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2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States

April 2020

ACUPUNCTURE AS A PROFESSION ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Acupuncture as a Profession

JOIN US ONLINE:  MONDAY, APRIL 13TH, 6-7:30 PM

Learn about acupuncture and integrative medicine by joining our online information session. Due to the current COVID-19 shelter in place guidelines, our usual Open House events will now be hosted as online information sessions.

During the session, we will give a comprehensive overview of our Masters and Doctorate programs in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine; including curriculum, schedules, tuition, and financial aid.

For attendees who plan to apply to our programs for the Summer 2020 term, the application fee of $100 will be waived.

To join us, contact Holly at 510-224-3178 or admissionsinfo@aimc.edu.

Summer term begins on May 4th.

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May 2020

SEIFUKUJITSU THEORY AND CLINICAL PRACTICE 1

May 9 @ 9:00 am - May 10 @ 6:00 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 16 CE HOURS, Pending approval from CAB. CEP 436. REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET

Course Info: Seifukujitsu is a Japanese hands-on healing method that is over 1200 years old. It emphasizes the restoration of the body to a state known in China as “huīfù zhèngcháng – to return to normal.” This is achieved by balancing the energy in the body, and breaking down soft tissue that has been injured, allowing it to properly heal.  This is the first of 2 courses in the series.

This course will provide attendees with foundational knowledge and perspective, and help develop basic physical skills that will increase treatment efficacy within a shorter duration. The seminar will cover theoretical, therapeutic, and application principles. Attendees will learn and practice the bodywork kata and specific treatment protocols as stand-alone treatments, and in combination with other Asian medical treatments (acupuncture, guasha, cupping). The course also covers the use of topical liniments and herbal medicine in context of Seifukujitsu.

 

About the Instructor:
Professor Robert Hudson, LAc is currently a Kudan (9th degree black belt) in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. He started his Jujitsu training in 1970, and started the AJJF Okazaki Restorative Massage Program (now known as the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute) in 1983. He has taught in the program since its inception. Robert studied Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, was licensed in 1991, and is now a practicing Acupuncturist and Seifukujitsu therapist. He has been a faculty teacher and clinic supervisor at ASAOM in Tuscon, Arizona since 2013, and has managed the herbal pharmacy and chaired the acupuncture program during his tenure.

 

Part II of this series will be offered this year as well. Date TBD.

Registration opening soon

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INTRO TO CHINESE MEDICINE – Summer 2020

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - July 1 @ 8:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Join us Wednesday evenings starting May 13th for this comprehensive 8-week course which examines the history and philosophy of Chinese medicine, the how and why of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and the contemporary practical applications of this increasingly popular form of healthcare.

Course Overview

Instructors: Nishanga Bliss, DSc, LAc; Rebecca Riggs, L.Ac., MSOM

Discover the fundamentals of Yin and Yang relationships, Five Element Theory (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water), and the relationships between our mind, body, spirit and how we can apply them to everyday health and wellness.

Week 1: Philosophy and Theory
Week 2: The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine
Week 3: Diagnosis: Tongue, Pulse, and Everything Else
Week 4: Supporting Your Spleen
Week 5: Listening to Your Lungs
Week 6: Nourishing Your Kidneys
Week 7: Loving Your Liver
Week 8: Healing Your Heart

Class Dates:

Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm

May 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 21
July 1

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MEDICAL QIGONG MODULE 5

May 16 @ 9:00 am - May 17 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Advanced Medical Qigong Therapy II
Course approved by CAB for 15 CEU units

PREREQUISITES: Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Course Info: In this course, you will learn a wide variety of medical qigong treatment protocols that tonify,
purge or circulate their patients’ qi, calm shen and balance emotions. You will continue to learn
and cultivate your own qi through practice of the Daoist Five qigong form and Zhang Zuan
Standing meditation practice.

