Upcoming APA events

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Venetian Social Club 8030 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

    Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis

     Upon completion of the seminar you will:

    Saturday 4/28

    • Have a broad perspective on the technical and diagnostic aspects of pulse diagnosis.
    • Be able to how to assess Stability on the pulse in terms of the parameters of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and quality.
    • Know how to stabilize the pulse with herbs and acupuncture in order to establish a sound foundation for continued treatment.
    • Be able to assess the relationship between the left side of the pulse and the right side of the pulse.
    • Know how to distinguish the three depths of the pulse: qi, blood, and organ and understand their significance in relationship to physiology.
    • Be able to diagnose the Three Heater on the pulse and understand the deeper implications of its physiology.

     Sunday 4/29

    • Be able to assess the pulse qualities that emerge as a patient becomes jing deficient through the primary path of either yin or yang deficiency.
    • Know the main herbal and acupuncture strategies for addressing the functional dynamics that these pulse qualities represent



    Pulse diagnosis is one of the “Crown jewels” of Chinese medicine. Competency with the pulse is a significant part of the difference between symptomatic treatment and achieving a truly preventive level of care. Pulse diagnosis is as vital to cultivating a deep intuition in medical practice as it is to being able explicitly communicate to others what one is seeing and how one has arrived at any given diagnosis or treatment principle. This class will lay the foundation for a broad and deep appreciation of pulse diagnosis. 

    On the first day we will concentrate on the big picture by looking at the whole pulse and considering the issue of stability in terms of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and pulse quality. We will then compare the left to the right side of the pulse with an eye toward understanding the important pulse patterns that may present on each side differentially. We will look at the three depths of the pulse, qi, blood, and organ, to comprehend their significance. We will discuss herb formulas and acupuncture point combinations for different pulse types. Finally, we will consider how to diagnose the Sanjiao on the pulse and it's related organ patterns.

     On the second day we will examine all the qualities that emerge as the pulse transitions proceed to jing deficiency through a path of either yin or yang deficiency. Emphasis will be placed on understanding physiology as gleaned through the pulse and all qualities will be demonstrated experientially. We will consider all qualities in relationship to individual positions on the pulse as well as for the pulse as a whole. I will also explain how to find and diagnose from the bilateral "Special Lung Pulse" in order to assess respiratory history and status.

    NCCAOM 14 PDAs pending

    Registration is not complete until payment has been received. Participants who sign up early must submit payment by the Early Bird date in order to receive the Early Bird Discount.

    Cancellation Policy - 50% refund before March 31st - No Refund on/after April 14th.


The Acupuncture Society of Virginia presents

Orthopedic/Trigger Point Acupuncture:
A Hands-On Approach to Lower Back, Neck and Upper Extremity Pain
presented by Jamie Chavez, L.Ac.

Saturday & Sunday, April 21st & 22nd, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

(Registration starts at 8:15 AM)

16 NCCAOM PDA and 16 California CEU Category 1 Live approved

Plus, the 2018 ASVA Annual Membership Meeting from 7:00pm to 9:30pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Please check for event details and register separately.

Location: Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks - Great Falls Room
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, Virginia 22033


Join the inimitable master Kiiko Matsumoto as she introduces the latest research as well as trusted strategies from her living, breathing system of palpation-based Japanese acupuncture. Every seminar provides practical clinical pearls and philosophical gems that will serve your patients for years to come.  

Topic TBA
Saturday and Sunday, June 9 &10, 2018 
Venetian Social Club, Philadelphia, PA

Registration and info:
Members use discount code APA for 10% off online registration!


Instructor: Grace Rollins, LAc

Appropriate for beginners as well as anyone who would like to hone the hands-on application of Kiiko Style Acupuncture. Subjects covered include diagnostic palpation technique, cross-checking points, point location, needling technique, moxibustion technique, and more.

Monday, June 11, 2018
Venetian Social Club, Philadelphia, PA
Registration and info:

Toyohari Japanese Meridian Therapy 18 Day Training Program

Starting October 2017 - May 2018 in Valley Forge, PA

Click Here For Complete Details!


For more information on Toyohari, please visit Toyohari Association of North America website: or contact

Graduation from this entire program entitles the graduate to join the Toyohari Association through one of its North American branches and become a registered Toyohari practitioner.  CLASS size will be limited, so please register early!

Toyohari is a style of acupuncture that focuses on direct perception and treatment of the Qi.

The training: 

  • is theoretically simple yet technically sophisticated.
  • is designed to increase the acupuncturist’s ability to feel the flow of Qi and disruptions in the flow directly from sensitive palpation.
  • assists the student in feeling the effect of the needle technique immediately as one is needling and to be able to decide the dose and the effectiveness.
  • is quite unique. Our teaching methods accelerate the training process. You can advance quickly by learning skills that usually take many years of practice to develop.
  • is a direct method of diagnosis and treatment of Qi that complements the rather more abstract ways of working with the patient’s Qi.
  • has technique great emphasis which requires on pulse individual diagnosis, feedback palpation and skills coaching. and needle

Classes are kept rather small to be able to deliver this training most effectively.

Student, APA Members, and TANA Members are eligible for discounts! Deposit for the program is required by August 15th, 2017


APA members receive discounts on educational events from the following regional organizations.

These state organization members receive discounts on APA sponsored classes as well.


The Maryland Acupuncture Society

The New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The Acupuncture Society of New York

Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture Society of Virginia

and Many ASA Member State Associations, Check here when Registering

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