Treatment of Pain with Acupuncture

Following the lecture, participants will know more about the general treatment and management of chronic pain conditions and strategies employed by practitioners of Toyohari, Japanese Meridian Therapy for these purposes.

Treatment of Pain with Acupuncture

Toyohari, Japanese Meridian Therapy Perspectives & Strategies on Chronic Pain

15 Video Lessons 
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2:30 hours 
On-Demand Video
5 Interactive Quizzes
Certificate On Completion

What you will learn

This lecture will not include demonstrations or hands-on training, thus the learning objectives focus on knowledge of the field and conceptual understanding of the practice systems. 

  • Gain clinical and strategical approaches in the treatment of chronic pain patients.
  • Understand the needs for adjusting treatment for different chronic pain patients.
  • Know the conceptual basis of Toyohari Meridian Therapy – root & branch treatments.
  • Learn a brief description of root treatment.
  • Overview of the branch treatment approaches and their selection.
  • Expanding the definitions of chronic pain.
  • Review current scientific evidence for acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain conditions.
  • Explore how scientific experts (Government-based, medical groups) have consumed that evidence and recommendations for the use of acupuncture.

Course Overview

Chronic pain is a complex condition with evolving approaches in biomedicine. New international definitions of ‘chronic primary pain’ and ‘chronic secondary pain’ open up opportunities for acupuncture as a therapeutic option. 

After briefly discussing scientific evidence for acupuncture in treatment of chronic pain conditions and accompanying problems and how medical experts have consumed that evidence, the lecture will outline how Toyohari, Meridian Therapy approaches the chronic pain patient and strategies for the treatment of the pain and patient management.

Following the lecture, participants will know more about the general treatment and management of chronic pain conditions and strategies employed by practitioners of Toyohari, Japanese Meridian Therapy for these purposes.

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About Instructor

Dr. Stephen Birch PhD

Began studying acupuncture in 1980 with Tin Yau So and Ted Kaptchuk in Boston. He then worked with Kiiko Matsumoto and co-authored three books with her. In 1986 he began studying in Japan, first with Yoshio Manaka co-authoring his book for him. He then started studying Toyohari – Meridian Therapy in 1988 with Kodo Fukushima, Toshio Yanagishita, Akihiro Takai and many other Meridian Therapy teachers including Denmei Shudo. He has practiced Japanese acupuncture exclusively since 1982. Today he is the most senior Toyohari practitioner outside Japan and has taught in 20 programs in Europe. He also teaches Meridian Therapy, Manaka system, and Shonishin extensively around Europe and occasionally in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, and Israel. He started working in research in the late 1980s and completed his Ph.D. in 1997. He is actively involved in research on acupuncture along several scientific fronts and has tracked the scholarly literature on acupuncture for more than 30 years. He has written 8 books, dozens of scientific papers and dozens of clinical-scholarly papers. Although he’s a bit nerdy at times….he’s a pretty nice chap.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Sections
  • 15 Lessons
  • 5 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate