June 2016

Good day CCA members……
Trust your summer is shaping up as we move ever deeper into the season. Here in Louisiana, the foliage thickens to lush and the green gets oh so greener. Wondrous to watch nature express itself in it’s cycle, Yin to Yang, and round again.

 The June CCA Newsletter is dedicated to all things Symposium 2016. As we rapidly reach the 90 day point before our meeting it is time for all the details. Please find in the following everything Symposium 2016 related in descriptor, list, and link form that you might need in preparing to attend in September.
Mercer King, DC, DABCA

First, from Vice President, Kris Tohtz, a synopsis of 2016 CCA Symposium:

We are excited to announce our schedule line up for the 2016 CCA Annual Symposium September 24-25, 2016.  For both ease of transportation to our members as well as our co-sponsorships with the ILAAOM, this year we have moved out annual Symposium and testing for new potential DABCAs to the Chicago area.   Please make your reservations early as we have a limited block on rooms!

Testing for DABCA candidates, administered by the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncturists (ABCA), will be held at the DoubleTree hotel in Rosemont IL, Friday September 23, 2016 from 8am-4pm.  Registration for the examination can be made via the website


Registration and all documents to be considered for testing must be submitted and postmarked no later than Sunday July 31, 2016 by 6pm.  For any questions, please contact Jim Campbell, DC, President of the ABCA.

Any DABCA testing candidates may also register with the Council of Chiropractic Acupuncture (CCA) for a review for the examination

A prerecorded GoToMeeting review / study guide will be emailed to you upon registration; to follow that a live GoToMeeting call with Dr. Kris Tohtz, Vice President of the CCA, will take place from 7-9pm on Friday July 29, 2016.

Friday night, September 23, 2016 we will be hosting a dinner at the DoubleTree hotel for all actively enrolled CCA members. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.  Updates on all council matters will take place at dinner along with Q&A from the membership.

There will be 2 educational opportunities listed below as tracks on both Saturday and Sunday for the Symposium.  

Saturday from 8am-6pm class options include either Ann Cecil-Stearman, LAc “Choosing and Effectively Using the Sinew Meridians” or Tom Hurrle, LAc “Japanese Style Direct Moxibustion”.

***Upon registration, we ask you to let us know if you will be taking Tom Hurrle’s Moxibusiton class as we need to pre-assemble kits for the practice of the technique. 

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the CCA included in your Symposium fee on Saturday.  Sunday’s classes form 8am-4pm will include a box lunch of your choice and include Erik Baker LAc discussion on “Knotty Diseases: Identification and Management” or Marc Gian LAc discussion on “Essentials Oils Use in the TCM Setting”.

We look forward to seeing you and hope  you are as  excited as the CCA is about our Symposium,

Kris Tohtz

Next the schedule in detail of the multi day, multi track events for your consideration:

CCA Symposium Schedule

Saturday, September 24
Practical Moxibustion – Tom Hurrle, L.Ac.***

8:00 – 12:30    The characteristics of moxa. Species used include Artemesia princeps in Japan and A. argyi in China.  Methods & Dosage of moxibustion with indications, contraindications, precautions.
Palpation to find effective moxa points. Skin characteristics and point selection, Locating appropriate points for moxa treatment, & practice
Treatment strategy and moxibustion. Technique: How to apply direct half-rice grain moxibustion . Moxibustion with a bamboo tube – Fukaya style with Demonstration and Practice

1:30 – 6:00      Effects of moxa treatment on immune and circulatory systems. Sawada whole body moxibustion treatment. Special effect moxa points.  Two techniques for indirect moxibustion with indications for their use.   Moxa on the handle of the needle (kyutoshin) and Heat-sensing moxa (chinetsukyu), with Demonstration and Practice
Moxibustion in treatment of back pain and knee pain. Assigning moxibustion as patient homework using pedestal (ibuki) moxa. Discussion of appropriate conditions for home moxibustion.  Q & A

***Please note upon registration for Tom Hurrle’s Moxibusiton class,  we ask you to let us know if you will be taking this course as we need to pre-assemble kits for the practice of this technique class. 

The Sinew Channels – Ann Cecil Steadman
Theory followed by demonstration. One day class.

