What You Get
CEUs/PDAs 13
Approved: Florida (13), NCCAOM (13), Standard Certificate (13) Pending: California [Upon Request]*
LENGTH 13 Hours
Course TYPE Recorded Webinar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
Many of us where taught the Four-Needle method while in school, but actually learning it well enough to make use of the profound qi transfer potential that it's capable of is another issue.

The Four-Needle method works best when backed with the original set of diagnostics that help you to hone in on the channels that are most deficient or excess. And this is where the perspectives found in the Saam method are extremely helpful.

Saam acupuncture uses a blend of the fives phases and six qi to assess imbalances. These imbalances are treated with four needles to powerfully tonify an organ or meridian by using Five Phase correspondences to promote the Generative cycle, and at the same time adding in the Controlling cycle to further boost the qi an organ or meridian. These treatments are not harmonizing, but when correctly employed they can restore balance to the overall system.
  • Understand the classical foundations of Saam acupuncture
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings from the Yi Jing, Su Wen, Five Phase and Six Conformation perspectives
  • Learn and apply the diagnostic parameters of the Saam system
  • Understand the clinical application of the counterbalanced organ pairs
  • Recognize mistreatment and reverse it
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Read Toby's article on The Classical Roots and Application of the Sa'am Acupuncture Tradition

    1.5 hrs - 3.5 hrs

    About the system, roots in the Yi Jing, Nei Jing, Five Phase and Six Conformation correspondences, organ excess presentations

    3.5 hrs - 5.5 hrs

    Organ excess presentations, considering excess and deficiency, correcting mistreatment, treatment strategies, clinical practicalities, needling considerations

    5.5 hrs - 7.5 hrs

    Why to only tonify in the beginning, four needle method, other needling considerations, the influence of needle gauge, using complexion to judge the correctness of treatment, correcting mistreatment, use of the back shu points to aid in diagnosis

    7.5 hrs - 9 hrs

    Recommendations for integrating into your practice, questions from day one, instructor clinical case studies and discussion

    9 hrs - 10.5 hrs

    Student case studies and discussion

    10.5 hrs - 12 hrs

    Further case studies and discussion

    12 hrs - 13 hrs

    Final questions, comments and closing

    What People Are Saying

    If you are looking for an effective tool in your clinical toolbox you need to take this course. I haven’t tried this method yet, but I know. Couple of practitioners that solely rely on this method and get great clinical results!

    Violette M.- United States of America

    This course was truly well put together and has helped me yield amazing clinical results. It is clear, concise and Toby does an amazing job of conveying his mentor's teachings while clearly defining what is his own additional experience or opinion.

    Kari G.- United States of America

    Great, complete SA'AM course that gives you enough understanding to begin using it immediately in clinic. If you are curious about SA'AM this is definitely the place to start.

    Leona M.- United States of America

    Helpful introduction to SA'AM. Includes theory and demos. Usable in clinic quickly. Powerful addition to clinical options.

    Catherine/Kitty B.- United States of America

    This is not justa great introduction to this system— you’ll be ready to treat patients successfully and be excited to learn more. RICH EXPERIENCE OF APPLIED CHINESE MEDICAL PHILOSOPHY.

    Joselo G.- United States of America

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    About Toby Daly

    Toby received his undergraduate degree in Food Science from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He began studying Chinese medicine in 1997 with Sunim Doam, a Korean monk trained in the Saam tradition. He earned his master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002 upon completion of training at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and Chengdu University in China. During his four years of training in San Francisco, he interned with the prominent acupuncturist Dr. Angela Wu and learned to apply the lofty theories he was studying in school into the pragmatic setting of a busy clinic. In 2013, he developed the Chinese Nutritional Strategies app to provide digital access to the wealth of Chinese dietary wisdom. In 2016, he completed a PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine under the guidance of 88th generation Daoist priest Jeffery Yuen. In 2021, he developed the Chinese Medical Characters app to enable direct access to foundational Chinese medical terms and concepts. His current focus is on sharing his 20 years of clinical experience with the Saam tradition.

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