Instructor Info: Suzannah Stason is a certified Medical Qigong Therapist and a licensed Acupuncturist. She comes from Lincoln, Massachusetts and from a young age connected to the interplay between mind and body. After graduating from Stanford University with a Human Biology degree and working both in clinical research and medicine, Suzannah found her passion in Chinese medicine and became an acupuncturist. Her commitment to mind-body-spirit medicine carried to her private practice where she loves helping people find greater energy, clarity, health and transformation in their hearts and lives. More on Suzannah background at http://www.suzannahstason.com/about.htmL

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TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MOXIBUSTION THERAPY WITH A FOCUS ON GYNECOLOGICAL DISORDERS

May 23 @ 9:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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** SAVE UP TO $100 WITH EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION UNTIL 4/23 **

CEU CLASS: 14 CE HOURS, CEP 436

​Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

About the Course
In this 2 day seminar, Junji Mizutani will provide an introduction to moxibustion, its functions and indications. This workshop will focus on the most widely used techniques as developed by Japanese practitioners, with examples of treatment strategies. In this course you will learn direct moxibustion, a traditional and comfortable style of moxibustion treatment commonly used in Japan. This seminar will cover the theory and physiology of moxibustion, and how to practice safe, comfortable and effective moxibustion directly on the whole body. Junji will demonstrate all techniques and there will be time for practice and questions. He will cover a variety of treatment strategies, local, whole body (Sawada style), special effect points, autonomic nervous system balancing, needle and moxa combinations etc. There will be a special focus on gynecological disorders.

 

Weekend participants will learn:

-An introduction to the functions and indications of traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy
-How to palpate and accurately locate points requiring moxa, sensations felt by patients
-Sawada style whole body treatment
-Local treatment and special effect points
-Autonomic nervous system balancing treatment
-Combination needle and moxa treatment
-Some examples of traditional Japanese indirect moxibustion
-When is enough moxa enough?

About the instructor:
Junji Mizutani RAc, a leading authority of moxibustion in the West, is the director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM). He graduated from the Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983 and has been practicing and teaching shiatsu, acupuncture and moxibustion for 24 years. He taught Shiatsu at Kikkawa College and Shiatsu School of Canada, and served for three years as the president of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario. The author of Practical Moxibustion Therapy, he currently practices in Vancouver, B.C., and lectures in the U.S. and Canada.

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COMPLEMENT CHANNELS IN CONTEXT and SINEW CHANNELS: MOVEMENT & MOOD

May 30 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 4:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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** EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION UNTIL APRIL 24th**

12 CEU units (NCCAOM #610 & CAB #1593 pending)

About the Course: The Complement channel system of acupuncture offers an extraordinary roadmap by which practitioners can see with clarity the progression of disease and how to begin reversing that process. However, without understanding the Complement channels in relationship to the Primary channels, and in the context of the system as a whole, they can be clinically confusing and even dangerous.


Day one
of this weekend course will elucidate those relationships and leave students with a clear understanding of where to begin and what to expect in the treatment of any pathology.
Day two will examine the Sinew Channels and their relationship to freedom of movement and physical expression. The Sinews are the interface between ourselves and world.

While they are essential in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and pain, they are also invaluable in releasing exterior conditions, postural issues, unexplained moods, and the calcifications and habituations that can restrict our free expression as we age.

This is the second weekend of the Classical Acupuncture Mentorship curriculum being offered in California.

About the Teacher: Sean Tuten, DOM has been a teacher of Chinese medicine for 16 years, both as a speaker throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, and as a former professor at Southwest Acupuncture College. In 2016 he founded the Classical Acupuncture Mentorship, a comprehensive training curriculum in the Complement channels of acupuncture, pulse diagnosis, and classical physiology. He currently maintains private practices in Santa Fe & Albuquerque NM.

More Information at www.acupuncturementorship.com

Refunds: 75% if requested before April 24th.  None thereafter

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June 2020

HERBAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS SYMPOSIUM

June 20
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Uniting Herbal Medicine, People & the Planet
Chinese, Western, and Indigenous Herbal Traditions

Climate Change is no longer something we can ignore. But how can we respond in an empowered way? People and plants have always shared a special partnership, and have worked together for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s part of our ecology, and it’s part of our planetary heritage.  Herbal medicine is the foundation of healing traditions all over the planet, and we can create healing resources in the times ahead by reviving bioregional, sustainable herbal medicine. By restoring our relationship with plants and herbal medicine, we also restore our lost connection to the earth, which is so important if we are to survive the times ahead. Amidst the fear and uncertainty, we invite our community to come together for a day of exploration and empowerment with herbal medicine.

