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AIMC Berkeley offers a variety of courses that are available to students, professionals and our community. We offer both CAB and NCCAOM approved Continuing Education courses, certificate programs in the U.S. & abroad, as well as community workshops. AIMC Berkeley is the only Acupuncture College in the United States that offers Japanese Acupuncture courses taught by Japanese medical professionals.

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Acupuncture as a Profession

03/16/2020 Monday Evening 6-7:30 PM

Learn about a profession in acupuncture and integrative medicine at our Open House!

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

For attendees who plan to apply to the Summer 2020 term the application fee of $100 will be waived. And, to further our mission of promoting health and wellness, we’d like to offer you a gift certificate for a complimentary treatment at our AIMC clinic.

Summer term begins on May 4th.

To join us, contact Holly at 510-859-1300 or admissionsinfo@aimc.edu


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Intro to Chinese Medicine


January 15-March 4, 2020, Tuesday Evenings from 7-9pm

Join us starting September 17th 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



Medical Qigong Certification Program

California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

(Registration not open yet):

Module 1 (1st offering): August 24-25, 2019
Module 1 (2nd offering): Sept 14-15, 2019
Module 2: November 2-3, 2019
Module 3: January 18-19, 2020
Module 4: March 14-15, 2020
Module 5: May 16-17, 2020
Module 6: July 11-12, 2020

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.

Advanced Medical Qigong Therapy I (CMQ Certificate Module 6 of 6)

California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

MODULE 6: Advanced Medical Qigong Therapy III (Register Below)

July 13-14, 2019, Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5:30pm

Category 1 Continuing Education Course.  Approved by CAB for 15 CE units

Overview: 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.

See above for more information on the Medical Qigong certificate program.

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Introduction to Medical Qigong Therapy in Clinical Practice (CMQ Certificate Module 1 of 1)

California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

August 24-25, 2019 Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5:30pm
OR Sept. 14-15, 2019 Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5:30pm

Prerequisites: None. Open to all levels

In this course, you will learn the foundations of medical qigong practice, Chinese medicine theory and an introduction to Daoist medicine as it pertains to emotions, stress and wellness. You will learn basic hands-on-healing medical qigong diagnostic and treatment techniques you can easily incorporate into any clinical practice.

You will learn and practice the six healing sounds qigong and several Daoist meditations for clinical boundary setting, energy cultivation and conservation skills.

See above for more information on the Medical Qigong certificate program.

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Mental Health Care using TEISHIN needling.
Advanced Course with Takahiro Funamizu

CEU Class: 14 CE Hours, CEP 436

7/27 – 7/28, Saturday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

In this advanced two day seminar, participants will learn hands-on TEISHIN techniques to treat different psychological symptoms such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Personal training sessions to master advance levels of TEISHIN techniques will be provided. Treatment for a variety of conditions will be reviewed.

  • Review session of HAMON, SAZANAMI and SAMIDARE techniques
  • Tapping TEISHIN techniques used to remove hardness and Qi stagnation in the deep portion of the abdomen
  • Whole body (muscle) relaxation techniques with TEISHIN needling for treatment of severe levels of stress and anxiety
  • Special TEISHIN techniques to improve and maintain deep breathing
  • Facial TEISHIN techniques to effectively treat stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as promote facial rejuvenation

Takahiro Funamizu is the head Instructor at a prestigious acupuncture college in Japan and is a board member of the Meridian Therapy Association. He is famous for his specialization in treating psychological disorders. In 2011 was part of the medical team that treated victims of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake. He is also known for his successful treatment of individuals with mental health conditions who have faced extremely challenging times

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Luo Vessels: Blood & Spirit in Classical Chinese Medicine with Sean Tuten

CEU Class:
14 Hours NCCAOM (CEP#610)
14 Hours CAB – pending (CEP #1593)

Saturday 9/21 (9am-6pm) – Sunday 9/22 (8am – 3pm)

