An Introduction to the Japanese Approach to Acupuncture and Herbs

with Dr. Butch Levy, September 14-15, 2019

Course Information

The practice of Chinese Medicine, while based on similar principles and Herbal formulas, has evolved in its own unique approach in Japan. With its isolation from main land China, and a different cultural system, the Japanese have developed different interpretations of acupuncture methodologies and the prescription of herbal formulas.


  1. Understand the levels of acupuncture therapy used in Japan to include:
    Major Meridian, Extra Vessel and Divergent Channels

  2. Incorporate the palpatory technique of locating acupuncture holes, and applying the Japanese Left hand technique of needling

  3. Understand the clinical application of Extra Vessel and the Divergent Channel theory and pathology

  4. Understand and apply abdominal palpation for herbal diagnosis and treatment as well as for Divergent Channel treatment

  5. The perspective of the seminar is to discuss concepts and have the practitioners practice pulse, needling and Extra Vessel protocols

Course Instructor

Dr. Butch Levy is a primary care physician with 37 years’ experience in clinical practice. Into his patient care he incorporates 20 years of Japanese Acupuncture and Kampo herbal training, along with Functional Medicine, for a unique integrated experience.

Throughout his career he has delivered babies, worked ER medicine and provided acute care to many. As the years have passed, he has focused more on difficult cases and chronic illness.

As part of his personal philosophy, Dr. Levy pursues educational experiences for colleagues and students. He has been working with medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for 4 years. He has taught seminars on acupuncture and cancer care to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, as well as joint seminars with Dr. Miki Shima of The Japanese American Acupuncture Foundations. These joint seminars on integrating oriental care and Western medicine have been Dr. Levy’s active building of connections to bridge concepts of Eastern and Western care, reflecting his goal to provide the best of both worlds for patient health.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until August 1)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until August 1)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until August 1)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 ACU academic credit for this workshop.

Course Prerequisite

ACU113/114 Acupuncture Techniques and Therapeutics (90 hours) or similar course; valid CTCMA student or practitioner registration or equivalent

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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