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Acupuncture Today
January, 2005, Vol. 06, Issue 01
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What Are My Choices?

In This Issue: CEUs, Colleges, Educational Programs

By Editorial Staff

You've made the decision to become a licensed acupuncturist. What's your next move? Where can you go to find information on the latest products, continuing education programs, and other goods and services to help your practice grow?

"What Are My Choices?" is here to answer those questions.

What Are My Choices? is a periodic column that gives you the information you need straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This issue's column focuses on continuing educational unit courses, colleges and educational programs - all important components of a successful acupuncture and Oriental medicine practice.

Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, Inc: The academy is a nationally accredited graduate school, which provides a Master's degree designed in the practice of Five Element Acupuncture at the highest possible standards. Additionally, we offer an award-winning Chinese Herbal Studies program that is unique in its Five Element focus. We also offer CEU courses of the highest caliber. We strongly emphasize a curriculum that is deeply rooted in the ancient natural wisdom of the Five Elements and traditional Taoism. Tel: 954-456-6336; e-mail: ; Web: brings you the best in distance learning. Earn 15 CEUs/PDAs for recertification with "Expert Acupuncture." Learn from Dr. Holmes Keikobad, world-renowned teacher and practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental healthcare; he has practiced on three continents, and set up healthcare systems for large cities and special populations. These videos were produced and directed by Carol Andrade, PhD, LAc, award-winning writer and producer of medical media. Tel: 480-481-0009; e-mail: ; Web:

Acupressure Therapy Institute: Certification training in Acupressure, Shiatsu, Thai Massage. 730- hrs. Evening and weekend classes. Graduates are nationally certified Asian Bodywork Therapists. Workshops, Tai Chi, Shiatsu classes for kids and adults. Student clinic by appointment. Licensed by the Dept. of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Tel: 617-697-1477; e-mail: ; Web:

AOM Alliance: The Alliance is the national membership association for the entire Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine community. In addition to membership, the Alliance offers a variety of products and services including practice brochures and patient materials, a professional presentation packet, and many others. Visit our website or call our office for information about products and services, many free of charge! Don't forget our Annual Conference and Exposition in Newport, R.I., May 6-10, 2005. Tel: 253-851-6896; e-mail: ; Web:

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine: In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ATOM (accredited) offers a Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine. Our mission is to provide students with a program that prepares them to become qualified independent practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. ATOM trains its students to the highest standards and professionalism. Tel: 954-763-9840; e-mail: ; Web:

Aukoshimo Professional Training Program:  Alternative Program published on CD-ROMs for Learning Koryo Hand Therapy, Auricular Therapy and for State and NCCAOM Acupuncture and Point Location Examinations.  Acupuncture for Medical Doctors and Chiropractors. Tel: 808-542-3212; e-mail: ; Web:

Bastyr University: Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is one of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences. Founded in 1978 to train naturopathic physicians, Bastyr has evolved into a multidisciplinary university for serious study in a broad range of natural health sciences. Tel: 425-823-1300; e-mail: ; Web:

CEUonline: CEUonline - Continuing education provider units for acupuncturists, massage therapists, and nursing. We offer home studies that can be ordered online. Tel: 239-495-8282; Web:

Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine: Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, LAc, is clinical director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine. Her San Francisco clinic has been operational since 1990, using Chinese Traditional Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicine as part of a comprehensive program. Dr. Cohen offers a three-day course for acupuncturists to learn to use Chinese Traditional Medicine as complementary or alternative to Western medical treatment for Hepatitis C virus and associated complications (25 CEUs). Tel: 707-773-0176; e-mail: ; Web:

China Studies: China Studies is an educational organization established to offer educational tours to China. We offer programs in Acupuncture, TCM, herbal studies, tuina massage, acupressure and Feng Shui. All of our programs can qualify one for Continuing Education Units for TCM doctors, registered nurses and massage therapists. Tel: 800-551-2482; e-mail: ; Web:

The Golden Dragon Health Assoc.: Teaches CEU workshops nationwide in Taoist I-Ching Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Polarity, Qigong Healing, Tui Na, Feng Shui ... with Jeff Nagel, Lac. For an upcoming workshop schedule, please visit our website. Tel: 619-542-1903; e-mail: ; Web:

