Learn from our World Renowned Instructor & Program Director Poney Chiang, an elevate your acupuncture practice using an East- West approach.
The Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) at York University in Canada is now offering its Integrative Acupuncture Certificate in the summer for local and international health professionals who want to elevate their acupuncture practice using an East-West approach, while they enjoy the summer in Toronto.
Combine academic and leisure in one of the most livable and competitive cities in the world according to various international rankings.
If you are traveling to attend the International Summer Institute, please read the following information carefully.
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Please note the Integrative Acupuncture Certificate is also offered throughout the year, if you wish to register to non-summer dates please click here.
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.
The Integrative Acupuncture: Professional Practice Certificate program balances Eastern and Western medicine through an integrated approach to acupuncture.
Most “integrated” acupuncture programs teach Eastern and Western acupuncture side by side without demonstrating how to incorporate the skills and knowledge from both approaches into practice. This one-of-a-kind program teaches 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.
How You Will Benefit:
- Elevate your practice with intensive training in three core skill sets: (1) Trigger point & motor points needling, (2) Peripheral nerve palpation and electro-modulation (3) Central nervous system stimulation.
- 6 hours of cadaver practical lab to visualize acupuncture anatomy.
- Hands-on clinical skills practicum through supervised group practices.
- Analyze passages from TCM classics relevant to pain, channel theory, and needle technique.
- All techniques taught are evidence-based and proven to effectively treat pain and neurological conditions.
- Refine muscle, tendon, trigger point, and neuro-palpation skills.
- Hone advanced needling skills: elicit local twitch response, de-irritate cutaneous nerves, de-inhibit motor nerve trunks, predict and confirm the correct DeQi sensation for individual acupoints.
- Communicate the inter-relationship between the channel system and neurovascular system.
- Explain the cause-and-effect between trigger points, nerve entrapment, and channel pathways.
- Learn to design patient-centred prescriptions using the S.M.A.R.T guideline to address sensory, motor, autonomic, radicular, and trigger points.
- Obtain consistent clinical results using our protocols for orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Who Should Take this Program:
- Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac)
- Registered health professionals with at least 200 hours of prior training in acupuncture (per WHO guideline)
This program surpassed my expectations. The material and skills taught are dense and highly in-depth, while bridging the gap between Classical Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. Dr. Chiang deepened my understanding of human anatomy, neurological function, and classical point location. The teachings, although in-depth, are easily applicable to clinical use and understanding. The in-depth cadaver experience was extraordinary. I highly recommend this program to any Acupuncturist!
- Autum Kirgan, L.Ac, Clinic Owner of All Seasons Acupuncture
At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion.
Failure to attend the program dates and/or achieve the learning objectives as determined by the instructor can result in you not earning the certificate of completion. Refunds are not applicable in this case.
You will need to complete all modules to receive a certificate of completion from York University. However, you may receive a certificate for NCCAOM PDA points for each individual module.
Note: Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting their hours for credit.
The program is:
- Approved for 78 Category A Core Activity continuing education credits from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
- Approved by the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
- Approved for 78 Professional Development Activity (PDA) points from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
The program meets the criteria for:
- Up to 15 hours of self-directed Professional Development Activities required annually for the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
- Up to 50 Category A continuing education units (CEU) required for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
This 78-hour program includes contact practical training, demonstrations, a clinical skills practicum, and 6 hours of cadaver-based anatomy lab.
Update your skills and learn how to diagnose, assess, and treat pain using novel integrated techniques. This advanced program for practitioners adheres to traditional acupuncture theory while focusing on neuro-myofascial approaches to acupuncture in modern clinical practice.
This program is designed to be practical and applicable to your acupuncture practice. You will have the opportunity to observe clinical treatments and participate in hands-on practicum. The program will also incorporate use of acupuncture technologies for integrative acupuncture methods.
