Integrative East-West Treatment of Complex Pain Conditions

with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM

and guest speaker: Dr. Mark Johnson, Health Psychologist at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, Capitola CA.

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

Billed once per year until cancelled

Conditions addressed include:

  • Neural hyper-sensitization and sympathetically-maintained pain.
  • Phantom limb pain.
  • Complex regional pain syndrome: reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, and Sudeck’s atrophy.
  • Myofascial pain syndrome.
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome.
  • Primary headaches (migraine, tension-type).
  • Post-herpectic neuralgia.
  • Chronic pain syndrome, including co-morbid sleep and mood disorders.

Patho-physiology and -Psychology.

  • Integration of contemporary understandings of complex and chronic pain with traditional AOMjing-luo, zang-fu, and wu xing patterns and pathomechanisms.
  • Mind-body relationships in complex and chronic pain: moving from mal-adaptation to health.
  • How understanding complex pain mechanisms can help with treating pain generally.

Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Taking histories: key questions and techniques.
  • Physical exam: integrating orthopedic, neurologic, vascular, rheumatologic, and psychologic examination.
  • Diagnosis in standard medical (ICD-10) and AOM-specific jing-luo, zang-fu, and wu xing pattern identification terms.


16 Category 1 CEUs approved by California Acupuncture Board

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board

Respondents: 10 of 10 enrolled

Average rating:  97/100

  • “I found this class very interesting and helpful. So many of my patients are in chronic pain, and I have been fumbling to know how to communicate with them in a productive way.” – Dev’a Laggner, L.Ac.
  • “Guest speakers are great!…This could definitely be a 2-day class.” – Jennifer Root, L.Ac.
  • “Maybe more info on how to manage our own and patients’ expectation of pain reduction/reversal.” – Rose Mulhearn, L.Ac.
  • “Nice to break up the didactic with cranial nerve exam.” - Anonymous, L.Ac.
  • “Thank you!”  –Anonymous, L.Ac.
  • “I’d love to see this class going in-depth for treatment protocols including acupuncture, herbs, diet for these conditions. More advanced protocols and evaluation of patterns from a more advanced perspective than the Masters’... Nice having local physicians come speak in the class–feeling like doctors are not so scary.” - Anonymous, L.Ac.

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