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.


Length: 7 hours

Instructor: CT Holman | LAc, MS


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Who is this course for?
Acupuncturists, TCM Practitioners, Naturopathic Doctors
Course length (start & watch when you want)
7 hours of video content
Course credits
7 CEUs / PDAs

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NCCAOM (AOM-AC), CTCMA (Category A2 & B), CTCMPAO (Category A), AcNZ, NZASA, CONO (Category C), BCNA (Category C), CHA
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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.

Course description

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.

Lesson plan

Section I | Welcome

1. Introduction

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

25. Conclusion

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