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Refreshing Your Needling Skills


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Please note this course is no longer approved for California acupuncture CEUs.

If you need live California acupuncture CEUs, check out our upcoming live webinars and for on-demand distance courses approved by California, please visit our CAB approval page.

We chose not to renew this course for California Acupuncture CEUs. However, this course is approved by other CEU regulatory bodies.  Please check our approved by tab for approval details.

This online course provides guidance for practitioners to understand the methods that support their development of basic needling skills. The course will build on the guidelines that are the tuition for advanced needling techniques such as 'Draining', 'Burning Mountain' and 'Penetrating Heaven Coolness' methods.


At the end of the course, attendees should be able to:

1. Enhance their current understanding of the 5 stages of needling

2. Gain greater confidence in methods such as grasping deqi as well as techniques for supplementation, draining and even methods

3. Learn methods and applications for propagating the qi sensation, for harmonization as well as techniques used burning mountain technique and penetrating heaven coolness method



  • Brief outline of my personal journey in realising these skills followed by a discussion of the idea that ‘acupuncture’ is best seen as the study of therapeutic stimulation. That a skilled acupuncturist is someone who has a good understanding of appropriate stimulation. Energetic layers at acupounts.
  • Overview of the stages of needling, the importance of palpation and application of information obtained in this way both diagnostic and to guide therapy.
  • Adept insertion, use of a range of distraction techniques • Learning and practising standard techniques to obtain deqi responses and holding qi method.
  • “Alignment of intent” – mindset, position of practitioner and patient
  • Acting on qi. Basic repertoire of supplementation, draining and even needle techniques; lift-thrust, rotation, breathing, retention time, etc

Charles is an experienced practitioner, educator and recognised authority on Chinese medicine. His career has spanned multiple disciplines including medical sciences and the theory and practice of clinical oriental medicine. Conducting brain research at university in the 1970’s Charles stumbled across work on the neuro-physiology of acupuncture. Already interested in sinology, he completed the training at ICOM (UK) under Dr van Buren where the emphasis was on Daoist and Classical styles. Graduating in 1984 he then helped pioneer the teaching and practice of Chinese herbal medicine in the UK including a role as the founding director of the UK’s first college-based CHM course. Awarded a university acupuncture MSc (distinction) in 2000, he has worked both as a supervisor and External Examiner for various University TCM higher degrees. Clinically Charles has gained specialist skills in fertility, cancer care and dermatology and for 25 years has taught these and other subjects extensively across the EU. In 2014, he published a textbook on the historical development of Chinese medicine. Wishing to be maximally effective as a practitioner, educator and author he gained the skills required for effective communication; self-studying PR, behavioural sciences and taking a formal training in NLP in 2000 and 2002. Well-placed to contribute to the advancement of our profession Charles accepted a call to serve the British Acupuncture Council, the EU’s largest and most mature acupuncture body, and completed a 3-year term as Chairman of its Governing Board in 2015. Acting politically in the UK and EU he has seen some important achievements during this time. Charles is now working on the Board of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK), the ATCM (Chinese) and the US-based Acupuncture Now Foundation, to raise awareness of the contribution professional TCM can make to healthcare today. With Matthew Bauer he is currently co-directs an initiative to coordinate PR and educational affairs between the US and EU.

$125.00 USD

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