The 5 Element Institute proudly offers the following courses:

Certificate in Five Element Acupuncture Program

Learn How to Practice Five Element Acupuncture

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Program Overview:

Our 11-month certificate program in Five Element acupuncture is the first of its kind in the Southeast US. It is designed for busy TCM-trained acupuncturists and acupuncture-trained physicians to maintain their current practice while learning this deep and root-cause system of acupuncture.

This program provides extensive training in Five Element theory, with emphasis on development of the clinical skills and training necessary to effectively practice Five Element acupuncture. Graduates of this program are certified Five Element practitioners, and are ready to begin practicing this rewarding system of medicine upon completion.

Four Home Study Modules:

Introduction to Five Element Acupuncture Course
Modules 1, 2, 3

Five Onsite (Live) Modules (2021 dates to be announced):

Modules 4, 5 and 6: two-day (Sat/Sun) format

Module 7 and 9: four-day (Fri-Mon format) Clinical Intensives

Clinical Observation Module 8:

Module 8's clinical observation hours are flexibly scheduled by each student with an approved 5E clinical tutor, at their convenience.

Home Study – 10 hours

This 10-hour home study CEU course introduces key concepts of Five Element Acupuncture. Students will be introduced to how the 5 Elements manifest in people, the 12 Officials, and the diagnostic methods unique to this style of acupuncture. 

As the first course in the Certificate in Five Element Acupuncture Program, graduates may apply this course toward their 175 Certificate Program credit hours.

Course Topics:

What Is 5 Element (5E) Acupuncture?

History of 5E Acupuncture

The Causative Factor

The Three Levels

Inner Development of the Practitioner

Intro to the Five Elements

Intro to the 12 Officials

Intro to 5E Traditional Diagnosis

Intro to 5E Pulse Diagnosis

Home Study – 15 hours

Qi Energy 

Concept of Health & Sickness

Treating the Cause (vs. symptoms)

Uniqueness of the Individual

The causative factors of disease

The Causative Factor – review

Concept of Levels of Disease - review

Inner Development of the Practitioner

The Natural Laws

Sheng & K’e cycles

Law of Mother/Child

Law of Cure

Wood Element CF’s

GB & LR Officials

Fire Element CF’s

Ht & SI Officials

PC & TH Officials

Earth Element CF’s

St & Sp Officials

Metal Element CF’s

Lu & LI Officials

Water Element CF’s

BL & KD Officials

Home Study – 15 hours

Development of 5E Clinical Skills

Traditional Diagnosis (TD): Diagnosing the CF

To See

To Hear

To Smell

To Ask

Counseling skills & deepening rapport

To Feel

Traditional Diagnosis (TD): The Consultation

TD Questions to Ask

TD Checklist

Writing up a TD

The Preface Sheet

The Meridians & Point location

Command Points: 

Source, Junction, Tonification & Sedation Points

Law of Midday-Midnight

Horary Points

Element points 

Concept of Deep Pathways 

5E Treatment Planning Fundamentals

Use of command points in 5E 

Energy Transfers 

Treating the Level: The Spirit of the Points

Spirit of key command points

AEP’s in 5E

Blocks to treatment

Possession 

Aggressive Energy

Law of Husband/Wife

Treatment of Husband/Wife Imbalance

Four Needle Technique

Exit/Entry Blocks & Points

Home Study - 15 hours

Windows of the Sky 

Seas & Oceans

Alarm Points

Reunion Points

First Aid Points

Forbidden points

Spirit of key CV and GV points

Spirit of Kidney chest points

Spirit of Outer Bladder points

Spirit of key non-command points

Treating Scar blocks

Patient Education: discussing 5E in the treatment room

Evaluating treatment

Spreading out treatment frequency

Treatment of relatives & friends

Treatment during pregnancy/forbidden pregnancy points

Advanced 5E treatment planning

Case studies in 5E

Integrating 5E into a TCM practice

Transitioning a TCM practice to a 5E practice

Public Relations/Education

Ethics

Continuing/advanced 5E education

Onsite Live – 15 hours (Sat/Sun-dates to be announced)

Day 1:

Energy sensing exercise

Feedback on TD’s

CSOE review

Color exercise

Sound exercise

Odor exercise

Emotion exercise

5E Point location practical – command points

Five Element (5E) Pulse diagnosis

5E Pulses practical with feedback

Day 2:

Traditional Diagnosis (TD): The Physical Examination

Uniqueness of each individual’s Physical Exam

Akabani Test & practical

Japanese Abdominal Diagnosis & practical

The 3 Jiao & practical

Umbilical Pulse & practical

5E Physical Exam – demo

5E Physical Exam practical with feedback

5E Point location practical – key command points

5E Tonification & Sedation needle techniques

Clean Needle Technique

5E needling practical 

5E pulse practical with feedback

Onsite Live – 15 hours (dates to be announced)

Day 1:

TD #1 – patient in front of class

Treatment planning for Class TD #1

Color exercise

Sound exercise

Odor exercise

Rapport exercise

Touch exercise

Point location – non command points

Day 2:

Class TD #2 & treatment planning

Treatment of TD #2 patient in class

Rapport exercise

CSOE exercises

The Pulse Norm

5E pulse practical with feedback

5E needling review and practical with feedback

Point location – any points

Onsite Live – 15 hours (dates to be announced)

Day 1:

Class TD #3 & treatment planning

Treatment of TD #3 patient in class

Advanced 5E Treatment Planning

Giving patients homework

Point location differences between 5E and TCM 

Color/Sound/Emotion/Odor (CSOE) exercises

Moxibustion & moxa rolling practical

AE needling practical

Transfer of Energy needling practical

Possession treatment practical

Rapport exercise 

5E pulse practical with feedback

5E Point location review

Day 2:

5E point location exam

Class TD #4 & treatment planning

Treatment of TD #4 patient in class

5E pulse feedback

CSOE exercises

5E pulse feedback

Specialized Treatment Patterns:

-Treatment of chronic pain

-Bachman knee points

-Ashi/Trigger points

Bachman & Trigger point practical

Clinical Intensive Preparation

Review Q&A covering all topics, modules 1-6

Onsite – 30 hours (Fri-Mon, dates to be announced)

Day 1:

TD’s and Treatment #1 of patients in clinic

Treatment Planning

Day 2:

TD’s and Treatment #1 of more patients in clinic

Treatment Planning

Day 3:

Case Presentations

Treatment #2 of Day 1 clinical patients

Day 4:

Case Presentations

Treatment #2 of Day 2 clinical patients

Module 8’s 15 clinical observation hours are flexibly scheduled by each student with an approved 5E clinical tutor at their convenience.

Onsite – 30 hours (Fri-Mon, dates to be announced)

Day 1:

TD’s and Treatment #1 of patients in clinic

Treatment Planning

Day 2:

TD’s and Treatment #1 of more patients in clinic

Treatment Planning

Day 3:

Case Presentations

Treatment #2 of Day 1 clinical patients

Day 4:

Case Presentations

Treatment #2 of Day 2 clinical patients


1. Certificate in Five Element Acupuncture Program

Course Objectives

The program offers extensive training in Five Element theory, and with emphasis on the development of the clinical skills and clinical experience necessary to effectively practice Five Element Acupuncture. Graduates of our program are certified Five Element practitioners, and are thoroughly prepared to begin practicing this wonderful system of medicine upon completion.

Course Description

Our 10-month training in Five Element Acupuncture is the first of its kind in the Southeast US. It is designed so that TCM practitioners and acupuncture-certified physicians may maintain their current practice while preparing for a new, more satisfying career.

Our program is directed and primarily taught by Michael Kowalski, A.P., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), along with other well-qualified 5 Element Institute faculty practitioners. The 10-module Certificate in Five Element Acupuncture program begins with four convenient online modules, followed by three live onsite 2-day weekend (Saturday/Sunday) modules, finishing with two onsite 4-day Clinical Intensives,. These 9 modules are intersperses with a 15-hour Clinical Observation module, scheduled with approved 5 Element Institute practitioners. This certification program totals 175 hours of continuing education credit, approved by the Florida Board of Acupuncture.

If you wish to deepen your clinical skills and treat the spirit at the root cause, click on the Registration Information page link below to apply to this inspiring program.

To see the Topics covered in this course, CLICK HERE.

Registration Information

For the schedule of this program, information on continuing education credit, and to apply, please visit our Registration Information page.


2. Introduction to Five Element Acupuncture

Course Description

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the Five Elements, and how they manifest in your body and emotions? Do you want to gain insight into how Five Element acupuncture diagnoses your Causative Factor, the underlying root cause of your unique energy imbalance?

Michael Kowalski A.P., Dipl. Ac. presents this inspiring home study course as an overview of Five Element acupuncture theory, and the clinical skills used in Five Element acupuncture practice. Students will be introduced to the subtle diagnostic and rapport skills which Five Element practitioners develop to identify the underlying cause of a person’s illness according to this profound system of Oriental Medicine.

Course Objectives

The “Introduction to Five Element Acupuncture” online course is designed for acupuncturists, other healthcare providers, and patients who are interested in learning more about Five Element acupuncture. This convenient home study course can be taken as a stand-alone course, and is approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits by the Florida Board of Acupuncture. It is also the first module of the 10-module, 10-month Certificate in Five Element Acupuncture Program, for students who wish to continue with their Five Element acupuncture training. 

To see the Topics covered in this course, CLICK HERE.

Registration Information

For the course fees, information on continuing education credit, and to register, please visit our Registration Information page.


3. Basic Oncology Acupuncture Certificate Program

A growing number of hospitals and community cancer clinics are integrating acupuncture into their cancer care program. There is a need for acupuncturists who specialize in this field of treating cancer patients. Whether you are seeking an oncology acupuncture position in an integrative oncology practice, or simply want to be more effective in treating cancer patients in a private practice, this certificate program is for you.

