Peter Eckman, M.D., Ph.D

When I finished my Western medical training in 1972, I had never heard of acupuncture. I was offered a job as physician in an acupuncture clinic in 1973 with on-the-job training from a group of Korean practitioners, one of whom, Chae Lew, agreed to accept me as an apprentice. I spent over ten years working and studying with him. Through him I met many of the leading practitioners of Korean acupuncture, who later became teachers for me themselves, including Tae Woo Yoo, the originator of Korean Hand Acupuncture, and Kuon Dowon, the originator of Korean Constitutional Acupuncture.

In 1974 I began over ten years of study with Professor JR. Worsley. I later studied in China and Japan as well as Korea.

From 50 years of study and practice I formulated my own style I call Constitutional Conditional Acupuncture, which I have taught internationally, including 3 times in China.



Saam and The Varieties of Korean Acupuncture


This presentation will explore its history and the many styles of practice it has engendered in Korea as well as elsewhere. The basis of Saam acupuncture is the 4-needle technique. Tonifying, sedating, heating and cooling formulas will be reviewed plus other 4-needle combinations that break the standard rules. These are due to the use of Saam theory in both Constitutional and Conditional aspects of treatment. The differences between these two aspects as they relate to diagnosis and treatment will be explained.

The speaker’s own style of acupuncture follows this approach, and has been taught worldwide including three times in China. There are several of the author’s books that can augment this presentation. 

Grasping the Donkey's Tail
Unraveling Mysteries from the Classics of Oriental Medicine

The Compleat Acupuncturist
A Guide to Constitutional and Conditional Pulse Diagnosis

In the Footsteps of the Yellow Emperor
Tracing the History of Traditional Acupuncture

The Book of Changes In Traditional Oriental Medicine
An edited transcript of classes taught in 1983 and 1984

Closing The Circle
Lectures on the Unity of Traditional Oriental Medicine by Peter Eckman, M.D., Ph.d., M.Ac. (U.K.) and Stuart Kutchins, C.A.


In This Presentation We Will:

  • Explore what is the essence of Saam acupuncture and what is a later addition.
  • Investigate other styles of acupuncture incorporate the 4-needle technique
  • Discuss the difference between acupuncture styles that are based on Constitution and those based on Condition