Our conference will be a dialogue and hands-on learning about ways herbal medicine can be of assistance to us during climate change. We’ll explore what we can learn from our local herbal allies to help us, and how to work with native California medicinal plants in the context of our herbal traditions. We’ll also discuss how we can continue creating local, sustainable medicine for ourselves, and come away with resources, knowledge, and connections. The day will be a mix of classes as well as hands on activities such as herbal medicine making, local plant ID, and herbal diagnosis and treatment.

Topics will include:
– Crossovers and Commonalities between Western & Eastern herbalism
– Adaptogenic Herbs for a Changing Climate
– Growing Organic Chinese Herbs in the US and Seed Saving
– Native California Medicinal Plants- Local Herbal Allies
– Medicine Making

Our teachers are a diverse group of bioregional herbalists, bringing together traditional Chinese, Western, Eclectic, and Indigenous herbal traditions.

– Peg Schafer, Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm Petaluma, Lillium Initiative
– Ben Zappin, L.Ac, Founder of Five Flavors Herbs, Oakland
– Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD, Five Flavors Herbs
– Michael Tierra, L.Ac, OMD, East West School of Planetary Herbs, American Herbalists Guild
– Dr. Lana Farson, L.Ac, AIMC Berkeley, ACTCM San Francisco
– Brian Kie Weissbuch, L.Ac, KW Botanicals

And more to be announced…..

  • CEU’s for Licensed Acupuncturists available
  • Community Level Classes
  • Spanish Speaking Classes

 

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SHAKUJU THERAPY – POSTPONED

June 27 @ 9:00 am - June 28 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

**Can be used towards certificate in Japanese Acupuncture**

Course: This seminar will focus on the basic theory of SJT and treatment strategy for the beginner and intermediate student and practitioner. It will provide a glimpse into the Tao of Taiji, the Ultimate Power of the Universe, through the lens of Master Shoji Kobayashi’s teachings of Shakuju Therapy (SJT). Using a simplified approach to teaching SJT fundamental theory and clinical applications, this class will help students learn to diagnose and treat patients, utilizing an understanding of the Physics and East Asian Medicine principles upon which SJT is based. Students will learn to evaluate the state of jing qi or cold in the body and how to combine this evaluation with pulse/abdomen diagnosis and treatment strategies to improve the constitution and overall health of their patients. At the end of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate a basic root treatment with Shakuju and Teishin needles. They will be able to describe methods for diagnosing the abdomen and pulse as well as noninsertive techniques such as contact needling and how to adjust the pulse.

Instructor: Daiki Takahashi

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July 2020

MEDICAL QIGONG MODULE 6

July 11 @ 9:00 am - July 12 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Title: Advanced Medical Qigong Therapy III
The course is pending approval from the California Acupuncture Board for 15 CE units

PREREQUISITES: Modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Course Info: In this course, you will review all protocols and learn eastern & western pathology and internal organ treatment protocols. You will review Chinese pattern diagnosis and the Western equivalents, and learn how to treat each pattern with medical qigong therapy. You will also explore dimension of practice ethics, business and legalities. You will practice and teach qigong exercises we have learned throughout the modules.

Instructor Info: Suzannah Stason is a certified Medical Qigong Therapist and a licensed Acupuncturist. She comes from Lincoln, Massachusetts and from a young age connected to the interplay between mind and body. After graduating from Stanford University with a Human Biology degree and working both in clinical research and medicine, Suzannah found her passion in Chinese medicine and became an acupuncturist. Her commitment to mind-body-spirit medicine carried to her private practice where she loves helping people find greater energy, clarity, health and transformation in their hearts and lives. More on Suzannah background at http://www.suzannahstason.com/about.htmL

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September 2020

Medical Qigong Certification Program Overview

September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - May 16, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

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Module 1 (1st offering): Sept 12-13, 2020
Module 1 (2nd offering): October 3-4, 2020
Module 2: November 13-14, 2020
Module 3: January 9-10, 2021
Module 4: March 13-14, 2021
Module 5: May 15-16, 2021
Module 6: July 10-11, 2021

Certificate Program Overview

Medical Qigong Therapy, a hands-on-healing and qi emission therapeutic practice, has been used for centuries to balance and restore healthy energy flow in the body, mind and spirit. Based on ancient Daoist and Chinese medical theory, medical qigong is a powerful and effective healing system that has powerful and effective application in any clinical practice. This six weekend series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of medical qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

