Pericardium, Gallbladder, and Liver are covered, as well as the Eight Extra Meridians, Extra Points, and 15 Luo channels.

AC321, AC322
Acupuncture Techniques

This course provides students with an introduction to the techniques of acupuncture, including the insertion and removal of needles, and needle manipulation for both the tonification and sedation of points and stimulation of Qi.  Students will learn to incorporate CNT protocols for safe and responsible needling and how to manage emergency situations arising from improper needling or weak patient condition (ex: hematoma, pneumothorax, fainting).

Techniques I:  Students will practice needling major points of the 14 main channels and will gain an understanding of the historical types of needles and their traditional functions.
Techniques II:  Students learn auricular and scalp acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping.

AC401, AC402
Acupuncture Therapeutics

This is a two-part course detailing the etiology and treatment of diseases utilizing common acupoint prescriptions. Students begin to analyze and differentiate between pathological conditions, applying principles of point prescription in deciding upon a treatment plan, and modifying them as necessary to the patient’s symptom presentation.

Acupuncture Therapeutics I covers Four Needle Technique, exogenous diseases, and a variety of Zang Fu syndromes
Acupuncture Therapeutics II covers disease of the head, trunk, and lumbar regions; gynecologic, pregnancy, and postpartum disorders; infantile diseases; diseases of the skin; abnormal growths; and eye, ear, nose, and throat disorders.