The program will cover topics such as:
This unique training program integrates the following traditional and biomedical acupuncture paradigms and methodologies:
- Channel Plucking/Neuro-Palpation
- Modern Point Drifting: Re-anchored Classical Locations
- Channel Sinew Neuromyofascial Anatomy
- Acupoint Neuroanatomy
- Ashi/Trigger Point & Motor Point
- Segmental Acupuncture
- Battlefield Acupuncture (with permission from founder Dr. Niemtzow)
- Auricular Acupuncture for ANS & CNS Stimulation
- MRI-verified Scalp Acupuncture System
Clinical Skills Practicum:
- Clinical Skills Demonstration
- Hands-on Supervised Group Practice
The Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate program will be conveniently delivered in three (3) modules.
Module 1: July 6-9
Introduction to Integrative Acupuncture
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi Sensation for Upper Extremity Part 1-2
Neurological Mechanism of Acupuncture
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Upper Extremity Part 3-5
Upper Extremity Treatment Protocol Demonstration: De Quervain tenosynovitis, Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis, Tricep Tendinosis, Bicepital Tendinitis, Rotator Cuff Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder
SMART Guideline: East & West Integration
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Neck & Head Part 1
Applied Acupuncture Anatomy Cadaver Lab: Head, Neck & Upper Extremity
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Neck & Head Part 2
Battlefield Acupuncture (permission from founder Dr. Niemtzow)
Neck & Head Treatment Protocol Demonstration: Tension Headache, Migraine Headache, Cluster Headache, Neuropathic Headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Nerve (Bell's) Palsy, Cervicalgia
Break-days July 10-11
Module 2: July 12-15
Ling Shu Chapter 13: Channel Sinew & Cadaver Research
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Lower Extremity Part 1-3
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Lower Extremity Part 4-5
Lower Extremity Treatment Protocol Demonstration: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinosis, Anterior/Posterior Shin Splint, Pes Anserine Tendinosis, Popliteal Tendinosis, Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome, Patellofemoral Joint Syndrome, Ischial Tuberosity Bursitis, Inversion Ankle Sprain.
Entriggerment. Trigger Point & Nerve Entrapment
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Torso Part 1-2
Applied Acupuncture Anatomy Cadaver Lab: Torso & Lower Extremity
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Torso Part 3-4
Torso Treatment Protocol Demonstration: Lumbabo, Sciatica, Thoracolumbar Junction Syndrome, Anterior Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Upper & Lower Cross Syndrome.
Break-days July 16-17
Module 3: July 18-21
Introduction & Overview of 16 Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
Differential diagnosis & protocols for Upper Extremity Entrapments: 1. Scalene Entrapment; 2. Radial Tunnel; 3. Posterior Interosseus Nerve; 4. Wartenburg Syndrome; 5. Pronator Teres; 6. Anterior Interosseous Nerve; 7.Carpal Tunnel; 8. Cubital Tunnel; 9. Guyon's Canal
Differential diagnosis & protocols for Lower Extremity Entrapments: 10. Psoas Entrapment; 11. Meralgia Parathetica; 12. Piriformis Syndrome; 13. Adductor Tunnel; 14. Peroneal Tunnel; 15. Anterior Tarsal Tunnel; 16. Medial Tarsal Tunnel
Acupuncture research for Central Neurological Conditions
TCM perspective on Neurological Disorders: Wind, Wei Syndrome, Du-Mai Pathology
Awaken the Brain Open the Orifice /XinNaoKaiQiao (Dr. Shi Xue Ming Style)
Neuro-anatomical Scalp Acupuncture (MRI-verified Cortical Mapping)
Yin-Yang Balancing Acupoint-to-Acupoint Penetrative Needling (AAPN) for Spastic Paralysis
Electrically Evoked Sensory Volley
Proprioceptive Articular Sensory Nerve Needle Technique
Auricular Acupuncture for Neurological dysfunction.