Healing Qi Institute: A branch of the International Institute of Medical Qigong offering Medical Qigong training and certification programs in Los Angeles. Classes are taught in semester format and also in 5-day seminar intensives. Classes are open to both laypersons and health professionals alike. Additional classes include "Mastering Healing Qi" one-day seminars and "Standing Like a Tree" Qigong courses. Next semester begins January 2005. Tel: 323-664-8241; e-mail: ; Web:

Honso USA, Inc.: Suppliers of high quality herbal formulas, specializing in Kampo formulations, Honso USA, Inc. has a reputation of strong quality control and stringent standardization. In an effort to extend awareness of quality Classical Chinese herbal formulations, Honso USA now hosts nationwide seminars to practitioners and students alike. Leading experts of Chinese medicine/Kampo such as Dr. Shan Liang, Nigel Dawes, and Dr. Haihe Tian instruct based on their clinical experiences with these historical formulations. Tel: 888-461-5808; e-mail: ; Web:

Illinois State Acupuncture Association (ISAA): The ISAA represents acupuncturists in Illinois and is the premier provider of high quality CEU classes in Oriental Medicine for the Midwest. Our mission is to give legislative and professional support to advance the status of the Illinois licensed acupuncturist. We retain a lobbyist and recently eliminated the physician referral requirement. Tel: 312-850-4849; Web:

Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc.: The institute trains licensed acupuncturists, physicians and students in the profound body-mind-spirit tradition of the late Professor J.R. Worsley. The program meets Friday-Monday for 9 months, with 3 months of one day per week supervised clinical practice. The program, called "life-transforming" by its graduates, is under the direction of Professor Neil R. Gumenick, with 25 years in private practice and a Master Apprentice to J.R. Worsley. Tel: 310-453-2235; e-mail: ; Web:

The Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture: The Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) has been teaching the oral tradition of Classical Five Element Acupuncture based upon the works of J.R. Worsley since 1996. Classes begin in August of each year. Please call for a catalog. We also offer advanced training in Classical Five Element Acupuncture with Hilary Skellon. Tel: 720-890-8922; Web:

Japanese Acupuncture Certification Series with Dr. Miki Shima: A two-year certification program exploring the Japanese Art of Acupuncture. One weekend course will be taught every three months with home study videos and materials. Topics to be covered include Needling Techniques, Diagnostic Techniques, Channel Divergences, Extraordinary Vessels and Meridians. Tel: 415-924-5223; Web:

Kampo Northwest: Come Learn the Practical & Precise Application of Kampo Medicine through Abdominal Diagnosis.  March 4th, 5th & 6th, 2005, Seattle, WA.  Tel: 800-690-2024.

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine's pioneering doctoral program, designed for working practitioners, is currently accepting applications for the July 2005 DAOM class. OCOM was among the first colleges approved to offer this degree, and our hope is that graduates will naturally be positioned as future leaders in the field. The flexible modular format enables professionals to maintain their practices while pursuing the degree. Oregon residency is not required. Tel: 503-253-34463; Web:

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA) College & Clinic: Obtain a degree or additional training in Chinese Herbology for national certification or for CEU's with our unique herbal curriculum and flexible schedule. PIHMA offers alternating weekends with flexible clinical opportunities.  PIHMA's herbal curriculum is based on "American-style" learning of traditional Chinese concepts through an integrated syndrome-herb-formula approach. Tel: 602-274-1885 ext. 112; e-mail: ; Web:

Southwest Symposium: Coming March 11-13, 2005 in Austin, Texas. Twenty-one acupuncture continuing education credits available. Nursing continuing education credits also available. Co-sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing and the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin. Tel: 800-824-9987, ext. 238; e-mail: ; Web:

Sports Acupuncture/Tukong Martial Arts: Founder, President and CEO Riccardo Green offers a wide variety of services, monthly workshops, gift certificates, memberships, private, and groups class sessions.  We do accept patient and student referrals.  Tel: 206-547-0550; e-mail: ; Web:

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Yo San offers a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM). Yo San is dedicated to teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) according to the principles of Taoist Classical Medicine. In addition to an academically rigorous environment, Yo San offers unique Qi and Professional Development programs. At Yo San University, you will gain the tools to become a successful healer, not just a technician. Tel: 877-YOSAN-4U (877-967-2648); Web:

If your company offers products or services to the acupuncture/Oriental medicine profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices?," please contact Acupuncture Today's marketing department at 1-800-324-7758 or .


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