Basic course curriculum content

The following is a description of each day of the basis course.

G1 – Foundation. The background of acupuncture

Introduction to the scientific and other relevant fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  • Introduction to the scientific and acupuncture-related backgrounds of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
  • Introduction to acupuncture.
  • Historical medical backgrounds.
  • Neurophysiological backgrounds and stimulation transmission through the blood. Clinical research data.
  • Physiological backgrounds.
  • Effect on endogenous opioid system, non-opioid neurotransmitter.
  • Anatomical backgrounds, blood vessel/nerve bundles, fascia chains, muscle function chains, performance of acupuncture
  • treatment.
  • Practical aspects of acupuncture treatment, length of the treatment, frequency of the treatment, course of the
  • treatment.
  • Quality standards in science, in the clinic and in the peripheral practice.
  • Point localisations on the body according to anatomical characteristics, pressure pain and the unit (cun).
  • Simple needling techniques and needle stimulation, moxibustion (i.e. stimulation with burning herbs) and
  • cupping.

G2 – Foundation. The background of acupuncture

Further introduction to the scientific and other relevant fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  • Care needs assessment, contraindications, undesirable side effects of acupuncture, informing patients, documentation and quality management.
  • Introduction to the taxonomy of the organs of the ventral energy channel. Its acupuncture points. Practising the treatment,
  • the acupuncture points of this energy flow.
  • Lung channel.
  • Large intestine channel.
  • Practical demonstrations by the instructor, one-on-one exercises by the students.

G3 – Foundation. The background of acupuncture

Further introduction to the scientific, other relevant and acupuncture-related fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  • Clinical research, basic scientific research, placebo research.
  • Comparison of Western (morphological) research with acupuncture-specific (functional) research.
  • Further introduction to the taxonomy of the organs of the ventral energy channel.
  • Meridian channels, meridian axis, stomach channel.
  • Practical demonstrations by the instructor, one-on-one exercises by the students.

G4 – Taxonomy of organ systems: Ventral

Taxonomy of organ systems: Directing vessel and its acupuncture points.

  • Practising the treatment.
  • Review of the stomach channel.
  • Spleen channel.
  • Directing vessel.
  • Practical demonstrations by the instructor, one-on-one exercises by the students.

G5 – Taxonomy of organ systems: Dorsal

Taxonomy of organ systems: Governing vessel and its acupuncture points. Practising treatments.

  • Practising the treatment.
  • Meridian channel of energy, meridian axes, governing  vessel.
  • Acupuncture points of this energy flow.
  • Heart channel.
  • Small intestine channel.
  • Governing vessel.

G6 – Taxonomy of organ systems: Dorsal (continued)

Taxonomy of organ systems: Dorsal channel and its acupuncture points. Practising treatments.

  • Practising the treatment.
  • Urinary bladder channel.
  • Kidney channel.

G7 – Taxonomy of organ systems: Lateral

Taxonomy of organ systems: Lateral channel and its acupuncture points, part 1. Additional points.

  • Practising treatments.
  • Practising the treatment.
  • Meridian channel of energy, meridian axes.
  • Acupuncture points of this energy flow.
  • Pericardium channel.
  • Triple warmer channel.
  • Additional points outside the meridian.

G8 – Taxonomy of organ systems: Lateral (continued)

Taxonomy of organ systems: Lateral channel and its acupuncture points, part 2. Additional points.

  • Practising treatments.
  • Practising the treatment.
  • Gall bladder channel.
  • Liver channel.

G9 – Chinese and European ear acupuncture and introduction to other microsystems.

Treatment concepts: Ear acupuncture and introduction to other microsystems.

  • Practising the treatment.
  • Auricular cartography and topography, taxonomy of projection zones and points, possibly other microsystems as well.
  • Scientific support of ear acupuncture and other microsystems. Historical overview.
  • Anatomy, innervation, study options. Concept and basic principles of microsystems.
  • Care needs assessment, contraindications, and undesirable side effects of acupuncture and other microsystems.
  • Projection of the static and locomotive apparatus.
  • Projection of the internal organs.
  • Separate important points.

G10 – Taxonomy and pathology of organ systems: Medial dorsal

Taxonomy and pathology of organ systems: Governing vessel and its acupuncture points. Practising treatments.

  • Practising the treatment.
  • Simple pain disorders of the static and locomotive apparatus.
  • Cervical vertebra, thoracic vertebra and lumbar
  • vertebra syndromes. Joint pain.
  • Practical demonstrations by the instructor, one-on-one exercises by the students.

G11 – Taxonomy and pathology of organ systems, lateral

Taxonomy and pathology of organ systems: Lateral channel and its acupuncture points. Additional points. Practising treatments.

  • Practising the treatment.
  • Headache and facial pain, stress headache, migraine, Trigeminal Neuralgia.
  • Practical demonstrations by the instructor, one-on-one exercises by the students.
  • Chronic pain syndromes.

G12 – Chinese and European ear acupuncture (continued)

Treatment concepts: Ear acupuncture and introduction to other microsystems.

  • Point localisation techniques using pressure pain.
  • Needles, needling technique.
  • Topography of other characteristic points and corresponding points.
  • Therapeutic concepts in combination with body acupuncture.
  • Integration of multiple treatment concepts: headache and facial pain, stress headache, migraine and Trigeminal Neuralgia.
  • Simple pain syndromes of the static and locomotive apparatus.
  • The difference between Western (morphological) and acupuncture-specific (functional) diagnostics.

G13 – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Fundamentals of acupuncture, fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  • Traditional concepts from Chinese medicine.
  • 8 diagnostic parameters (“Bagang”), pathogenic factors, theory of the functional circles.
  • The performance of acupuncture treatment.
  • Needling techniques and performing stimulation.
  • Prescribing simple treatment concepts, e.g. for stomach – spleen disorders.

G14 – Various treatment concepts

Treatment concepts

  • Simple treatment concepts for giving birth and for gynaecological disorders (dysmenorrhea).
  • Treatment concepts for allergies.
  • Psychosomatic disorders, functional disorders, pain with functional disorders, psycho-vegetative syndromes, sleep disorders, treatment concepts for addictions.

G15 – Review of acupuncture concepts, performing acupuncture treatment

Review of the fundamentals of acupuncture and performing acupuncture treatment.

  • Care needs assessment and including acupuncture in treatment concepts. Taxonomy of the organ system of the ventral energy channel: Directing vessel (Ren Mai). The acupuncture points of the Ren Mai.

G16 – G23 Practical course

GP course Practical Course:

  • After completing the 15-day basic course, you will follow a further 8 days consisting of 80 hours of practical experience, which will also include case studies. In these case studies, we will work together on treatment strategies. Register your own patients to participate in this phase!

VA – Exam preparation

VA course: This exam preparation course is optional for course participants.

  • On this day, previous exams will be reviewed and practical examples will be discussed.