Medical Acupuncture for Physicians: 300-Hour Course

Medical Acupuncture for Physicians presents the foundation of acupuncture science and theory, channel and point location, needling techniques, approaches to diagnosis and therapy, and patient management. It is a practice-oriented program that creates a sophisticated structure for the intelligent use of acupuncture. The course gives full dignity to both contemporary biomedical science and the medical tradition found in classical Chinese texts, and enables you to adapt acupuncture creatively into your clinical environment.

The training is organized into three units that involve home study and videocourse viewing, live lectures and demonstrations, and closely supervised clinical training. The introductory weekend and core videocourse curriculum are the same for all participants, while the specialty videocourse curriculum and clinical units are offered in two pathways.

The Primary Care pathway focuses on applications of acupuncture to the broad range of clinical problems that are evaluated and treated by the primary practitioner. These problems can range from premorbid functional and stress-related disorders, to organic lesions, to neuromusculoskeletal pain. The acupuncture models presented in the primary care videocourse and clinical units range from rarefied equilibration treatments aimed at re-establishing homeostasis, to dense neuromuscular stimulation.

The Pain Management pathway emphasizes acupuncture as treatment for patients referred to pain management specialty practices. This pathway addresses the pain of acute trauma, musculoskeletal problems such as myofascial pain and muscle tension headaches, pain of diskogenic lesions and peripheral neuropathies, and pain of organic and malignant lesions.

There is about an 85% overlap between the two pathways. The theoretical foundation for the pathways is identical: the introductory weekend, palpation and needling, core videocourse, textbook, syllabus, and handouts. The difference between the pathways is in the specialty videocourse lectures and in the practical emphasis in the clinical units. Because physicians practicing acupuncture rarely treat only primary care or only pain management patients, participants following the primary care pathway are also introduced to pain management techniques, and likewise, participants following the pain management pathway are familiarized with the full spectrum of medical applications.

The comprehensive HMI curriculum represents 300 hours of formal instruction in medical acupuncture. Participants receive the highest quality of hands-on instruction and clinical information to enable them to integrate acupuncture responsibly into their medical practices at the conclusion of the program.

Course Content

  • Basic science foundations of acupuncture
  • Clinical science levels of evidence
  • Fundamental tenets of traditional acupuncture theory
  • Hybrid contemporary model of acupuncture
  • Channel and point function, location, and palpation
  • Integrated approaches to diagnosis and therapy
  • Needling technique
  • Patient management
  • Practice set up, building, and billing

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to meet the needs of physicians seeking responsible and comprehensive training in the emerging discipline of medical acupuncture. In doing so, this CME activity addresses the demands of patients and physicians seeking a safe and time-tested complement or alternative to conventional medical therapies, whether for pain or general medical problems accessible to acupuncture.

If you participate conscientiously in all aspects of the training, this Medical Acupuncture for Physicians program will enable you to:

  • Apply this skill when addressing neuromusculoskeletal and headache pain problems in your clinical setting, and thereby reduce exclusive reliance on pharmaceuticals;
  • Use the acupuncture diagnostic model to interpret premorbid and stress-related problems that typically escape explanation, that is, address the “worried well” issues in your patients;
  • Use acupuncture as an early intervention tool in managing chronic pain patients, as primary treatment or in collaboration with medications and other interventions;
  • Relate on a more intimate, interactive, and practical level with your patients, and thus allow you to enjoy anew your practice of medicine.

Study Expectations

You must be prepared to devote a regular period each week to study the videos and locate points on yourself and family and friends. In this comprehensive 300-hour curriculum the clinical units taken at two and five months require five to seven hours of video viewing and study each week.

While each unit provides you with new acupuncture techniques, three to six months of serious independent clinical integration following the final unit will ground your experience and allow you to gain confidence and expertise in this new modality.