A Japanese Perspective on Chinese Medicine

The Basics are the Gateway to Success

This is a virtual seminar recording designed to improve needling skills, and understand and apply the Eight Extra vessels and channel Divergents for greater clinical success.

Butch Levy
Butch Levy

Course Overview

This overview will present via didactic discussion and visual images the keys to acupuncture success. Based on my experience and the protocols taught me by my mentor, Dr. Miki Shima, an introduction to locating the correct acupuncture holes( not a point), feeling the direction of the hole's vector, and methods useful in coaxing the Qi to the needle will be presented.


The Eight Extra Vessels will be presented with clinical applications suggesting a holographic image of the body and are extremely effective when using the unique extra vessel pulses instruction offered.


The Channel Divergents are often underappreciated for their application to balancing and strengthening the Zang/Fu organ systems, and these too will be presented with clinical protocols for their application.


Overall, this instruction and its suggestions will allow the practitioner deeper levels of access to the acupuncture energetics needed for healing, and can be immediately applied in your clinic practice.


  • Practitioners will learn how to locate the active acupuncture point, which changes in illness and to then use palpatory skills to bring the qi to the finger and also feel the direction of the qi vector and then correct needle insertion.

  • The extra vessel section will allow students to understand the pulse positions and know the correct extra vessel pulse that should be treated and then to determine the correct sequence of master couple insertion.

  • The channel divergents will allow practitioners to learn the 6 confluences, their master and couple relationships and what organ problems are able to be balanced at the deepest zang fu levels of treatment.

  • There will be explanations of when each level of acupuncture therapy,i.e. meridian, extra vessel and channel divergents should be considered in the treatment plan and the order of combining multiple levels of treatment


  • 0 hrs - 1 hrs

    This segment is designed to discuss and expand the practitioner's needling protocol. It will discuss locating the correct holes, and accessing the Qi via massage. It will also explain the direction and vector of the needling.

  • 1 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    This segment will discuss the extra vessel trajectories in the body. Also the pulse patterns of each EV are diagrammed and discussed. Further, the correct order and decision as to the master/couple point and indications for each EV.

  • 2.5 hrs - 3.5 hrs

    The Channel Divergents will be explained; their trajectory through the body. Also the master and couple sequence that needs to be followed. Along with that indications and clinical applications will be discussed.

  • 3.5 hrs - 3.75 hrs

    And finally a discussion of integrating these treatments into cohesive patient plans. Their basis will be based on constitution, type of illness and degree of disease.


  • Mihi L. (Australia)

    Butch is great. Im really happy i watched his course, as he made it so easy to understand.


Butch is great. Im really happy i watched his course, as he made it so easy to understand.

Mihi L. (Australia)


Butch Levy

Dr. Levy is a primary care physician with twenty-eight years of Chinese Medicine experience. He uses his diverse skill set to provide expertise in topics including age-related cognitive decline, supportive care for cancer patients, auto-immune diseases, and chronic illness.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: NCCAOM (3.5), Florida (3.75), Standard Certificate (3.75)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 3.75 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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