Schedule

Pacific Symposium Schedule At-a-Glance

Join us again this year virtually for the largest annual acupuncture conference in the US! You can register here.

Click on the title of each session for more detail.

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All sessions are approved by NCCAOM and the California Acupuncture Board. See the individual sessions below for the exact NCCAOM category.

The conference is not separately approved by the Florida Acupuncture Board. However, Florida may accept NCCAOM-approved courses. Please contact the Florida Acupuncture Board for more information.

The schedule below is listed in Pacific Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours; for Central Time, 2 hours; and for Mountain Time, 1 hour.

  • 2021 - Day 1

    Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • There are three centers that hold vast amounts of Qi energy deep inside your body. These three Energy Centers are called Dantians and regulate your capacity for wisdom, love, and vitality. The relative strength of these qualities determines your energy type.
    2021

  • How many treatments will it take? What results can I expect? Will it hurt? How much younger will I look with cosmetic acupuncture? This session will explore ethical practices and interactive skills of practitioner-patient communication as it applies to the discussion of acupuncture process and results, inspiring patient trust, compliance and retention while adhering to ethical practices.
    2021

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in the US early in 2020, many acupuncturists treated patients with symptoms related to COVID-19 infection. We conducted a study to explore how acupuncturists accessed information and devised Chinese herbal medicine treatment strategies for patients with symptoms that may have been related to COVID-19 infection. Our study consisted of a survey and qualitative interviews. Questions were designed to elicit information about what evidence sources were used in devising Chinese herbal medicine formulas, and about other aspects of providing patient care during the early stages of the pandemic. This talk will present the findings from this study along with perspectives on the application of evidence-based medicine to ancient healing systems.
    2021

  • Twenty-five years ago research on acupuncture was classified as poor quality and insufficient to justify mainstream usage or insurance coverage in the US. Consumer research undertaken at Harvard University in the 90s showed unexpected high use of acupuncture and other ‘alternative’ therapies, and was a catalyst for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an office to conduct research into the effectiveness and safety of these therapies. This talk will examine important developments in East Asian medical research, the intersection of such research with urgent unmet needs within the US healthcare system, and how you can leverage this to build a vision for the future of your practice.
    2021

  • This session will provide one hour of ethics in facial acupuncture and two hours of safe practice and needling skills of the head, neck, and face as it relates to cosmetic facial acupuncture. We will examine the ethics of how to manage patient expectations with regard to facial cosmetic acupuncture in particular. The safety portion of the class will examine how to safely needle sensitive points surrounding the eyes, the carotid artery, and nerves of the face and head as well as how to minimize bruising and other possible adverse effects of acupuncture in these regions, while maintaining positive effects.
    2021

  • In this three-hour webinar students will learn how to incorporate a variety of anti-aging and rejuvenating modalities into their practice such as: micro/nano needling, serums, cosmetic acupuncture, dermal rolling, gua sha, red and infrared light and other TCM modalities. In addition, students will learn how to provide Body Reshaping & Fat Elimination treatments to patients. Information covered includes what is it, how to incorporate it into your practice, protocols, and how to combine it with acupuncture and other TCM modalities. Lastly, students will learn how to effectively, and successfully, add these various modalities into their practice.
    2021

  • 2021 - Day 2

    Friday, October 29, 2021
  • There is no doubt that rapidly evolving telehealth brought on by Covid-19 is here to stay. Morning hour will be devoted to the HIPAA compliance for patient-practitioner communication and FDA requirements for TCM herbal record keeping.
    2021

  • This innovative session presents material from our 5-star rated book, Vibrational Acupuncture: Integrating Tuning Forks with Needles, published by Singing Dragon UK in March 2020. It introduces aspects of Chinese and Western classical music theory, plus the integration of Acutonics® precision calibrated planetary tuning forks and acupuncture needling on the points and meridians of the face and body.

  • In this session we will look at the modern crisis we are facing in our world: becoming cut off from nature, from each other, from our bodies, and ultimately from our true nature. When we feel alienated from our nature, we become inflamed. Chinese medicine teaches that we are a microcosm of our world, founded on the principle of treating relationships. One has only to look at the fires raging around the world last year to understand the metaphor for how inflammation lies at the root of so many chronic health problems today.
    2021

  • This class will teach you legal requirements for the Traditional Medicine practice via telehealth. Electronic SOAP note writing reflecting upcoming ICD-11 Chapter 26 Traditional Medicine coding in compliance with 2021 CPT requirements will be reinforced. Modern technology solutions to one of the most difficult questions of how to collect reliable pulse and tongue readings during telehealth visits will be introduced.
    2021

  • This presentation will cover guidelines for using tuning forks (with or without needles), an anti-exhaustion treatment using the Source/Luo points, treatment protocols for sagging neck and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), unique acu-sound treatment protocols, balancing the twin hemispheres of the brain, and "lacing" the 3 Jiaos. All protocols will be demonstrated by the instructors.
    2021

  • The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. It is estimated that one in 48 children are now being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This shocking number has risen from one in 3000 children over the past 25 years. Emerging evidence is demonstrating that some forms of autism are a manifestation of chronic inflammation. Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan.
    2021

