Hypothetical Approaches to Addressing COVID-19 Patients with Acupuncture: Free Recorded Webinar

Recorded Webinar, Presented by: Tsuyoshi Shimamura + Seishiro Hokazono (Interpreter)- Japanese/English Recorded Webinar

Recorded on Sat 9th May 2020


Recorded Webinar – 2 Formal CPD Points 

CPD approved/pre-approved by AACMA | Acupuncture NZ | NZASA

Online: Recorded Webinar- hosted in Sydney, Australia and broadcast from Oita, Japan and Corvallis, USA

*Formal CPD Certificate is provided at the completion of the mandatory Online CPD Quiz that is provided at the end of the recorded webinar.

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“An excellent, free online learning opportunity for those wishing to cover hypothetical Oriental medicine treatment (acupuncture) approaches to COVID-19, with a world class Japanese acupuncture instructor. Must attend!”

Peter Scarselletti

2020 has brought with it some interesting challenges for us all.

Qiology took the initiative to provide a number of high quality, affordable, and clinically applicable online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events in 2020 to meet the needs of the acupuncture/oriental medicine profession across the globe.

In May 2020, Qiology invited Tsuyoshi Shimamura Sensei, international acupuncture instructor, to conduct a unique online training:

Hypothetical Approaches to Addressing COVID-19 Patients with Acupuncture: Webinar

The strength of Oriental medicine lies in the fact that it allows us to understand the person that is experiencing the disease, and how it manifests and affects their body in terms of Oriental medicine theory and philosophy, as opposed to focusing on the disease itself. We then focus on treating the condition of the body, as opposed to the disease.

COVID-19 is a disease of our modern era, and it’s important that we, as acupuncturists/Oriental medicine practitioners, form an understanding of it from the viewpoints of Oriental medicine.

Shimamura Sensei brings his years of knowledge and experience in Japanese acupuncture, combined with an understanding of clinical and diagnostic observations of Chinese medicine/acupuncture doctors who were on the front lines, treating COVID-19 cases, to provide an understanding on what is happening within the body of those patients, and how we would treat these cases, hypothetically, if they were on our treatment table.

This recorded webinar was delivered in Japanese by Tsuyoshi Shimamura, and was interpreted by international Japanese acupuncture interpreter (and acupuncturist), Seishiro Hokazono, in his dynamic and energetic style.

The recorded webinar includes downloadable course notes, and also included a Q+A segment where important questions of attendees were answered by the instructor. At the end of this recorded webinar, you are provided with a CPD quiz, and upon quiz completion, you will be provided with a formal CPD certificate.

A fascinating and enlightening study into the Oriental medicine understanding of COVID-19.

Topics Included in this 2+ hour webinar:

Part 1

  • The history of epidemic diseases in oriental medicine, and how they can be addressed with acupuncture.
  • Oriental medicine signs and symptom presentation in COVID-19 Patients.
  • COVID-19: An external pathogenic (wind) attack, that exhibits signs of Damp and Heat in the body.
  • Bodily systems rapidly attacked or weakened by COVID-19: Spleen/Pancreas + Stomach + Kidney.

Part 2

  • Hypothetical approaches to treatment in 4 possible stages of COVID-19: Initial Onset, Peak of illness, Recovery, and Post-Recovery. The different signs and symptoms, diagnostic findings, and treatment strategies in each stage will be outlined and explained.
    This section will be particularly clinically applicable, as it will give an important direction to the many practitioners who will be treating recovered cases of COVID-19 in their clinics over the next year.

Part 3

  • Shimamura’s methods and flow of acupuncture treatment, point selections and needle techniques, including demonstrations.
  • Point Selections- How and Why?: Stomach Qi line, SI3, LI4, Liv13, Sp4, CV4/6 DU4, UB17, SP8.
  • The importance of periodontal (gum) health, and how periodontal disease may influence the potential illness severity and/or prognosis of patients with COVID-19 , and it’s understanding from an Oriental medicine perspective.
  • Food, lifestyle and other recommendations for COVID-19 cases.

Part 4

  • Q+A- A segment of Q+A focused on various questions from the audience.

With the kind and peaceful presence Shimamura Sensei brings to all his treatments, he also hopes to quell the mystery and fear surrounding this particular virus, whilst instilling the possibility of Oriental Medicine’s effectiveness in addressing patients with COVID 19.


What this recorded webinar does not cover:

  • This is not a course about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and does not cover any methods or procedures related to this, and is a course on how to hypothetically address COVID-19 patients from an acupuncture perspective. However, if someone were to be practicing acupuncture on those with COVID-19, and is using PPE equipment and treating patients, the acupuncture diagnostics and treatment methods taught in this course are recommended for use, but do not make claims of cure or treatment of COVID-19.