Central & Peripheral Protocols for Stroke, MS, Parkinson, Motor Neuron Disease
Poney Chiang - PhD, MSTOM, R.Ac, R.TCMP
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health-York University
Poney Chiang received a PhD in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, followed by a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. He is an adjunct professor and founder of the Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program for the Faculty of Health at York University (Toronto). Poney is also a professor at the American Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He is a leading expert in peripheral neuro-anatomy of acupoints and their associated neuro-modulation needle techniques. Poney has been invited to lecture at various international TCM and biomedical acupuncture symposiums and to conduct workshops in North/South America, Europe, and Australia. His current research interest involves an MRI-based study of the neuro-anatomy of acupoints on the scalp and their relationships to cortical functional regions.
Poney is the primary author revising Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture, (Ellis & Wiseman, Paradigm Publication) which is to feature original dissection and illustrations for more than 400 distinct acupoints. Under his supervision, his students have published research in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Chinese Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Former students have become sought-after anatomy instructors and consultants to develop dissection curriculum for Chinese medicine institutions.
Poney was appointed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist of Ontario as a license examination writer, and as members of the Disciplinary and Complaint committees where he volunteers his service to protect the public and ensure high professional standards for the Chinese medicine profession. He is also called upon to serve as expert witness at professional hearings.
“I must first make mention that the fact we had such an enthusiastic and skilled teacher made all the difference. Dr. Poney Chiang has a genuine love for what he does and it shows. The skills I learned has given me a great sense of confidence, and I know that it will raise the caliber of my work as an acupuncturist. Many of these techniques have already been good use to me in my practice. Thank you Poney for all the amazing information that you shared with us. I always will look forward to join your classes. " - Zohreh Fadavi, R.Ac
"Studying from Poney Chiang has been a rewarding investment for my personal knowledge as well as the growth of my clinical practice. Poney is a great teacher who is obviously very passionate about sharing his knowledge. My confidence in treating pain cases has really grown and I am already starting to get referrals from my colleagues!" - Jordan Sokoloski, ND
Melissa Lee - BSc, ND, R.Ac
Melissa Lee is a dedicated Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist who is passionate about health. She focuses on understanding people, illness patterns, and disease which allows her and her patients to identify areas of the body that need support. By actively listening and individualizing treatments, she helps people understand their health while addressing the root cause of a condition. As an Acupuncturist, Melissa combines her classical acupuncture training with a neuroanatomical approach. Melissa has also co-authored peer reviewed articles in Eastern and Western acupuncture journals. Her clinical focuses include Women’s health/fertility, pain management, autoimmune conditions and digestion.
When Melissa’s not seeing patients, she is enjoying her time with her family, baking or biking around the city.
Dr. Lee is a Member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO), The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
Daniel Oritz - MSTOM, L.Ac, LMT, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Daniel Oritz is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of New York. He graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) and Massage Therapy in 2013.
Daniel specializes in the integration of Acupuncture and Massage Therapy for Orthopedic Disorders and Pain Management. He integrates Zheng Gu Tui Na (Advanced Chinese Medical Massage) and Therapeutic Thai Massage, joint mobilization, and stretching techniques to complement his approach to acupuncture treatments.
Previously, he did a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto in Mayaguez, and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Materials Science Program from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His interest in research led him to study Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture with Dr. Poney Chiang. After studying with him for several years, they have co-authored in peer-reviewed journals together (Medical Acupuncture). Daniel is proficient in Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture. He has been called upon to teach at the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has offered training to physiotherapists in Barcelona, Spain.
Daniel currently works as staff acupuncturist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where he treats patients and collaborates with other major health professionals in research and development in Integrated Medicine.
Samuel Lo - R.Ac, R.TCMP, DOMP, RMT
Samuel Lo has been practicing Acupuncture, Osteopathy, and Massage Therapy for 20+ years and specializes in pain management. Samuel first graduated from massage therapy, then continued to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Science. Samuel graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Complementary medicine, and an Honours Diploma in Health Science in Acupuncture. Samuel gained in-field experience in Chinese medicine through a series of internships in hospitals while doing his residency in China from 2004-2007. When he returned to Toronto, he started his education in Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and graduated in 2014. Samuel has since been in private practice in Toronto, Ontario. His unique experience in both ‘East meets West’ complementary forms of medicine enables him to help patients with diverse and multi-faceted aspects of pain management.
