Ma Danyang Heavenly Star Points in the Clinic

Like Hot Water On Snow

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For over 800 years acupuncturists have believed Ma Danyang’s collection of 12 points are the most important in Chinese medicine. Their efficacy is said to be like Hot Water on Snow, and it was cautioned their transmission only go to the worthy. Today, all practitioners know and use them. But the power of these points is not unleashed by inserting a needle and then leaving them alone. A practitioner must know how to needle them to achieve their full effects. It is a combination of accurate diagnosis, needling method and hand skill that raises these points above all others in efficacy. ‘To be worthy’ meant to be shown how to use them, not simply told to use them.

"In my first acupuncture class under the late Professor Wang Jin-Huai, he read to me the Song of the Heavenly Star Points, impressing upon me their power and the ancient admonishment to never share it with the unscrupulous. He unlocked their meanings, and the late Dr. Xie Peiqi then taught me the ‘Qi’ skill to achieve their full potential."

In this seminar, Andrew Nugent-Head teaches the Ma Danyang points as he was taught them, presenting the theory around the points and their different abilities as well as the hand techniques that maximize their potential.

This course has been approved by the NCCAOM for 2.5 continuing education credit hours. Completion of all course videos and minimum of 80% passing test score will automatically generate a certificate of completion to be used toward licensure requirements.

Your Instructor

Andrew Nugent-Head
Andrew Nugent-Head

Andrew Nugent-Head is the founder of the Association for Traditional Studies (ATS), a 501c3 organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation and dissemination of China's traditional knowledge. Andrew moved to China in 1986 at the age of 18 to study Chinese medicine, martial arts, and internal cultivation. He spent 28 years in China dedicated to learning these arts and obtained the highest quality education possible in traditional, mentor-disciple relationships.

Andrew's studies and work have been featured on French and German television, the NBC Sunday Today Show, and on ABC News Special. He also worked on and appeared in the Mystery of Qi episode of the Bill Moyers PBS documentary series, Healing and the Mind. He has been featured in newspapers across the United States and written prolifically on Chinese Medicine, culture and the importance of preserving traditional knowledge worldwide.

Through his not for profit, Andrew has translated six books, produced over 400 educational videos and translated for and assisted practitioners of Chinese Medicine, Yin Style Bagua martial arts, Daoyin practices, and Calligraphy during more than 140 seminars between 1993 and 2003.

With the passing of his teachers, Andrew now dedicates himself to teaching the practice of Chinese medicine as he learned it to fellow practitioners through seminars around the world. He also runs a teaching clinic in Asheville, North Carolina where practitioners can observe him treating patients with herbs, acupuncture, bodywork, exercises and lifestyle advice.

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