Post-Graduate Training Acupuncture

Post-graduate training in acupuncture is imperative. It is a requirement as a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Taking post-graduate courses for acupuncturists will build your client base, develop & improve your acupuncture skills and build your reputation as a professional.

Post-graduate training in acupuncture

General Interest Post-graduate Courses in Acupuncture

As in any profession, it is imperative to develop your skills and continually learn. Acquiring new skills and knowledge leads to a successful acupuncture career. Well-developed acupuncture skills will make you more proficient and trustworthy in the eyes of your clients and your peers.

The ability to continually learn and take post-graduate courses in acupuncture is endless. Many acupuncture schools offer general interest courses, certificates, and/or workshops. There are also online courses, seminars and symposiums available.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of ageing, without injections or drugs, and with minimal unwanted side effects. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is based on the principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture involves the superficial insertion of hair-thin needles, which stimulate both blood and energy to the face. It also increases collagen production, which fills out fine lines and wrinkles and gives firmness to the skin, giving a healthy complexion.

Learn to use basic principles of TCM to do a cosmetic acupuncture treatment such as:

  • Point selection and acupuncture needling techniques for conditions such as dark circles, puffy eyes, drooping skin, scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Adressing constitutional imbalances.
  • Acupressure-based face massage, utilizing acupuncture points to stimulate qi and blood in the face and neck areas.
  • Facial toning exercises so that practitioners can pass this onto clients to facilitate self-care and improvement.
  • Facial cupping techniques

Japanese Acupuncture

Since its introduction in Japan in 410 AD, acupuncture has been practiced thereby an unbroken line of practitioners for more than 1,600 years. Throughout the centuries, Japanese acupuncture has continuously evolved to reflect the country’s climate, geography, culture, and sensibilities. As a result, Japanese acupuncturists developed their own techniques and traditions that have spread overseas, bringing them into common practice in countries like China, South Korea, and other nations around the world.

Some unique features of Japanese acupuncture include:

  • the use of ultra fine needles for pain free needling
  • gentle needling techniques with shallow insertion
  • non-insertion contact needling
  • use of fewer needles
  • subtle De Qi
  • contact and non-insertion needling techniques
  • Oshide – left and right hand needling positions
  • the use of pure grade mugwort for direct and semi-direct moxibustion
  • an emphasis on hands-on diagnostic methods such as abdominal and pulse diagnosis

Korean Acupuncture

The application of Korean acupuncture needles is different than TCM. But the diagnosis in Korean acupuncture involves a full constitutional analysis similar to traditional Chinese medicine

Korean acupuncture focuses on the extremities like the hand or ear. Most of the standard acupuncture protocols in Korea use only four needles. It is otherwise known as the “four-needle” technique (or Sa-am technique).

There is a balancing concept that is the foundation behind four-needle acupuncture. The four needles are split two and two — two needles sedate or reduce excess qi in one organ system while two other needles tonify or increase qi in a second organ system.

Advanced and Specialized Training In China

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine offers this course with prerequisites: Diploma or Certificate in TCM or Acupuncture

This is carefully designed and structured to meet the specific needs of our students and other TCM practitioners while maximizing the learning experience in TCM and Chinese culture. Students will study in TCM hospitals where they can observe advanced TCM modalities and the integrated approach of TCM with western medicine for the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Students will also learn the treatment of specific conditions and special techniques from experts.

Case Study

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine offers this course with prerequisites: Diploma or Certificate in TCM or Acupuncture

This course provides students with an opportunity to discuss difficult cases in their practice. Advice will be provided by the instructor and fellow classmates in order to learn from each other and to improve their knowledge and clinical skills.

Research Development

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine offers this course with prerequisites: Diploma or Certificate in TCM or Acupuncture

This course exposes students to current research in TCM and acupuncture. Research papers will be presented and discussed in the class. Topics will be selected according to the interest of the students which may include clinical trials and theoretical explorations.

Seminars For Special Topics

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine offers this course with prerequisites: Diploma or Certificate in TCM or Acupuncture

Invited experts will present on special topics related to professional development. The topics may include TCM theory and diagnostics, acupuncture, treatment of specific diseases, research, business management, marketing, etc.

