Auriculotherapy Advances in Pain & Addiction Treatments (ACUP - 13AURI06)

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June 21st, 2014 8:00 AM   through   June 22nd, 2014 2:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 284
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional after 5/28 $ 385.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni after 5/28 $ 355.00
BU Staff after 5/28 $ 315.00
Full-time Student $ 95.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience full-time students, acupuncturists, acupuncturists and medical doctors with acupuncture training
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This seminar presents the most recent advances in the utilization of ear reflex points for the alleviation of pain, addiction and stress-related disorders. It provides fundamental knowledge of somatopic correspondence of the physical body to the inverted fetus pattern represented on the external ear, as well as treatment protocols for these disorders. June 21-22: Sat, 8a.m.-5p.m. - Sun, 8a.m.-2p.m. Instructor: Thomas Corbin, LAc, PA, PhD. (11 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)

Prerequisites: Basic auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture experience.

The historical, theoretical and anatomical localization of the European System of Auriculotherapy will be presented, as well as recent German localizations important to neurological mechanisms of auricular pain relief. Specific auricular treatment plans for the relief of myofascial, visceral and neuropathic pain will be described on the first day. The second day will focus on substance abuse disorders and psychosomatic distress. Both didactic presentations and hands-on practice will facilitate a deeper understanding of the ariculotherapy practices that allow optimal integration of the microsystem of the ear to the macrosystem of the body.

Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Identify exact auricular locations of the anatomical body
  • Identify the most recent and effective auricular neurological localizations on primary and secondary pain presentations
  • Describe which auricular technique would provide the greatest relief to patient pathology
  • Use effective and easy auricular treatments as an adjunct to the primary treatment modality
  • Use effective auricular treatments in patients suffering from psychological distress issues

Cost Notes: Receive a discount, register by May 28.

Course Notes: The instructor will provide auriculotherapy needles and seeds for participant use in class. However, additional quantities, as well as life-size ear models, are available for sale in the Bastyr Bookstore.

Meals: One hour lunch break - Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr's dining commons

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #284. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs):
Category II CMEs available for MDs & PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points approved for LAc’s
CEUs approved for LAc’s licensed in CA

Tom Corbin is an acupuncture physician specializing in auricular acupuncture and currently heads the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital Chronic Pain Acupuncture Program, the first program of its type in the VA system. He is also on the board of directors of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute, and received his advanced trainings in China and Germany. Following his introduction to German auricular medicine, Dr. Corbin has researched and specialized in the use of that system for pain and addiction.

Dr. Corbin has taught ear acupuncture at medical universities, chiropractic colleges and abroad. He has done research in auricular techniques in drug court settings and for the treatment of HCV/HIV, and is a national trainer for the National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA). Dr. Corbin currently is a consultant in the teaching and use of low level laser therapy in the ear microsystem. To learn more about this presenter, go to