8:00 – 12:30    Definition, Function & Origin of Wei qi
Time and Wei – the sinew clock
Invasion & Transmission by an EPF.  Injury process
Why choose sinew meridians over other modalities?
Treating the underlying deficiency
Diagnosis by Pulse, Diagnosis by movement Assessment
Three pitfalls in sinew treatments

1:30 – 6:00      Using Sinew meridians to tonify wei qi.  Treatment protocol including:
tonifying underlying deficiencies, meeting points, Jing Wells, Ah Shi, binding areas, nature of injury (cold, damp, heat, wind)
Equipment Loop needle, etc & Demonstratons

Sunday, September 25
Aromatherapy Marc Gian

8:00 – 12:00    History of Aromatherapy.  What are essential oils? How Can Essential Oils benefit Chiropractors (alleviating pain in areas of the body & relaxing the body and mind.
Classifications of Essential Oils. Top, Middle and Base Notes ( Wei, Ying and Yuan Level).  Parts of the plants used (Peels, Leaves, Needles, Flowers, Roots, Resins, Barks).  5 Elements and Essential Oils ( Wood, Fire, Earth Metal and Water).  Functions of Specific Peels (Blood Orange, Bergamot).  Aromatically opening up the Orifices. Inviting our clients to heal

1:00 – 4:00       Functions and Applications of Leaves and Needles and their relationship to the Respiratory and Muscular System.  Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus globules, Rosemary, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Palmarosa and Lemongrass.  Common Colds.  Upper Body Pain .  Low Back Pain.  Hip Pain
Functions and Applications of Flowers and Roots . Lavenender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Vetiver and Spikenard. Treating Symptoms of Nervousness, Anxiety, Insomnia.  Q & A

Knotty Diseases and Oriental Medicines – Eric Baker

8:00 – 12:00    Introduction to the Class and the Knotty Disease Concept. Subtypes of Knotty Diseases. Zang Zhong-Jing: Yang Xu and Knotty Diseases. Unique Aspects of Yang Xu in Complex Cases. Zang Zhong-Jing Continued: The Six Levels and Knotty Diseases. Introduction to the Six Levels. Using the Six Levels in Acupuncture.  Practical Examples of the Zang Zhong-Jing Approach.  Example Treatments

1:00 – 4:00      Jin-Yuan Medicine and Knotty Diseases. The Theory Of Similar Transformation. Chronic Pathology and the Six Depressions
Li Dong-Yuan and Knotty Disease. Chronic Pathology and the Earth Phase Yin Fire and Knotty Disease. Practical Applications of Yin-Fire Theory to Knotty Disease. Major Western “Knotty Diseases”. Sample Treatments and Case Studies

Now all your links for registration in one place:
CCA Annual Symposium 2016
Friday, September 23, CCA Annual Dinner meeting: DoubleTree O’Hare (6:30 – 9pm)
Saturday, September 24 through Saturday, September 25th


Symposium 2016 Hotel
Double Tree O’Hare – Rosemont
5460 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
Hotel Phone Number: 847-292-9100
CCA Symposium Group Rate: $109
Double Tree O’Hare – Rosemont Link:


 ABCA link:

 CCA Annual Symposium Registration Fees

Registration fees for the 2016 annual symposium in Chicago are as follows:
CCA Members and ILAAOM Members:  $400.00,
CCA Student Members: $150.00,
Non-Members:  $550.00,


Lastly in our continuing effort to promote the sharing of research papers, for you review, from our President, Rand Olson who shares this link:
Subject: Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study, a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial. 

A course of acupuncture treatments was associated with significant reduction in VMS, and several quality-of-life measures, compared with no acupuncture, and that clinical benefit persisted for at least 6 months beyond the end of treatment.

Final thoughts here, folks of note, last year we ran out of rooms quickly and had to try to obtain more in an adjacent hotel! So book early!

Also we have no control of license renewal credit approval processing time at a state level once application is made. If you need the CE hours please register early so as to avoid any issue.

In closing, we hope this will be a one stop source for all you might require. If you have any other questions, please to do not hesitate to call or e-mail. The CCA web site is also full of info. We hope to post this newsletter there also. Your board is here to serve and make this an event in which it is a joy to learn. Hope to see you there!

Mercer King
CCA Treasurer

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