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Nine Essential Needling Techniques to Increase Clinical Efficacy

Wednesday, 10/24 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, 10/23 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The objective of this course is to teach the physical mechanics necessary to successfully use nine different needling techniques in a clinical situation. Attendees will learn how to integrate body mechanics, hand positioning, and posture to effect obvious changes in the qi while treating a patient. Each technique is explained individually and demonstrated to ensure a thorough understanding of the material taught. A needle is not meant to be inserted into a point, but to manipulate the qi of a patient. The point is only a location, and its actions only happen reliably with correct manipulation of the needle. Understanding how to change the motion and intensity of our needling and supporting hands as well as our body weight is critical to moving beyond insertion and hoped-for results. To reliably create warming, cooling, channel traveling, gathering, spreading, filling, or emptying sensations in our patients requires knowing how to tangibly manipulate the needle. In this seminar, Andrew walks through the physical mechanics of each technique as well as demonstrates them on volunteers from the audience to the keep the presentation practical. The Nine Essential Needling Techniques covered are Burning Mountain 燒⼭山⽕火法, Cooling Sky 透天涼法, Channel Traveling ⾏行行經通絡法, Softening/Spreading 散法, Gathering/Consolidating 聚 法, Sparrow Pecking 雀 啄 法, Pulling Out 提 氣 法, Pinning In 扣 氣 法, and Awakening the Yuan 醒元法.

Andrew Nugent-Head

Founder & president of The Association for Traditional Studies, Andrew Nugent-Head lived in China for 28 years before returning to the US in 2014. He moved to China in 1986 to study Chinese medicine, internal cultivation practices and martial arts. He was privileged to learn in traditional mentor-disciple relationships with the last generation of practitioners born and educated prior to the arrival of Communism in 1949. Andrew is one of the only contemporary practitioners to have learned classical medicine directly from the practitioners who were trained before it was modernized into what is ironically known today as Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. Dedicated to saving the skills and perspectives of these practitioners, his work generated thousands of hours of footage and hundreds of seminars. Along with his wife and fellow practitioner JulieAnn, he runs a teaching clinic highlighting the efficacy of classical Chinese medicine. The Alternative Clinic is the realization of a dream each of his teachers shared: to create a place where patients can experience the true efficacy this medicine, a place where the clinical practice of Chinese medicine can be taught in an open, encouraging environment.


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