About the Presenter

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

During his four years of training in San Francisco, he interned with the prominent acupuncturist Dr. Angela Wu and learned to apply the lofty theories he was studying in school into the pragmatic setting of a busy clinic. In 2013, he developed the Chinese Nutritional Strategies app to provide digital access to the wealth of Chinese dietary wisdom. 

In 2016, he completed a PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine under the guidance of 88th generation Daoist priest Jeffery Yuen. In 2021, he developed the Chinese Medical Characters app to enable direct access to foundational Chinese medical terms and concepts. 

For the past three years he’s been teaching the Saam method as it was taught to him by his teacher.



The Saam Acupuncture Tradition: The Twelve Watersheds


“The twelve conduit vessels link up with the twelve stream waters outside, and they are
connected with the five zang and the six fu inside.”

Chapter 12 of the Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu correlates the qualities of twelve ancient watersheds with the twelve primary acupuncture channels. In this discussion, we will continue this exploration begun by the Ling Shu by examining qualities found in the twelve global ecosystems. Perceiving these twelve qualities in the macrocosm will aid us in distinguishing these very same qualities when they present in the microcosm of our patients.

In This Presentation We Will:

  • Review key concepts in Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu Chapter 12
  • Discern ecosystem qualities and how to recognize them in our patients
  • Improve clinical observation skills
  • Integrating these concepts into your clinical practice