Acupuncture of Wandering Monks:
Introduction & Practice of Saam Acupuncture

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 Saam acupuncture
  • Connections with the Yi Jing
  • Evaluating physical, mental, and emotional signs and symptoms
  • Point selection and methods
  • How Saam is similar and different from other acupuncture methods
  • The importance of correct diagnosis and reversing faulty treatment
  • Case studies
  • Practice applying the methods
  • Integrating into your current practice

Join us in-person in Worcester, MA, or live stream to your living room

Massachusetts College
of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
19 Norwich St, Worcester, MA 01608

June 8 and 9, 2024

6am Pacific • 7am Mountain • 8am Central • 9am Eastern

There is a 20% discount for those who have previously studied Saam through Qiological.

Special rate for MCPHS graduates and students.

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Your Instructor For This Class

Toby began studying Chinese medicine in 1997 with a Korean Buddhist 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 C. 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

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. In 2023, he published his first book An Introduction to Chinese Medicine.

This year he published The Saam Acupuncture Tradition: Classical Roots & Clinical
Application. His current focus is on sharing his 25 years of clinical experience with the
Saam tradition.


Continuing Education Credit and Cancelation Policy

16 hours of Category 1 California CEUs are available from provider #1404 pending approval from the California Acupuncture Board. Registrations canceled before May 25, 2024 will be refunded 100%. No refunds after that.

14 NCCAOM PDA’s are offered. Registrations for those receiving NCCAOM PDA canceled before May 20 are refunded at 80% of the sale price. Those canceled before June 1 are refunded at 50%. No refunds after that.

Livestream must be attended in its entirety for CEU or PDA's to be awarded

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