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An Introduction to the Practice of Saam Acupuncture

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An Introduction to the Practice of Saam Acupuncture


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This course provides the student with a foundation in the Saam acupuncture tradition. This foundation will allow the student to begin using the Saam tradition immediately after the completion of the course. The course begins with an examination of the clinical roots of the tradition, drawing from the Yi Jing, Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu, and Nan Jing classical texts.

Theory and concepts from these classical texts will be assembled on to a framework based on Yin/Yang, Five Phase, and Six Conformation principles. This framework in turn provides the theory, diagnosis and treatment strategies that comprise the Saam acupuncture tradition. In order to move from theory to clinic, students will apply their newly learned framework to prepared case studies provided by the instructor. 

The advanced course Toby refers to in this intro to SAAM is now avaiable through Healthy Seminars and is titled, Saam Acupuncture: Draining Strategies and Bilateral Combinations, is avaiable online through Healthy Seminars.  

It is recommended you allow approximately a year between taking this intro course and the advanace course.   


This course provides information on the Saam Korean monastic acupuncture tradition from a theoretical, historical, and practical perspective. Special attention is given to this system’s implementation into a successful TEAM clinical practice.
  • Critically evaluate the Chinese classical text source material of the Saam tradition
  • Identify key differences and advantages of the Saam system vs other TEAM strategies
  • Understand how to apply the Saam tradition to varied clinical presentations
  • Effectively implement the Saam tradition into your clinical practice

Toby received his undergraduate degree in Food Science from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He began studying Chinese medicine in 1997 with Sunim Doam, 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. His current focus is on sharing his 20 years of clinical experience with the Saam tradition.

$325.00 USD

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