The big one! This program is the full culmination of Chinese healing modalities, standing as the pinnacle of TCM study, short of pursuing a Doctorate degree. In M.Ac.OM a diligent student will cover the modalities below, from their surfaces, to the very depths of their foundations.
Tuina - Asain Body Therapy Program
A variety of systems of acupressure have developed throughout Asia over the centuries, but in China, tuina (tway nah) is the most common. Tuina uses the same theoretical and diagnostic principles as both acupuncture and herbal medicine, however the Qi within the channels is stimulated through the use of the hand and finger techniques of rubbing and pressing motions. These techniques help to release stagnant or stuck Qi and allow it to flow freely again. Stagnant Qi is the primary cause of pain.
Tuina is often used in conjunction with acupuncture or herbal therapy. Tuina is the third most common and dynamic therapeutic modality of Chinese Medicine. It is used primarily to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as sports injuries or sprains, and although very therapeutic, is also very relaxing.
M.Ac. - Master of Acupuncture
In the West, acupuncture is the most popular form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that we are familiar with. Acupuncture uses fine, stainless steel needles that are inserted into the skin at very specific acupuncture points on the body. It is used primarily to treat pain, but can be used for treatment of nearly any disease, whether the disorder is physical, mental or emotional, including stress management.
The use of acupuncture is predicated upon the understanding that the acupuncture points are located on specific channels that run throughout the body. The channels carry Qi, the body’s vital force that warms, nourishes and promotes the optimal functioning of our body. The channels connect our internal organ systems to specific points on the skin. The needles are inserted into the acupuncture points to manipulate the flow of Qi within the channels, and in this way can stimulate and restore internal balance and harmony.
In the hands of a highly trained individual, acupuncture can seem to work miracles. The skillful techniques of the acupuncturist, her understanding of the theory behind the channels and points, and the intention she carries into the treatment room are all what make the ancient art of acupuncture a viable medicine.
M.Ac.Om - Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
This program incorporates all the modalities in China’s Traditional Medicine (M.Ac. and ABT - Tuina). As such, some areas are explored in depth.
There are approximately 13,000 medicinal herbs used in the Chinese Materia Medica. Of this number, 300 – 400 are commonly used in therapy. The Materia Medica mostly consists of the various parts of plants, including the leaves, stems, roots, rhizomes, etc., but stones, animal parts, insects and bones also contribute to the pharmacopeia.
Chinese herbal medicine uses a combination of various herbs to create an herbal formula. The art of herbal medicine lies in the mastery of the development of the herbal formula. Herbal formulas can average between four to twenty herbs depending upon the condition for which the herbs are being prescribed. Within the formula, the herbs act synergistically to bring about the desired therapeutic effect. The herbs are traditionally boiled and the resulting tea is consumed over the course of treatment.
Herbal medicine technology has advanced significantly over the past century, and as a result, herbal formulas can now be consumed in pill form, capsules, granules or tinctures. An extensive knowledge of herbs is vital when putting together an herbal formula and for achieving the best therapeutic results.
The Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program is the M.Ac. Degree program, including the ABT/Tuina Certificate, plus courses and clinic in Chinese herbology.
Successful completion of the M.Ac.O.M. program qualifies students to sit for the national (NCCAOM) certifying examination in Chinese herbology.
Herbology is an essential feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine as practiced in China. While the state of Arizona does not regulate herbology and Arizona’s Acupuncture Practice Act does not require training in herbology for licensing as an acupuncturist, a comprehensively trained practitioner of TCM can skillfully prescribe both loose and prepared herbs as part of a comprehensive treatment program for their patients.
The M.Ac.O.M. Degree is an intensive, comprehensive program requiring 4 academic years condensed into 3 calendar years of full-time study. Students are in classroom and clinic 44 weeks a year.
Total program hours: 3,146.