This 6-module series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and Qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of Medical Qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Three main program goals are:

  • Self-Cultivation: Students will learn and practice several Qigong forms, Qi sensing boundary setting exercises and Daoist meditations to cultivate their own Qi and mind-body-spirit health.
  • Chinese Medicine Theory and Medicinal Daoism: Students will take an in-depth look at key psycho-emotional and cosmological dimensions of medical Qigong practice and theory.
  • Medical Qigong Training: Students will build Qi sensitivity and Qi emission practices with use of Qi balls, sound, color, hand postures and movements, channel reading, and medical Qigong balancing protocols. They will learn to diagnose, treat, and maintain ongoing support to patients in varied clinical settings.

Complete Certificate Hours: 6 weekends of total of 90 hours of class time with additional 60 hours of required clinical practice hours to earn a 150-hour certificate in Medical Qigong Therapy. Each weekend will include group Qigong practice, meditation instruction, lectures, individual and partner work, written assignments and discussions.

About the Instructor:

Suzannah Stason, LAc/CMQ/CQT is a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong therapist and teacher, and meditation practitioner. Suzannah has a degree in mind-body health from Stanford University and trained with qigong master and Zen priest Suzanne Friedman, L.Ac/DMQ (China) for over 6 years. Suzannah has extensive teaching experience at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Atria Senior Living, Breath of the Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic and at several private events and conferences. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California. Suzannah also runs an acupuncture and medical qigong practice in San Francisco where she also teaches regular public qigong classes.

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October 2020

ADV. TRIGGER POINTS WITH KAZUNORI ITOH

October 24 @ 9:00 am - October 25 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 14 CE HOURS, CEP 436

REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET- More course info to come

10/24/20-10/25/20, Saturday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

Join Dr. Kazunori Itoh for a weekend seminar on pain management using advanced modern Japanese techniques including trigger point acupuncture, micro-current acupuncture, and moxa. Trigger points often develop out of acute or repetitive overuse of muscles, musculoskeletal imbalance, injury or other kind of strain. Focusing on trigger points is very effective for treating a wide variety of pain, including peripheral pain, spine mediated pain (which affects internal organs), and brain mediated pain (which can impact the entire body).

Dr. Itoh earned a bachelor’s degree in acupuncture and moxibustion from the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, and went on to complete his doctorate at the same institution. After a stint as assistant lecturer in clinical acupuncture and moxibustion, he spent a year at the University of Toronto studying with Professor B. J. Sessle. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Meiji University of Integrative Medicine. His research specialty is muscular pain, and in 2004 he established an outpatient clinic for fibromyalgia sufferers. He is studying the use of acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of fibromyalgia, both clinically and as basic research.

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November 2020

YAMAMOTO NEW SCALP ACUPUNCTURE

November 20 @ 9:00 am - November 22 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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*** REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET***

11/20/20 – 11/22/20, Friday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
21 CAB CE units
Early Bird rates end 10/20/20.

** Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine**

Course overview:
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is the treatment method designed by Toshikatsu Yamamoto, MD. This technique has efficacy in treating cerebral infarction (CI), intracerebral bleeding, paralysis by central nervous system disease, lower back pain, stiff shoulder, numbness, dizziness, ear ringing. Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture is a needling technique using a 0.25mm needle on the scalp based on unique clinical theory and with proven results. In this 3 day seminar, you will learn:

What troubles and symptoms YNSA is effective in treating
The difference between YNSA and other scalp acupuncture techniques
Protocols used to apply YNSA in actual clinical treatment
YNSA style diagnosis
YNSA’s acupuncture points (Basic, Intermediate, Advance)
Most recent case studies by Dr. Yamamoto
Application of YNSA techniques on geriatric hospital population
Hands-on training sessions of YNSA

About the Instructor:
Yoshifumi Tomita has 14 years of clinical experience and is the first acupuncturist certified in Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture Treatment. His style of treatment is integrative, and he has extensive experience treating cancer patients, autoallergic disease, autoimmune disease, Parkinson’s disease and other intractable diseases. Yoshifumi also specializes in Orthomolecular Nutrition&Medicine

 

 

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Medicine College, Berkeley

2550 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

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