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The International Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians: A Palpation Based Approach – Harvard Medical School

September 26, 2016 - May 29, 2017


This unique course provides a practical exposure to both the science and clinical practice of acupuncture. With the publication of the NIH Consensus statement in 1997, there has been a growing interest in the academic and clinical arena about the potential applications of acupuncture for pain control and other medical conditions. The formation of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the growing number of high-quality research in the field highlight the need for physicians interested in the clinical practice of acupuncture to have a solid grounding in both clinical methods and the scientific literature. The course is designed to bridge the gap for physicians, dentists, chiropractors and licensed acupuncturists between acupuncture practice and science. Current theories of the neuromodulatory and humeral effect of acupuncture will be discussed and the clinical literature will be presented while participants learn the theory and practice of acupuncture during this 9-month course. Emphasis will be on pointing out the limitations of our current knowledge and the need for better research design and clinical practice. Recent advances in understanding the basis of acupuncture neuromodulation using functional magnetic imaging will be presented as well.

The course will provide 300.25 hours of continuing education hours over a 9-month period with 6 hours per week of web-based didactic sessions and video demonstrations and 5 live, intensive weekend workshops with hands-on sessions. Of the 300 hours, 182 hours will focus on the theory and science of acupuncture and 118.25 hours will involve live, clinical experience.

The course duration is 9-months, from September 26, 2016 — May 29, 2017. There are two learning components to the course —“live” or on-site and “enduring” or web-based.


The topics of this course will include the following:

  • Pain Control
  • OB/GYN and Hormonal Imbalances
  • GI Disorders
  • Scar Treatments
  • Structural and Orthopedic Problems
  • Cardiac and Vascular Disorders
  • Autoimmune and Autonomic Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Myofascial and Neuroanatomic Treatment
  • Electroacupuncture and Laser acupuncture
  • German Microsystem approach (MAPS: Mikro- Aku-Punkt-Systeme)
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture
  • Pediatric Acupuncture
  • Neurological problems


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