This 36-hour specialist certification program in Oncology Acupuncture is divided into seven modules:

– Is a Career in Integrative Medicine for You? – 3 hours

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define key integrative medicine concepts
  2. Explore trends and employment opportunities in integrative medicine
  3. Identify the expectations and role of acupuncturists in integrative settings
  4. Examine practical safety and risk issues in a hospital setting
  5. Analyze practical methods to succeed in the hiring process
  6. Evaluate whether integrative practice is right for you

Course Description

This exciting course explores the growing acupuncture career opportunities in Integrative Medicine, examines the pros and cons of a private practice vs. an integrative medicine practice, and offers practical considerations to succeed in beginning a career in integrative medicine.

This informative course is designed for licensed acupuncturists and advanced acupuncture students who are considering practicing in an integrative setting, whether in a hospital or community clinic practice. You will come away with clear options to evaluate whether an integrative practice is right for you.

This potentially career-changing course is presented by Michael Kowalski, A.P., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM). Michael has been working with hospitals and community clinic practices to integrate acupuncture into conventional medical settings. He recently practiced in the Integrative Medicine pilot program at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville to provide acupuncture in their Breast Cancer Center.

To see the Topics covered in this course, CLICK HERE.

Registration Information

For the schedule of this course, information on continuing education credit, and to register, please visit our Registration Information page.

– Evidence-Based Practice of Oncology Acupuncture – 11 hours

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define key Oncology Acupuncture concepts
  2. Apply traditional acupuncture principles to Oncology Acupuncture practice
  3. Examine Oncology Acupuncture’s role in integrative medicine settings
  4. Plan Oncology Acupuncture treatments combining root and evidence-based points
  5. Use evidence-based protocols for common cancer treatment symptoms

Course Description

This useful course presents the theory and practice of combining traditional root-cause acupuncture with current acupuncture research protocols for managing symptoms of cancer treatment. We call this dynamic combination of root and branch treatment for cancer patients “Oncology Acupuncture”. While Oncology Acupuncture has particularly important applications in hospitals and other integrative healthcare settings, it also is a very practical and effective method to improve cancer patient outcomes in a private acupuncture practice.

This informative course is designed for licensed acupuncturists and advanced acupuncture students who want to optimize their treatment results, in both holistic global benefits as well as symptom improvement for their cancer patients. You will come away with practical tools to plan even more effective acupuncture treatments, which integrate the best of the art and science of our medicine.

To see the Topics covered in this course, CLICK HERE.

 Registration Information

For the schedule of this course, information on continuing education credit, and to register, please visit our Registration Information page.

– Fundamentals of Conventional Oncology for Acupuncturists – 6 hours

Course Description

This course provides a basic theoretical understanding of conventional oncology practice. This specialized training is highly recommended for any acupuncturist wanting to practice in an integrative oncology setting. The student will become familiar with basic medical terminology specific to oncology, useful in reading oncology medical records. An overview of conventional oncology sub-specialties and the cancer treatment process will be presented.

Course Topics

  • Basic oncology terminology
  • Primary tumor staging
  • Basic understanding of oncology medical records
  • Fundamentals of oncology lab tests
  • Overview of conventional oncology sub-specialties
    • breast cancer
    • lung cancer
    • prostate cancer
    • gynecological cancers
    • blood and other cancers
  • Overview of conventional cancer treatment processes

– Safe Practices in Oncology Acupuncture – 3 hours

This course presents the key knowledge needed to safely practice acupuncture on cancer patients. When not to treat patients, safe needling techniques, and when to refer patients to oncologists or other modalities will be covered. The student will also be able to describe safe practices regarding drug-herb interactions in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

– Biomedicine of Oncology Acupuncture – 1 hour

This course provides a basic theoretical understanding of the biological mechanisms of acupuncture, and how to understand patients’ MRI reports. This specialized training is highly recommended for any acupuncturist wanting to practice in an integrative oncology setting. The student will become able to communicate intelligently with conventional oncology physicians and their support team.

Course Topics

  • Biological mechanisms of acupuncture
  • Communicating with physicians about acupuncture
  • Basic understanding of MRI reports

– Integrating Traditional Methods in Oncology Acupuncture – 4 hours

This course integrates traditional diagnosis and treatment methods that are not only specific to the needs of cancer patients, but are applicable to any acupuncture patient. The student will be able to synthesize key Five Element and TCM methods in their Oncology Acupuncture practice. Emphasis is placed on deepening communication and rapport skills with your patients, as well as good communication practices with conventional providers.

– Oncology Acupuncture Practical – 8 hours

This practical course consists of a whole day in clinic, treating oncology patients with course director, Michael Kowalski A.P.


Other Courses Coming Soon

New courses are being planned on sub-specialties in Integrative Acupuncture:

Five Element Acupuncture Advanced Training

Fundamentals of Pain Management Acupuncture

Advanced Pain Management Acupuncture

Please visit our website again in the near future to learn more about these new course offerings.

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