Acupuncture Technique I and Clean Needle Technique

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine ACM 5323 3.00

This first course in acupuncture techniques is designed to introduce the three basic techniques of needling, moxibustion and cupping. Emphasizing safety and comfort, the students will learn to handle acupuncture needles, understand the use of different styles and sizes of needles and to learn to focus one’s qi and intention in order to successfully implement the basic techniques of reinforcing and reducing. This course includes point preparation, angle and depth of insertion, and needle removal. Tonification and sedation needling techniques, moxibustion, cupping, and seven-star needle techniques are also taught. This course will provide foundational skills leading to competency to begin clinical practice. It is through the study of technique and the continuous review of point location, function and surface anatomy that clinical skill develops. Clean needle technique is taught, as well as how to handle acupuncture related clinical emergencies. This course fulfills the clean needle technique (CNT) requirement as required by California 1399.451. Prerequisites: ACM5220, ACM5221. ACM 5220; ACM 5221

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