TCM Chinese Language

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine offers this course with prerequisites: Diploma or Certificate in TCM or Acupuncture

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning the Chinese language for a high level of understanding the medicine and culture. It will teach students oral and written the Chinese language related to TCM terminology and practice, and how to translate and understand TCM classic

Post-Graduate Acupuncture Online Webinars

Acupuncture post-graduate courses are available online. The advantage of taking online courses is that you can watch them at your own leisure.

Healthy Seminars is an online continuing education platform that offers a large selection of courses and resources for acupuncture, TCM, naturopathic and functional medicine practitioners.

Workshops, live webinars and on-demand seminars are offered by industry-acclaimed presenters. Providing access to the widest selection of CEU/PDA/CPD-approved courses online.

Post-graduate Training Certificate in Acupuncture

One of the ways acupuncturists can keep their skills up to date is through training certificates. By taking certificates courses, you display your proficiency as a professional acupuncturist.

Integrative Acupuncture: Professional Practice Certificate

Integrative acupuncture: Professional Practice Certificate is taught by Poney Chiang, Ph.D., MSTOM, R.Ac, R.TCMP Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health-York University

An east-west approach to acupuncture for practitioners who aspire to advance their practice with the best of both worlds. Integrate and apply the most practical biomedical and classical acupuncture skills including advanced trigger point needling and electro-neuro-modulation techniques for the peripheral and central nervous system.
Learn how to treat pain and neurological dysfunction informed by a neuro-anatomical understanding of the body while adhering to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories to provide patient-centred care.

Acupuncture & Moxibustion Certificate

Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine offers an acupuncture & moxibustion certificate. This certificate program is designed for Regulated Health Practitioners interested in practicing Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy to their primary method of treatment. The program will teach practitioners to use acupuncture for the treatment of pain and musculoskeletal disorders. The hours earned in the program can be applied to Diploma programs if graduates are interested in studying further and becoming a Registered Acupuncturist or a Registered TCM Practitioner.

Post-Graduate Acupuncture: Gynecology

Gynecology is the field of medicine that deals with reproductive health issues, primarily those related to reproductive organs. Learn the physical and pathological features of reproductive organs and their systems; learn to diagnose based on syndrome patterns and create appropriate treatment procedures for diseases and conditions related to menstruation, leucorrhea, pregnancy and labour.

Acupuncture for Fertility

Fertility issues can arise when one or both partners have physiological or structural factors that affect reproduction. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine will address these concerns and restores balance within the body.

Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture for Fertility

Learn how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used alone or alongside western medical fertility treatments. Discover how fertility drugs, surgery, artificial insemination, and IVF are used to help reduce side effects, improve stress management and optimize overall health in the attempt to improve chances of conceiving.

Concerns that may be helped include:

  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Poor Egg Quality and Low Ovarian Reserve
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Difficulties with Ovulation (Anovulation)
  • Tubal blockages

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Many issues may occur during pregnancy. Acupuncture offers a safe and effective way to help those who are pregnant be as comfortable as possible. Acupuncture can treat nausea and pain, support labour with fewer interventions.

Learn how to treat your patient’s throughout their pregnancy, encourage optimal health, prepare for efficient labour and postpartum recovery.

You will also gain an understanding of Western medical research to adapt to the most relevant TCM treatment for the different stages of pregnancy.

Due to COVID-19, many continuing education courses went virtual.
These are just a handful of courses that are available in Canada. Many are available in the United States in person and online.

Acupuncture Symposiums

Integrative Fertility Symposium

The Integrative Fertility Symposium (IFS) is held in Vancouver, British Columbia. This symposium is geared towards Acupuncturists, Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Naturopathic Physicians who have an interest in treating reproductive health.

IFS offers leading-edge workshops and panel discussions on reproductive health (Gynecology, Fertility, Pregnancy and this year, self-care). Learn from TCM experts, naturopathic doctors, functional medicine specialists, neuroscientists and reproductive endocrinologists and urologists on how to optimize fertility naturally, support IVF, and improve live birth outcomes.

Doctor of Acupuncture Post-Graduate Course

At this time, acupuncturists and TCM practitioners in Ontario cannot use the “doctor” title, a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language when providing or offering to provide health care in Ontario.

Until the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 is proclaimed into force and the regulations are made, the title “doctor” cannot be used until an amendment is passed by the CTCMPAO.

In the future, the title “doctor” may be used. If this is of interest to you, consider taking advanced TCM courses should the doctor class be offered to the members of the CTCMPAO.

Currently, the CTCMPAO has not made any announcement. The education requirements for Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine have yet to be announced.