The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations

The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations
The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations
28-30 September 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

What makes an average acupuncture treatment an optimal one?

The answer to this question, according to lecturer David Hartmann, always revolves around the point combinations used for the treatment. What is your strategy? Does it come from past treatment successes for certain conditions? Perhaps it’s a point combination that a favorite author suggested? Maybe it’s designed around a diagnostic tool you use like the Wǔ Xíng/Five Element System or the Zàng Fǔ Patterns of Disharmony?

Recently the international publishing company Singing Dragon commissioned David to write a book tentatively titled The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations due for publication in May 2019. This came about as a result of David researching, gathering and generating information for his students. In the end, the content got so large that he realized that this information needed to get out to as many people internationally as possible.

That’s where the idea of this workshop came from: as a way to get this valuable information out to attendees before the book was even released. It’s designed to get participants thinking about the reasons for their point combination choices via theoretical and practical discussions and activities. It will include wide-ranging point combination strategies/themes including, but not limited to:

  • How acupuncture point combinations work
  • Sticky forehead labels for our patients
  • Treating the person, not the disease
  • How to combine acupuncture points
  • Local and distal points on the same channel
  • Yīn Yáng partners – Five Elements (Wǔ Xíng)
  • Yīn Yīn partners (Six Divisions)
  • Yáng Yáng partners (Six Divisions)
  • Points with similar names
  • Top and bottom
  • Corresponding
  • Distal and local
  • Left and right
  • Front and back
  • Whole body
  • Back Shù, Front , Yuán Source
  • Luò Connecting – Yīn Yáng partners
  • Triangle/Pyramid of power
  • Qí Jīng Bā Mài – Eight Extraordinary Vessels combinations
  • Figure Eight – Wǔ Shén/Five Spirits balancing
  • Zàng Fǔ/Sān Jiāo balance
  • Kidney Spirit Gate
  • The ‘Halo Anchor’ combination
  • ‘Three Yīn 6’s’ tonic
  • Flushing the extremities
  • Nourishing the organs

There will also be consistent clinical examples of point combinations using a variety of disorders. This will then feed into the hands-on component which will show plenty of different strategies discussed above as well as getting participants involved in practical activities to challenge their understanding of point combinations.

Regardless of the level of experience, this workshop will accommodate all the students. There will also be extensive notes provided for the students as well.

Learning how best to combine the points allows attendees to study far less points individually, because they will understand how points should be grouped together, thereby providing optimal treatment results.

Learning and practicing how to combine acupuncture points

To introduce students to the under-valued concept of acupuncture point combinations, they aren’t given too many point combination concepts at once. After three or four concepts are discussed attendees get given time to consolidate that knowledge via practical demonstration and group work. Attendees are shown most of the point combinations by the lecturer before splitting up into group work. The lecturer will then wander around the room ensuring the techniques are performed correctly. This also allows for those attendees that are still confused to be given more personal attention.

All practical work is done in small groups of three or four. This allows for everyone to bounce ideas off the rest of the group and the lecturer as he wanders around. There will also be an opportunity to practice some of the point combination concepts on yourself as well as on the lecturer.

Not all practical work will involve needling. Attendees are also given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge via group work which requires constructing point combinations together and then present the findings to the rest of the class.

Workshop learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be competent in understanding how acupuncture point combinations work, and how important the concept of ‘treating the person and not the disease’ is.

Understanding the 22 different acupuncture point combinations discussed regardless of whether they are basic, intermediate, or complex concepts will ready attendees to practically apply the 22 different point combinations in their clinical setting, being able to explain what they are doing when asked by patients and/or peers.

The students will walk out of this workshop appreciating an entirely new concept that is rarely taught adequately in Chinese Medicine institutions. It will not only make them capable of sharing and discussing this new found knowledge with others in the Chinese medicine field but also ready them for further advanced point combination workshops in the future.

Because after this workshop they’ll know they have found the answer to the question: What makes an average acupuncture treatment an optimal one?

FYI: Last May at the prestigious AACMAC (Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference) David Hartmann was awarded with The Best Acupuncture Presentation of the 2018 Conference for his presentation on the Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations!

INTRODUCTION VIDEOS: David Hartmann has uploaded 5 videos on his facebook page Chinese Medicine: History and Philosophy. The first video is a brief introduction of David. In the second video, David talks about the Acupuncture Point Combination book (release date May 2019) and the upcoming Acupuncture Point Combinations workshop series in 2018 and 2019. In video three David shows us a glimpse on how acupuncture points work, including some examples. Video four is about a specific acupuncture point combination called 'The Figure Eight Method', one of Davids favorites. The last video discusses two different combinations that are specific to Pin Yin names/meanings, which - according to David - is a truly fascinating aspect of Chinese Medicine.

BONUS: As an introduction to David Hartmann and his knowledge on acupuncture, students who have registered for this course can purchase his book Acupoint Dictionary for the discount price of € 30.00.
If his book The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations is published in 2019, students who have registered for his course can also obtain that book with a discount.
If you’re interested, please notify International Lectures by e-mail after you have received the confirmation of your registration for this course.

Kontakt der Kontinenten
Amersfoortsestraat 20
3769 AS Soesterberg

Tel: +31 346 351755
€ 555

incl. coffee/tea/water/lunch

Required knowledge

Basic TCM. Students that register will receive a list of 100 acupuncture points that most probably will be discussed during the workshop.

Target group

Acupuncturists, students acupuncture

Accredited by

Accreditation has been obtained from NVA (code AT), Zhong (category 1, 18 NAP) and NWP (3 points/day).

Accreditation will be applied at Eufom and BAF if a student is a member of one of these organizations.

A member of the VNT can apply for an individual accreditation in the member section online.

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