Learning the basics of promoting or controlling the flow of qi through the Five Phases is an elemental part of every acupuncturist's training . We learn how the antique points can be used to nudge a response or invite a different kind of resonance into a patient's life.

The Korean Saam acupuncture tradition has been passed down through a lineage of monk/practitioners. It not only uses “wu xing” elemental qi transfer, but additionally blends it together with the the six conformations, yin/yang organ resonance, the yi jing, and constitutional body types.

A powerfully integrative method

Wandering monks aren’t doctors; their job is to help alleviate suffering with whatever means they have. And some of them learned a stream of acupuncture that came from the meditative attainment of a Buddhist monk 400 years ago in Korea. 

Sa’am acupuncture relies on the dynamics of the Five Phases, but it goes beyond our modern view, which gives special attention to the yin organs and incorporates the yang organs as well. Furthermore, it brings in the influences of the Six Conformations in a way that integrates the “liu jing” with the “wu xing.”

Because Sa’am acupuncture uses the elemental transport points it can easily be practiced in any kind of clinical setting. The basic principles are not difficult to grasp if you already have a basic foundation in Chinese medicine. And you can quickly begin to integrate this method into your clinical work. At the same time, there is a depth to this method as it brings together the six confirmations and five phases in a way that can help to deepen your understand of complex illnesses.

In this class you will learn
  • The classical foundations of Sa’am acupuncture
  • Connections with the Yi Jing
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Evaluating physical, mental, and emotional signs and symptoms
  • Point selection and methods
  • How Sa’am is similar and different from other acupuncture methods
  • The importance of correct diagnosis and reversing faulty treatment
  • Case studies
  • Hands on practice applying the methods
  • Integrating into your current practice

A unique opportunity to study and learn

Join Us In Portland

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
October 26-27, 2019

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Small Group Clinic Observation and Case Discussion
October 28, 2019
9:00am – 5:00pm



This small group clinic observation is limited to 8 participants



This isn't a microsystem— it's the macro system

Your Instructor For This Class

I began studying Chinese medicine in 1997 with Sunim Doam, a Korean monk trained in the Saam tradition. In 2002, I earned a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine upon completion of training at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and Chengdu University in China.

During my four years of training in San Francisco, I interned with Dr. Angela Wu who taught me how to apply the lofty theories I was studying in school into the pragmatic setting of a busy clinic.

In 2013, I developed the Chinese Nutritional Strategies app to provide digital access to the wealth of Chinese dietary wisdom. In 2016, proving once again that some people never learn, I completed a PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine under the guidance of 88th generation Daoist priest Jeffery Yuen.

My current focus is on sharing my 20 years of clinical experience with the Saam tradition.

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