Certificate Course in Matsumoto/Nagano Style Acupuncture

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon

Kiiko's teaching assistant and co-author, Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac, demonstrates Kiiko's palpation techniques for selecting the most effective point locations. 

Kiiko's teaching assistant and co-author, Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac, demonstrates Kiiko's palpation techniques for selecting the most effective point locations. 

 Above: Kiiko Matsumoto, using a hand carved wooden stamp, given to her by Master Nagano before his death. Long used in East Asia, stamps like this confer recognition on diplomas and official documents. 

 Above: Kiiko Matsumoto, using a hand carved wooden stamp, given to her by Master Nagano before his death. Long used in East Asia, stamps like this confer recognition on diplomas and official documents. 

How is this different than other post-graduate opportunities for acupuncturists?

This focused, clinically relevant program will provide you with intensive, personalized instruction in the lineage of one of Japan’s most respected acupuncture and moxibustion masters.

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Combining Chinese canonical sources with contemporary medical insights, this dynamic approach treats both the branch (or symptom) and root (or underlying constitutional imbalance), correcting life-long patterns of disease and producing immediate symptomatic relief. Importantly, you will learn palpation skills that quickly and accurately confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture points before they are needled.

How will this training help me--and my patients?

The range of complaints encountered in American contemporary acupuncture practices include chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, and degenerative bone diseases; Neurological diseases like Parkinson's, migraine headaches, and Alzheimer's; Digestive conditions like IBS, Crohn's and diverticulosis. Allergies, diabetes, and obesity are epidemic. Hormonal, auto-immune, psychological, cardiovascular and reproductive disorders are all on the rise in an increasingly crowded, toxic, stressful environment. Americans with these conditions are turning to acupuncture after disappointing results with conventional treatment. 

Unfortunately, the TCM style taught in many American acupuncture colleges (with its "bi-syndromes" and herbalized diagnostic categories) fails to provide what American acupuncturists need most: An effective framework to understand and effectively treat the types of chronic pain and stress-related illnesses we encounter every day.

Why Japanese acupuncture? Who is Master Nagano? 

In post-war Japan, acupuncturists like Kiyoshi Nagano began a remarkable and fruitful investigation. Despite blindness, Nagano memorized Chinese canonical literature and absorbed emergent insights from Western medicine. Over the next half a century--using his extraordinary palpation skills as a guide--he crafted ingenious acupuncture protocols for chronic, stress-induced illnesses.

What will be taught?
This 150-hour Certification Program will cover--in depth--the rich and detailed descriptions provided in Kiiko Matsumoto's two-volume clinical strategies book, In the Spirit of Master Nagano. The result of Kiiko Matsumoto's long apprenticeship with Master Nagano, and decades of intense scholarly and clinical investigation, these two texts describe effective treatment strategies for nearly every type of pain and internal medicine condition encountered in contemporary acupuncture practice.  

How do I enroll? How is the course structured?

Five to seven weekend seminars are offered in Portland, Oregon each year. Most of these are taught by Monika Kobylecka, Kiiko Matsumoto's co-author and teaching assistant. Kiiko Matsumoto also teaches each year in Portland. Attendance in all our classes accrue toward the 150 hours needed for certificate status. 

Attending one of Monika Kobylecka's Foundation Classes is the ideal way to get started. These classes will give you a clear and coherent overview of Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture, and plenty of supervised, hands-on practice. Enrollment is strictly limited to ensure optimal learning. You are also welcome to attend other classes by Kiiko Matsumoto or Monika Kobylecka in Portland. The next one is Kiiko Matsumoto's "Restoring the Brain/Gut Axis" on Sept. 9-10, 2017.