About the course: The Longitudinal Luo Vessel network offers us the opportunity to move challenging and traumatic emotional experiences and pathology from the Primary channels to reservoirs of latency until the spirit has the resources and space to process and release them.  When this mechanism is jeopardized due to resource depletion, emotional repression, or habitual abuse, the system becomes overwhelmed and results in chronic mental health disorders.  Without intervention, both emotional and environmental pathogens can penetrate further into the Transverse & Extraordinary Luo Vessel networks, threatening terminal organ inflammation and/or hereditary transmission between parents and child.  In this course we will explore the:

  • Metabolism and spirit of Xue Blood and its role as a medium in latency
  • Longitudinal Luo Vessels as the most transformative intervention for mental health disorders
  • Use of Transverse Luo Vessels in the prevention and treatment of visceral inflammation
  • Treatments to prevent the hereditary transmission of pathology and generational trauma
  • Diagnosis, protocols, and techniques of the Luo Vessel networks

Co-sponsored by the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College of Berkeley and the Classical Acupuncture Mentorship.

About the Instructor: Sean Tuten, DOM (NM), DAOM (RI) has been a teacher of classical East Asian medicine for 15 years, both as a speaker throughout the United States and Europe and as a professor at Southwest Acupuncture College.  In 2016, he founded the Classical Acupuncture Mentorship, a comprehensive training curriculum in the complement channels of acupuncture and pulse diagnosis.  In 2000, he co-founded of the Village Health Project, an international 501(c)3 non-profit organization that worked collaboratively with grassroots organizations and indigenous n’angas (healers) in Zimbabwe to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  He currently maintains private practices in Santa Fe & Albuquerque NM, and Providence RI.

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Shakuju Therapy Advanced Seminar with Daiki Takahashi


10/5 – 10/6, Saturday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Limited seating. Register early
Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

This seminar covers skin diseases and effective treatment strategies. Daiki Sensei will also teach gentle Shiraku technique (bloodletting) using appropriate clean needle technique.  This is the first seminar in the US where Gentle Shiraku is taught as a supplemental treatment of Shakuju Therapy

Presented by Daiki Takahashi, a Shakuju Therapy America Seminar Instructor and faculty member at Goto Acupuncture College in Tokyo, Japan
Assisted by Tisha Mallon, L.Ac. & Saori Tasaka

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one prior Shakuju Therapy Seminar


Advanced Trigger Point Acupuncture with Dr. Itoh

CEU Class: 14 CE Hours, CEP 436

REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET- More course info to come

10/26-10/27, 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.

Japan 10 Seminar, November 2019

International Seminar of Japanese Traditional Acupuncture

CE credits from this seminar can be applied toward a CERTIFICATE IN JAPANESE MEDICINE

10/31 – 11/7, Thursday through Thursday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
5-day (35-hour) program with 1-day optional session (CAB/NCCAOM pending)

Course Overview: Building on a decade of experience, the annual In-Touch Seminar in Japan promises great insights and refinement of skills in Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion for both past and new participants. This year we are going deeper, spending six days with 4 instructors in one great location – Utazu City in Shikoku.


Teishin Techniques with Takahiro Funamizu

DAY 2 & 3
Tohokai style meridian therapy with Masaki Tsuda and Keiko Ogawa using contact needling techniques by silver needles

DAY 4 Free Day

Japanese style facial acupuncture with Yoko Oasa using world thinnest needles

DAY 6-7
Shudo-style meridian therapy: techniques and treatment strategies with Morihiro Murata


Hotel Anesis Seto Ohashi

Address: 62-1 Hama 5 bancho Utazu-cho,Kagawa JAPAN, 769-0205
Single room: 4,800 Yen (includes buffet style breakfast , service charge and tax)
Twin bed room: 9,600 Yen (includes buffet style breakfast , service charge and tax)

$1500 Early Bird | $1700 Regular


Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture with Yoshifumi Tomita

CEU Class: 21 CE Hours, CEP 436

11/22/19 – 11/24/19, Friday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm

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 needling techniques with 0.25mm needle on scalp and has its unique clinical theory and 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
  • 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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Japanese Medicine Certification

CEU Class: 84 CE Hours, CEP 436

Registration ongoing by class module. Participants must register for each class/module separately

AIMC Berkeley is proud to announce the creation of a Certificate in Japanese Medicine. This certificate will be awarded to any licensed acupuncturist or acupuncture student who completes a minimum of 84 Continuing Education units from the Japanese Acupuncture workshops offered at AIMC Berkeley.

