The 5 Element Institute proudly offers the following courses:

Five Element Acupuncture Training Program

Learn How to Practice Five Element Acupuncture

Learn How to Practice Five Element Acupuncture

Program Overview:

Our year-long training in Five Element acupuncture is the first of its kind in the Southeast US. It is designed for TCM-trained acupuncturists, physicians, and other licensed health care professionals who have prior training in acupuncture 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 clinical experience necessary to effectively practice Five Element acupuncture. Graduates of this program are certified Five Element practitioners, and are thoroughly prepared to begin practicing this rewarding system of medicine upon completion.

Onsite (Live) Course Dates:

Module 1: July 11/12, 2020

Module 3: September 19/20, 2020

Module 5: November 14/15, 2020

Module 7: February 19-22, 2021

Module 9: March 19-22, 2021

Other Modules:

Modules 2, 4, and 6 are home study video courses. 

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

See Registration page for Program Payment Information.

Module 1: July 11/12, 2020

Day 1:

Qi Energy

Energy sensing exercise

Basic Yin Yang theory

Basic Five Element theory

Philosophy & History of 5EA

Five Element Terminology

Spirit of Nature: 5 Seasons, Natural Laws

Sheng & K’e cycles

Law of Mother/Child

Color

Sound

Odor

Emotion

The Causative Factor

Five Element (5E) Pulse diagnosis

5E Pulses practical with feedback

Day 2:

The Meridians & Point location

Command Points: Source, Junction, Tonification & Sedation Points

Law of Midday-Midnight

Horary Points

Element points 

Point location practical – key command points

5E Tonification & Sedation needle techniques

Clean Needle Technique

5E needling practical 

5E pulse practical

Modules 2, 4, and 6 are home study video courses.

Module 2:

Day 1:

Concept of The 12 Officials

Wood Element & Spring

GB & LR Officials

Concept of Health & Sickness

Treating the Cause (vs. symptoms)

Uniqueness of the Individual

Causative factors of disease

Concept of Levels of Disease (B/M/S)

Law of Cure

Five Element Correspondences

Fire Element & Summer

Ht & SI Officials

PC & TH Officials

Day 2:

Earth Element & Late Summer

St & Sp Officials

Metal Element & Autumn

Lu & LI Officials

Concept of Deep Pathways

Water Element & Winter

BL & KD Officials

Module 3: September 19/20, 2020

Day 1:

Traditional Diagnosis (TD): Diagnosing the CF

To See

Color exercise

To Hear

Sound exercise

To Smell

Odor exercise

To Ask

Counseling skills & deepening rapport

Rapport exercise

To Feel

Touch exercise

Traditional Diagnosis (TD): The Consultation

TD Questions to Ask

TD Checklist

Writing up a TD

The Preface Sheet

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

The Pulse Norm

5E pulse practical with feedback

5E needling review and practical with feedback

TD #1 – patient in front of class

Modules 2, 4, and 6 are home study video courses.

Module 4:

Day 1:

5E Treatment Planning Fundamentals

Treating the Level: The Spirit of the Points

Spirit of key command points

Possession

AEP’s in 5E

Aggressive Energy

Energy Transfers 

Law of Husband/Wife

Treatment of Husband/Wife Imbalance

Four Needle Technique

Exit/Entry Blocks & Points

Day 2:

Use of command points in 5E

Spirit of key CV and GV points

Spirit of Kidney chest points

Spirit of Outer Bladder points

Spirit of key non-command points

Windows of the Sky 

Seas & Oceans

Alarm Points

Reunion Points

First Aid Points

Forbidden points

Module 5: November 14/15, 2020

Day 1:

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

Class patient TD #2 & treatment planning

Treatment of TD #2 patient in class

5E Point location review

Day 2:

5E point location exam

Class TD #3 & treatment planning

Treatment of TD #3 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

Class TD #4 & treatment planning

Treatment of TD #4 patient in class

Clinical Intensive Preparation

Review Q&A covering all topics, modules 1-5

Modules 2, 4, and 6 are home study video courses.

Module 6:

Day 1:

Spirit of more key points 

Blocks to treatment

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

Day 2:

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

Review of 5E topics

Module 7: February 19-22, 2021

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 clinical observation hours are flexibly scheduled by each student with an approved 5E clinical tutor at their convenience.

Module 8:

15 hours Clinical Observation

Module 9: March 19-22, 2021

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


Five Element Acupuncture Training 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. Three of the 6 classroom-style sessions are on-site at the 5 Element Institute’s facilities, and the other three classroom-style sessions are designed for home study. All six of these sessions are 2-day weekend (Saturday/Sunday) sessions, combining didactic and practical work. There are two 4-day clinical sessions, where student practitioners bring patients to be treated under faculty supervision. There are 15 additional hours of clinical observation with approved Five Element practitioners. This program totals 165 hours of continuing education credit, approved by the Florida Board of Acupuncture.

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 register, please visit our Registration Information page.


Introduction to Five Element Acupuncture

Course Objectives

This course introduces key concepts of Five Element Acupuncture. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of each of the 5 Elements, the diagnostic tools and methods unique to this style of acupuncture, and how the diagnosis applies to Qi energy pathways in the body and 5 Element treatment methods. Graduates of this course will be able to make more informed referrals to acupuncturists, and may use this introductory course as a preparation for our Five Element Training Program.

Course Description

This one-weekend introductory course is an overview of Five Element Acupuncture, and is designed for health professionals and advanced students alike. This course is exciting and informative for anyone with an interest in the Five Element system of acupuncture, and provides a preparatory foundation for prospective applicants of the year-long Training Program. Our introductory program is directed by Michael Kowalski, A.P., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), and taught by himself along with other well-qualified 5 Element Institute faculty practitioners. The 5 Element Institute is an approved continuing education provider by the Florida Board of Acupuncture, and this course is approved for 15 hours of continuing education credits by the Florida Board of Acupuncture.

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.


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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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:

Integrative Acupuncture Cancer Care Workshop

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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