Continuing professional development in Acupuncture

If there’s one thing I like more than practicing Acupuncture, it’s doing more research and study into new paradigms and methods of Acupuncture.

The latest course I completed was over 3 x weekends (Friday – Sunday) delving into the world of Channel theory, Organ energetics, the ELEMENTS and most importantly, Abdominal palpation!

Recently I completed the very first course in Australia for Neoclassical Acupuncture, a style of acupuncture that draws some of its theory from the NAN JING, an ancient text originally compiled in China during the first century C.E.

As of now, I’m one of only 2 practitioners in Tasmania that has completed the foundations course in this technique. I was so impressed with the course, that I will be participating in the advanced course, which begins October this year.

What does this mean in a practical sense, in the clinic at Wuest Acupuncture?

Firstly and most importantly to the people it directly impacts (you, our clients), on the majority less needles are needed. So, you’re less likely to feel like a “pin cushion”.

On a practitioner level, It gives me a broader understanding of where the blockages are occurring in the body and real time feedback of what is happening to symptoms, the abdomen and channels before and after needles are placed.

This new system allows me to treat the elements and the deeper levels that are leading to symptoms, focusing more on the root cause. But, how do we know we are addressing the root?

When we free up blockages (or open up channels), we allow the body to do what it is trying to do, that is, HEAL, therefore allowing imbalances in multiple areas to change their value.

The other cool thing about learning a new system is we can shift the way we work in the clinic, using alternative or totally different approaches, if results are not satisfactory.

For example, we might get a certain amount of positive results, although maybe I want to shift to Balance Method Acupuncture or other distal techniques to either support the treatment, decrease symptoms further, or totally change approaches to focus on more local needling approaches such as Motor Point Acupuncture or Ahshi (commonly used term now popularly known as dry needling).

That’s without considering frequency of treatment, as this article talks about.

Understanding different aspects of Acupuncture, different theories, allows the free movement between different approaches that might align with scientific paradigms, or energetic paradigms. That gives real flexibility. You can see more about that here in My Training page.

For now though, I’m pleasantly surprised by this new method and will be focusing my efforts on expanding in this new paradigm, aided also by all my previous CPD activities in distal needling approaches.

I look forward to seeing you in the clinic and showing you how it all works!

Kind regards,


Wuest Acupuncture Hobart

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