Japanese acupuncture is renowned for its ability to create positive clinical outcomes with minimal stimulation. Many acupuncturists who practice Meridian Therapy use little to no needle insertion. The AIMC Japanese Medicine Certification program offers an opportunity to study with masters from Japan who will teach several techniques using intricate, classic methods of Meridian Therapy. They will also demonstrate evidence-based scientific approaches such as trigger point treatment, which is based on autonomic nervous system theory. A gentle approach to moxibustion, also an important feature of traditional medicine in Japan, will be covered in this series as well.

Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 84 CE units from the Japanese Acupuncture certification workshops that are offered at AIMC Berkeley. There are a series of continuing education courses that can be applied to the certificate’s 84-unit requirement. Courses are typically offered each year and can be completed in any order.

Japanese Moxa/Gynecology – 14 CE units
Technique: Japanese style gentle direct moxa
Instructor: Junji Mizutani, L.Ac. (Canada)
Tentative Date: TBD

Contact Needling & Psychology – 14 CE units
Technique: Funamizu style contact needle
Instructor: Takahiro Funamizu
Date: July 27 (Sat) – 28 (Sun), 2019

Contact Needle & Hammer Technique – 14 CE units
Technique: Contact needling and Japanese traditional “Hammer needling” with Meridian therapy
Instructor: Keiko Ogawa, M.D. (pediatric surgeon)
Date: Course cancelled.  May be offered in 2020

Shakuju Therapy Advanced Course – 14 CE units
Technique: Shakuju Therapy
Instructor: Daiki Takahashi
Assistant Instructors: Tisha Mallon, L.Ac. & Saori Tasaka L.Ac. Japan
Date: October 5 (Sat) – 6 (Sun), 2019

Advanced Trigger Point Acupuncture – 14 CE units
Technique: Pain treatment with a modern/scientific style of Japanese trigger point acupuncture
Instructor: Kazunori Itoh, Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor: Haro Ogawa, Team Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
for the San Francisco Giants
Date: October 26 (Sat) – 27 (Sun), 2019

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture – 21 CE units
Technique: YNSA
Instructor: Yoshifumi Tomita, MD Japan
Date: November 22 (Fri) – 24 (Sun), 2019

Japan 10 Seminar –Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Seminar in Tokyo/Shikoku – 35/42 CE units*
Dates: November 1 – November 7, 2019 http://www.intouchjapan.org/

Priced per class. See each individual course listing for description and pricing. You must register for each class separately.
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Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture

CEU Class: 23 CE Hours,  CEP 436

$50 Early Bird Discount ends 12/31/19

3-day course:
Friday 1/31/20, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 2/1/20, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday 2/2/20 9:00am – 3:30pm

Course Overview: Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture is a comprehensive treatment protocol to help patients experience an improved appearance and a deeper connection with their authentic selves.  Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc teaches this 3 day course with an emphasis on learning the science and mechanisms of action behind why this treatment is effective, the Four Pillars of Holistic Skincare and an in depth overview and practical instruction on the Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture method.  Students walk away with a deep understanding of Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture, it’s spiritual component and a treatment protocol that can be implemented into practice with a focus on results!  Students will also receive ongoing support and an opportunity to participate in an Advanced Level course to further improve their treatment skills and methods.

About the Instructor: 
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is a practicing Acupuncturist in San Rafael, CA, a published author, speaker and intuitive healer. Her treatments aim to access the deep inner workings of the mind-body-spirit connection to help her patients unlock the root cause of disharmony.  Dr. Kim is a pioneer and teacher of Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture, her unique and innovative style aims to demystify the science behind why this treatment is effective, teach students an effective protocol and open the doorway to the greater healing potential of the treatment – addressing the Shen and Spirit of the patient. To find out more about her practice and offerings please visit www.IntegrativeCosmeticAcupuncture.comRegister


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