Clinical Applications of AOM Research

with Jonah Hershowitz, L.Ac. and Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM

Next offering: date TBD. Please let us know of your interest in a live or distance-learning class.

Billed yearly until cancelled


Course Goals and Content

Enhance your familiarity with AOM research, and your ability to:

  • Obtain improved outcomes with a wider variety of cases, by applying research regarding mechanisms of AOM modalities, techniques and treatment variables;
  • Educate patients, health-care practitioners, and the general public regarding AOM therapeutic mechanisms;
  • Participate in professional discussions and studies with other medical providers and researchers;

Assessing Research Quality and Relevance

Improve efficiency and accuracy in evaluating research for its quality and relevance, including:

  • Independence from bias and financial interests
  • Blinding of subjects and evaluators
  • P-values, confidence intervals, statistical power and sample size, effect size, number-needed-to-treat, and more
  • Patient-practitioner relationships and the “Therapeutic Alliance”
  • Patient beliefs and expectations, placebo and nocebo genomics, and the “Placebo Paradox”

Review studies regarding therapeutic mechanisms of AOM modalities

including explanatory studies of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, myofascial trigger point needling, cupping and gua sha:

  • The inflammatory cascade, and provocation of anti-inflammatory responses
  • Diffuse noxious inhibitory controls and closing the spinal gate
  • Homeostatic processes of the peripheral and central nervous and vascular systems
  • Myofascial tissue stimulation, including trigger point reduction, tension homeostasis, and disruptive and proliferative effects
  • Bio-psycho-social variables in patient responses to acupuncture
  • Effects of concurrent use of anti-inflammatory medications and opiates/opioids