Program Format

The entire program is comprised of 4 modules.  Course material and videos of the lecture portion are accessed from a Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine online student account.  Practical intensives are offered on select weekends.  Please see Time & Place for details.

Learning Objective

  • Learn the similarities between canonical point anatomy and neuro-anatomy.
  • Understand the nervous system to refine intention and needle precision.
  • Experience and replicate the expected DeQi response for canonical points.
  • Learn to apply electrical stimulation to your treatments based on motor-sensory integration concepts.
  • Learn to select distal points based on Neuro-Meridian synchronization.
  • Learn to treat common neuro-muscular conditions using an elegant S.M.A.R.T. treatment plan (Sensory, Motor, Autonomic, Radiculopathy & Trigger)


The canonical content taught in this program is based on Poney Chiang’s translation and interpretation.  Select chapters of the Inner Canon will be discussed, focusing on practical content relevant to treating pain.

Each of the 12 Channel Sinews will be closely examined from the original canonical source as well as dissection findings of myofascial meridians based on the work of Thomas Myers.  Integrated anatomical and canonical understanding of Luo-Collaterals and the Extraordinary Vessels from a pain perspective also form a significant portion of the curriculum.

Each module was organized with different focus: sensory nerves, motor nerves, autonomic nerves and the myofascia.  All are indispensible in a comprehensive approach to treating neuro-muscular disorders.  Different aspects of Western acupuncture-related techniques  from intramuscular stimulation (IMS), electro-acupuncture, trigger point dry needling,  motor point stimulation, neural therapy and their mechanism will be taught to give student a strong foundation in medical acupuncture.

The final lecture of each module gives detailed explanation on how to treat common painful disorders relevant to the anatomical region for each module.  Cases from the instructor’s clinic will be presented to help student learn how to put the course material into practice.



The practical content is organized based on anatomical regions such as upper extremity, lower extremity, torso, and neck & head.  The practical portion of the program teaches canonical point locations based on the Spiritual Pivot and Systematic Canon (Jia Yi Jing), the two earliest acupuncture classics, which often differ from TCM/WHO modern standardized locations.

Over a third of TCM locations have drifted from the original canonical locations due to socio-political trends and Western medical influx.  Most TCM point locations lack neuro-muscular precision whereas cross-referencing of JYJ locations with over 300 anatomical articles demonstrate precise location over motor nerves, sensory nerves, autonomic nerves, motor entry points, select muscles and musculo-tendinous junctions. 

The practical training is focused on advanced neuro-palpation and neuro-stimulation needling techniques of JYJ points, along with associated clinic application.  A total of 12 hours of cadaver-based Applied Acupuncture Anatomy lab (3 hrs/ weekend) give students hands-on understanding of neuro-anatomy.  Western medical needling techniques from nerve blocking and electromyography (EMG) will also be taught.


Reading Assignment

Students are expected to read two research articles per week.  Two reading comprehension questions are assigned per article for a total of 4 questions each week.  An online account to the program website allow students to access articles, assignments and submitting their responses to the teaching assistants.



During the practical component, the emphasis is on developing palpation and needling skills.  A pass-fail system will be used for the practical section.  Participant who complete all 4 modules of the practical component is awarded a Level 1 Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture Certifidate: Neuro-palpation & Neuro-acupuncture techniques.

To be awarded a Level 2 Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture Certificate: Treatment of Neuromyofascial Pain & Dysfunction, jointly issued by CCNM and the instructor, candidates need to pass an oral and practical test at the completion of the program. Questions are given for each week’s reading assignment (3 hrs/wk).  Submission of these responses constitutes passing the reading assignment component. They also need to submit a take-home case study assignment explaining how an integrative treatment approach was applied.

Levels 1 and 2 are prerequisites for entry into upcoming advanced training workshops:

Level 3 Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Entrapment with Electroacupuncture

Level 4 Neuro-Rehabilitation for Central Nervous System Disorders



All applicants are expected to be familiar with point location and the musculo-skeletal system.  Familiarity with neuro-anatomy is an asset, but not required.

Level 1 (Neuro-palpation & Neuro-acupuncture techniques): Any regulated health professional for whom acupuncture is within their scope of practice and has completed a 300 hour training program, or its equivalent.  Interning R.Ac/L.Ac students may also apply.

Level 2 (Treatment of Neuromyofascial Pain & Dysfunction): Graduates of Acupuncture, TCM or ND programs that includes training in Eastern medical theory and acupuncture channel theory.  Certain medical acupuncture training programs may have a Eastern medical component.  Please contact the program director, Poney Chiang via info @ to be assessed on an individual basis.



Register for Part 1 (Upper & Lower Extremity) and Part 2 (Torso & Head) separately:
Practitioner: $1950

Early Bird Practitioner: $1750
CCNM Alumni/Member: $1550
Student (Full-time): $1350

Register for the Full Program (Part 1 & 2):
Regular: $3500
Early bird: $3100
CCNM Alumni/Member: $2800
Student (Full-Time): $2500

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