Samuel has been working in conjunction with Poney Chiang to develop his Neuro-Meridian acupuncture curriculum since 2014 and is an instructor for York University’s Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program. In order to make dissection-based anatomical learning available to acupuncture and other CAM practitioners, Samuel founded and directs a dissection training intensive course (www.iDissect.ca), offered at Humber College in Toronto.
RYAN TZE-WAI LONGENECKER - BSc, R.Ac, R.TCMP
Ryan Tze-Wai Longenecker is a graduate of the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing Acupuncture and TCM since 2008. With a longstanding goal of integrating Eastern and Western medicine, Ryan always felt that there simply has to be a biomechanical explanation for much of the phenomena seen through acupuncture. After taking many courses and learning from many teachers, it wasn't until taking Poney Chiang's course did all of the lightbulbs go off. He has taken Poney’s Neuro-Meridian course for several years in a row and now collaborates with Poney on various projects to advance the TCM profession.
Ryan is one of the few Canadian practitioners who focuses primarily on degenerative eye diseases. This includes Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Optic Atrophy, and Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Juny Wu - BSc (Kinesiology), MSc, PT
Juny Wu began her journey at McMaster University by completing a Kinesiology degree (2009) followed by a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Western University (2011). She has been an executive of the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 2015.
Juny’s passion to harmoniously blend Eastern philosophy and techniques with Western evidenced-based approach in the treatment of acute and chronic pain led her to study under Poney Chiang on several occasions (Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certification and Neuro-meridian Integrative Acupuncture). Inspired yet recognizing gaps in her knowledge, Juny immediately set forth to study Chinese medicine, and will complete the Herbal and Acupuncture program at Canadian College of Traditional Chinese medicine by 2021. She currently practises in Oakville where she integrates her evolving knowledge of acupuncture, manual therapy, and exercise.
Accommodation & Excursions
Toronto offers a wide range of accommodation and activities during your visit.
Commuting from downtown Toronto is easy and direct. York University, Keele Campus is a step on the subways line.
Please note the International Summer Institute fees does not include travel, accommodation or excursions fees. Learners are expected to make their own their travel arrangements, after HLLN team has confirmed their registration.
York University, Keele Campus offers short-term on-campus accommodation:
|Guest Apartments on Campus (bfriendly accommodation)||The Guest Apartments include:
|Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus||The Executive Learning Centre features:
Book on-line: www.elc.schulich.yorku.ca
Call reservations at: +1 416.650.8300
If you prefer to stay in the Toronto downtown area (GTA), there are several hotels to choose from (York University does not endorse any hotel).
Travel distance from GTA to York University Keele Campus by subway is 40 minutes approx and by car 25-30 minutes approx.
|The Chelsea hotel (www.chelseatoronto.com) has offered an especial rate starting CAD$179 plus tax per room/night.
Book online: bit.ly/2Y4n2tg
Call reservations at: all 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or +1 416.595.1975 (make sure to identify yourself as part of the “Healthcare Professionals Group”)
Activities and Excursions
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) features activities for every interest from professional sports like tennis (e.g. Rogers Cup) to a bustling theatre or cinema scene (inc. Toronto Film Festival); LGBTQ pride to innovative medical research; and much more. Cosmopolitan gems like Chinatown, Little Italy, Kensington Market blend in with the natural beauty of Toronto Island, etc.
There are several sites and cities one can visit during your break days or weekend prior or after your program (York University does not endorse any tour company).
|Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada|
|Lake Ontario, Canada||Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada|
|Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec, Canada||New York City, USA|
For further information please check with you preferred tour company or contact: ISX Canada
Please visit: www.isx.ca
Call: + 1 416.920.997