SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Office of Continuing Medical Education
The Medical Acupuncture program is designed to meet the acupuncture curricula of the New York State Education Department. The sequence of educational activities represents 300 hours of formal instruction in practice acupuncture. The courses are divided into three sections that involve lectures on the basic aspect of acupuncture which includes video course viewing,and supervised clinical training.
Basic Aspects of Acupuncture
The basic aspects of acupuncture will be presented in this section which is covered by hours of instruction and video viewing assignments.
Course Description: The courses will begin with an historical and scientific overview of acupuncture, and explain its context in modern medicine, describe Ying Yang Theory; Theory of Five Elements; Essence, Energy, Blood & Body Fluid; Eight Principles and Zang-Fu theory, introduce Tongue & Pulse Diagnosis, Meridians & Channels and Significant Acupuncture Points, and address palpitation and needling skills to initiate learning the manual skills of acupuncture. Precautions, contraindications, managing accidents of acupuncture theory, and dangerous points will be discussed.
Section two is designed to meet specific uses and techniques of acupuncture.
- Basic acupuncture: Myofascial pain and fibromyalgia management
- Basic acupuncture: Head and facial pain management
- Basic acupuncture: Low back pain management
- Basic acupuncture: Neuropathic pain management
- Acupuncture therapy for stroke rehabilitation, facial palsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease;
- Acupuncture therapy for respiratory system and mouth disorders:
- Acupuncture therapy for toothache; gingivitis; post-extraction; pharyngitis; allergies; Acute sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis and bronchitis; colds and Flu and asthma.
- Acupuncture therapy for gastrointestinal disorders: Esophageal spasm; colitis; hiccough; gastroptosis; gastritis; ulcer; constipation; diarrhea and nausea following surgery or chemotherapy and probably for nausea of pregnancy.
- Acupuncture therapy for heart problems; palpitations; high blood pressure; menstrual cramps; infertility; premenstrual syndrome and sexual dysfunction.
This section is designed to provide at least 100 hours of supervised clinical activities. The clinical unit is structured to reinforce the classroom presentations into practical application. Clinical rotations take place at state-of-the-art facilities in New York City .