Applied Facial Diagnosis for Acupuncturists
Understand how the facial features of the face relate to the five elements and how to apply this knowledge in both TCM diagnosis, and crafting acupuncture point prescriptions.
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Meet your course instructor
CT Holman | LAc, MS
CT Holman brings East Asian Medicine to patients in Salem, Oregon through Redwood Spring PC, and to the world through his international teachings. Licensed in Acupuncture and Certified in East Asian Herbal medicine, CT treats people of all ages and various conditions through telemedicine and at his practice in Salem, Oregon. CT studied in China three times (1999, 2001, and 2003) and integrates the specialties of facial diagnosis, channel palpation, five element diagnosis, and diagnosing and treating trauma. With over 20 years of experience, CT teaches several subjects on East Asian Medicine internationally and mentors students in his clinic and virtually. He is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, has extensive post-graduate education with several leading teachers in the field studying directly under Lillian Pearl Bridges, and he is the Director of Development for the Lotus Institute. He has been a drummer for over 35 years and released several records with various bands. CT treats with and teaches shamanic drumming and teaches and practices qigong. CT wrote the textbooks, Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine and Shamanism in Chinese Medicine.
Facial features, colours, and markings provide a blueprint of the emotional and physical state of the body. Ancient Chinese facial diagnosis gives insight into a person’s constitution, emotional tendencies, disease patterns, and belief systems.
CT Holman teaches the Lillian Pearl Bridges Facial Diagnosis lineage (Chen family) method. In this course, CT explains how to detect the state of each organ system and a patient’s personality by reading the various colours and features on the face. By understanding the balance of the five elements seen on the face, a thorough diagnosis can be achieved. These diagnostic signs are used to create acupuncture/acupressure prescriptions, herbal formulas, and lifestyle recommendations to bring powerful change.
CT will read many volunteers’ faces during this interactive and dynamic course to demonstrate how facial diagnosis applies to telemedicine and in-person treatments. In addition, he will provide several acupuncture prescriptions and needle demonstrations.
You will learn how to:
- Understand how the facial features of the face relate to the Five Elements and how to apply this knowledge in crafting Acupuncture point prescriptions.
- Use the colours seen on the face to create Acupuncture point prescriptions.
- Choose point prescriptions for treating the various emotional, behavioural, and physical imbalances identified on the face.
- Conduct a telemedicine facial diagnosis intake.
By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding in the foundations of facial diagnosis for immediate use in your clinic along with your other diagnostic techniques.
Section I | Welcome
2. Course Outline
3. What is Applied Facial Diagnosis?
Section II | The 5-Elements & Acupuncture Treatment
4. The Water Element
5. Treating the Water Element
6. The Wood Element
7. Treating the Wood Element
8. The Fire Element
9. Treating the Fire Element
10. The Earth Element
11. Treating the Earth Element
12. The Metal Element
13. Treating the Metal Element
14. Facial Emotional Maps
Section III | Telemedicine
15. Format for Telemedicine
Section IV | Ling
16. Utilizing ‘Ling’ for Healing
Section V | Case Studies – Full Telemedicine Patient Demonstrations
17. Case #1: Lecture
18. Case #1: Telemedicine Facial Diagnosis Demonstration
19. Case #2: Lecture
20. Case #2: Telemedicine Facial Diagnosis Demonstration
21. Case #3: Lecture
22. Case #3 – Telemedicine Facial Diagnosis Demonstration
23. Case #4: Lecture
24. Case #4: Telemedicine Facial Diagnosis Demonstration
Students are saying…
“A really well thought out course. I will be watching this again to absorb all the valuable information shared. Thank you, CT. You’re very inspirational! I love how you see others, interact with them and create such an uplifting and potent learning experience.”
“Excellent. Loved the course! Very useful to incorporate into my acupuncture sessions!”
“What a fascinating course! It’s really so incredible to see how much we can learn about a patient’s health, their history, and their emotions through facial diagnosis. There’s so much to Chinese medicine that we never even touched on when I was in TCM school—I feel inspired and excited by this knowledge and look forward to putting it to practice in clinic. Thank you, CT, for sharing your wisdom!”
“CT is a great lecturer and enjoyable teacher. His presentation is so informative and interesting and we have learned a lot in a short few hours on face reading and applied channel theory.”
“CT Holman studied Facial Diagnosis with me for a number of years and has combined this knowledge with his own extensive clinical experience to create treatments for Emotional Trauma that are incredibly effective. I have personally seen how his treatments have profoundly helped his patients. I am very impressed with his ability to teach about this subject.”
“CT has deep knowledge in Classical Chinese Medicine and Chinese face diagnosis. It is easy to see that he loves his work and that sharing his knowledge is an important part of his path in life now.”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.