  • 2021 - Day 3

    Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • Using ancient principles of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturists are trained to facilitate whole-body coherence between yin and yang; balance and regulation in the Kidney/Heart axis and a smooth flow through the cycle of seasons and Elements. Integrating neurobiology’s 5 Steps of the Self-Protective Response (hint: they mirror the 5 Elements!) and the framework of Polyvagal Theory in the context of the Shen Cycle will illuminate diagnostic information and treatment room skills that will revolutionize your practice, your service to your patients, and your contribution to the healing of our world.
    2021

  • I lived in China from 1986 to 2014, learning Traditional Chinese Medicine from the last doctors born and educated prior to 1949. That means I learned TCM, because that is what TCM stands for: Traditional Chinese Medicine. How people in the west mis-named China's attempt at creating a modern Chinese medicine (MCM) as TCM is an interesting story, but more interesting is finding out what the true TCM I learned and can still be found in China today is. Come join me for a fun, perspective shifting hour on what is Traditional, what it takes to be a traditional practitioner, and why we should all study TCM if we wish to take full advantage of the classic texts in the clinic.
    2021

  • In this presentation, we will discuss anatomical regions that predispose spinal and peripheral nerves toward compression. Often from a narrowed tunnel or due to a thickening of an overlying myofascial structure, nerve compression can decrease the nerve’s potential to nourish the innervated tissue. There are varying levels of nerve compression, which many times can be a silent contributor to musculoskeletal pain located distal to the entrapment site. The anatomical locations of the nerve entrapments can be viewed as “binding regions” of the channel sinews.
    2021

  • We will use an East-meets-West framework for exploring the nature of trauma and our body’s inherent capacity to restore balance and regulation. Integrating Polyvagal Theory with the Shen Cycle informs the critical role that acupuncturists can play in restoring regulation in the Kidney/Heart axis and brings clarity to the role all healers can play in mitigating the impact of ancestral trauma, impulsive violence, and health disparities. Restoring balance and regulation in one individual then influences their family, coworker and community. Our nation needs its healers!
    2021

  • In part I of the afternoon lecture, Andrew lays out the path to gaining the perspectives classical practitioners had as they struggled with providing wellness and treating illness. By learning to see the world as they did, we can better understand the words they left us and immediately apply them in the clinic. In part II of the afternoon lecture, Andrew addresses what happens in the clinic once we have returned to the traditional mindset. With the traditional practitioner mindset in place, we can then immediately apply classical thinking to every physical treatment we give.
    2021

  • Manual muscle testing (MMT) is a integral part of assessment that the TCM practitioner can quickly and effectively add to their clinical practice. MMT provides useful information about “how and why” the injury has occurred or if the patient is susceptible toward future injury. Information gained from MMT informs the practitioner about muscle and channel imbalances, the integrity of the contractile tissue (i.e. how much qi is available to the contractile tissue) and identification of the injured channel and affected tissue. In this workshop, we will examine easy to learn testing of key muscles associated with different channel correspondences.
    2021

  • 2021 - Day 4

    Sunday, October 31, 2021
  • This class will provide the learners with the opportunity to explore why holistic approaches and integrative modalities should be used when providing cannabis care. We will delve into the following questions: How is working with patients who self-titrate cannabis differ from traditional allopathic, prescriptive approaches? Why is coaching an essential skill that all cannabis-care practitioners must build? How do we support patients with realizing their best quality of life?
    2021

  • This presentation provides a comprehensive exploration of the concept of Ministerial Fire and its acute relevance for the approach to recalcitrant diseases including COVID-19.
    2021

  • The use of sex as a healing modality is ancient and developed alongside the foundational theories of CM. In this presentation Dr. Felice Dunas will explore the birth and evolution of these practices, how they survived through China’s evolving history and what they have to offer a clinician in practice today. This will be both an historical exploration and a clinically relevant presentation with immediately applicable tools. .
    2021

  • This presentation shares Dr. Fruehauf’s unique herbal approach to neurological disorders—from cognitive issues in children, to degenerative autoimmune conditions such as MS and Parkinson’s, to the recent wave of long-haul COVID and lingering post-vaccination symptoms.
    2021

  • In this workshop style class, the learners will be introduced to the human endocannabinoid system and gain a foundational understanding of how cannabis works in the body and the importance of using holistic modalities to upregulate the endocannabinoid system. A review of recent evidence related to medical cannabis and various disease/ illness issues will be provided. This class is appropriate for cannabis care beginners or those with more advanced knowledge who would like an inspiring refresher course.
    2021

  • In this class, Dr. Felice Dunas will discuss the energetic dynamics of our masculine and feminine natures and how they can be used to contribute to life and healing. She will present case studies from her practice demonstrating how sexual symptoms are caused by and at the effect of the condition of Qi and the internal organs. She will discuss sexual orientation as viewed by the lens of Chinese medicine and will share action steps that you, as a sexual being and as a clinician, can take to utilize this great resource for yourself and your patients.
    2021

  • 2021 - Post Conference

    Monday, November 1
  • This 1-day workshop will continue with information presented in the earlier introductory lecture. Because subtle levels of nerve compression can affect the axoplasmic flow and nerve conduction, nerve entrapment sites could be considered as “binding regions” and act as a silent contributor to injury. For the TCM practitioner, when treating a musculoskeletal injury, understanding where the proximal nerve compression sites are located is important for positive clinical outcomes.
    2021
    Where
    7445 Mission Valley Rd., Suite 107, Room C

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