What You Get
CEUs/PDAs 10.5
Approved: California [Until 2024/04/11]* (10.5), Florida (10.5), IVAS (10.5), NCCAOM (10.5), Standard Certificate (10.5)
LENGTH 10.5 Hours
Course TYPE Recorded Seminar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
This course is a complete experience of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, as taught by the late Professor J.R. Worsley, who brought this tradition to the Western World. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of the practice. This will include the concept of diagnosing and treating the elemental Causative Factor of disease. They will learn how this system addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. They will also learn the diagnostic correspondences associated with each element and how to use their senses of smelling, seeing, hearing, and feeling to diagnose the Causative Factor. They will experience a profound and effective practical exercise to awaken the vital diagnostic sense of smell. They will learn the interviewing skills so essential in truly knowing the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of a patient and translating those needs into a specific and individualized treatment plan.

Case studies are included, and students will learn the specific acupuncture and moxibustion treatments that were given - how, and why they were chosen.

Students will also get an overview of specific acupuncture points and point combinations, including Source points, Junction points, Horary points, Element points, Tonification points, Entry and Exit points, Associated Effect points, Windows of the Sky, points used to resolve specific energetic blocks (such as Possession, Aggressive Energy, and Husband/Wife Imbalance), as well as points used to treat the Spirit level directly.

The essential diagnostic skill of pulse reading in the Classical Five-Element tradition, with practical application will also be covered.

Guest teachers that are included in this course are Mary McCullough, BS, MSOM, L.Ac., Brian Bender, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., and Lindsay Kohn, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the concepts of sensory diagnosis of a patient’s elemental Causative Factor.
  • They will learn how to identify essential energetic blocks to treatment efficacy and how to clear them.
  • They will have an increased ability to effectively interview patients – how to make rapport and to use the interview as a diagnostic tool to assess the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of a patient.
  • They will learn the concept of pulse diagnosis and its importance in devising a treatment.
  • They will learn how points can be used for different purposes, both individually and in combinations.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 1 hrs

    Introduction, Fundamentals of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, The Causative Factor, The Body, Mind, and Spirit, Points for their Spiritual Connotations

    1 hrs - 2 hrs

    The Five Elements, 12 Officials and their Diagnostic Correspondences

    2 hrs - 4 hrs

    Pulse Diagnosis, Stage 1; Patient: Examination, Discussion, Treatment

    4 hrs - 5 hrs

    Pulse Diagnosis, Stage II; Interviewing and Rapport Skills; Introduction to Treating the Causative Factor using Source Points and Tonification Points; Review; Causative Factor; GV 19 and 20; Diagnostic Skills Exercises - Touch and Odor

    5 hrs - 6.5 hrs

    Review; Differentiating Between the Two Sides of Fire; Law of Cure; Identifying the Level – Body, Mind, or Spirit – of the Imbalance; Points Commonly Used to Benefit the Patient’s Spirit; Treating Acute Conditions; Pulse Taking

    6.5 hrs - 7.5 hrs

    Diagnosing and Treating Possession

    7.5 hrs - 8.75 hrs

    Blocks Continued: Aggressive Energy; Husband/Wife; Odor Exercises

    8.75 hrs - 10.5 hrs

    Blocks (continued); Exit/Entry; Centering the Umbilicus; Akabane; Treatment Strategies (continued); AEPs; Horary Points; Junction Points; Windows of the Sky

    What People Are Saying

    This course is perfect for an established TCM practitioner to deepen their practice or to begin the transition to 5 element practice if desired.

    Nancy B.- United States of America

    This is a very comprehensive online course for the material presented. Extremely helpful especially if you have already done a contact course

    Alexandra Y.- Australia

    I would recommend this course as either a beginning or a refresher course. Touching on the basics of most important points, combinations and reasonings. Delivered clearly and be knowledgeable people who have had the experience in clinic.

    Tammie T.- Australia

    It is very well organized, high quality teaching with richness and depth!

    yong w.- United States of America

    I loved all aspects of this course. As an acupuncturist, it was very easy to follow and understand and has left me wanting to learn more about the 5 Elemental spiritual approach to treatment . Very inspiring indeed!

    Django B.- United States of America

    Neil is a fantastic teacher: clear, well prepared, and passionately dedicated to this system of medicine.

    Leonard K.- United States

    A wonderful insight into the beauty that is 5 Element Acupuncture!

    Isa O.- United States of America

    If you are seeing that you can only take patients so far ( their good only for a few days) using the TCM/zang-fu.. and finding you are using the same points over and over, then it's time you learn 5 element acupuncture!! It offers so much more that you never got in your TCM schooling ( I know, I'm schooled in both) If you really want to see us humans as Spirit just using a body for awhile, then this system is for you.! For this is Truly spirit medicine. Neil is a wonderful teacher. You will never regret it, and your patients will see the difference too.

    kathryn c.- United States of America

    This intro course is just a taste of the richness of the Five Element Program. This is an experiential journey in the discovery of the Five Elements and it's deep connections to the human spirit and nature. It will challenge you, engage you, and change the way you see healing and yourself. It changed my life.

    Cynthia G.- United States of America

    This class and Neil Gumenick left me wanting to learn More of Five Elements!

    Jacqueline T.- United States of America

    The Professor is passionate about the points and it rubs off.

    Tess R.- United States

    If you are looking to take an introductory class to the basic elements and treatments of the Earth School, this is the course for you!! Very good, lots of wonderful information, immediately useful with patients.

    Kathleen L.- United States of America

    This course is a whole new life. Will. H. USA

    William H.- United States of America

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    About Neil Gumenick

    Professor Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), C.T. (Adv.), L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM) is the Founder, Director, and Chief Instructor of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. and has been in private practice since 1981. He holds three degrees, including Master of Acupuncture (UK) and Advanced Teacher certification from The College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK), awarded by Professor J.R. Worsley. Neil was a ten-year participant and senior coach in the Worsley Institute Master Apprentice Program™. He has served as Professor at Yo San University, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and SAMRA University, guest instructed at UCLA and USC Schools of Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture, TAI Sophia, Pacific Rim College, New England School of Acupuncture, and SCUHS. Neil has been a featured presenter at the Pacific Symposium, CSOMA Expo, AOM Alliance, AAMA Symposium, Southwest Symposium, Supply Center Expo, SCHUS Extravaganza, Canadian Oriental Medical Symposium, and the Five Element Acupuncture Symposium. Neil has been published in the European Journal of Oriental Medicine, California Journal of Oriental Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Meridians Magazine, T’ai Chi Press, L.A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and has been a columnist for Acupuncture Today since 2000, with over 70 articles published to date. Neil received the AAAOM award: Pioneers and Leaders in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2007.

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