Important Notice: The techniques taught in this course are not intended to diagnose, cure or treat COVID-19, but designed to support the bodies (from a Complementary/Alternative Medicine perspective) of those suffering from COVID-19 or post COVID-19 infection who are undergoing medical treatment. It is recommended that those who believe they may have COVID-19, consult a medical doctor immediately. It is not our recommendation for you to treat COVID-19 patients, but it is up to your professional discretion as a health professional to decide.

Tsuyoshi Shimamura

Tsuyoshi Shimamura obtained licensure as an Acupuncturist and Moxibustionist in Japan in 1995 after completing studies at Meiji Acupuncture and Moxibustion College. Shimamura was fortunate to undertake a live-in apprenticeship with Master Nagano during the final years of Master Nagano’s life, living and working with Master Nagano between 1997 and 2000 as his closest apprentice.
Shimamura not only inherited a vast amount of Nagano’s teachings, techniques, and theories but also gained an important insight into his character. Tsuyoshi Shimamura is a member of the Japan Acupuncturist Association, and has also published articles and DVDs for Ido-No-Nippon. Since 2006, Shimamura has been teaching seminars on the Acupuncture and diagnostic methods he learned during his time with Master Nagano. Shimamura has also taught a variety of hands-on manual techniques to Shiatsu practitioners, physical therapists, Bone-Setters and cosmetic therapists in Japan.

Mr. Shimamura currently develops what he has learned with Master Nagano personally during their time together, and what he has learned from Master Acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto, as in his heart there is no replacement for their teachings. As a result Mr. Shimamura focuses only on teaching openly and passionately to his students, that which he learned directly from Master Nagano and Kiiko Matsumoto, the most inspirational influences in Shimamura’s life. In recent years, Shimamura has impressed international students with his clarity and depth of understanding, his mindful presence, and his commitment to sharing Master Nagano’s legacy. Tsuyoshi Shimamura runs clinics in Hiroshima and Ooita, Japan, and holds a 1st Degree Black-Belt in Judo.
As is required by National Law, we disclose that Tsuyoshi Shimamura is not a registered health professional within Australia.


Seishiro Hokazono L.Ac. – Interpreter

Born and raised in Japan, and now a citizen of the US, Seishiro graduated from the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and undertook further studies in Meridian-style Acupuncture and Moxibustion with Aizawa Sensei in Tokyo, Japan from 2006-2007. Seishiro then studied modified KSA and Integrated Synergy Therapeutics under Nakano Sensei in 2008 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. From 2008 onwards Seishiro developed very sound knowledge and skills in Kiiko Style Acupuncture. Due to his exceptional linguistic skills in Japanese and English and experience with interpreting specific to acupuncture, Seishiro has been selected by Qiology as interpreter to Mr. Shimamura, to assist English speaking students in learning Master Nagano’s Acupuncture techniques, diagnosis and theory through Mr. Shimamura. Seishiro is in full-time practice in Albany, Oregon, and also holds a 1st Degree Black-Belt in Judo.
As is required by National Law, we disclose that Seishiro Hokazono is not a registered health professional within Australia.

Who was Master Nagano?

In post-war Japan, Master Acupuncturist Kiyoshi Nagano began a remarkable and fruitful investigation. Despite being blind, Nagano memorized classical Chinese medicine literature and developed a unique and ingenious theoretical and clinical approach that incorporated classical concepts and emergent insights from Western medicine. His ideas and methods did not follow an established group, which brought a certain stigma in Japanese acupuncture circles. Being mentally robust, he was proud of his ‘lone wolf’ status. Over the next half a century – using his extraordinary palpation and pulse diagnosis skills as a guide – he crafted ingenious acupuncture protocols for all types of conditions. He also became a mentor to two of the most important Japanese acupuncture teachers of our time: Master Acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto and Tsuyoshi Shimamura. Master Nagano passed away in 2003

“Te A Te Hari”  
“Pour passion and heart into your hands.”

This unforgettable command is what Master Nagano told me as I started my three-year apprenticeship with him. I always wonder if I am properly executing his command as I needle myself every morning. One of Master Nagano’s patients told me: “Just having a touch of Sensei’s hands makes me feel better. His hands remind me of my mother.” I still remember his warm hands when I first received his handshake. I cannot do the same acupuncture treatment like Master Nagano. But, I feel the calling to pass his command to other fellow colleagues. I would like to bring in the passion as I diagnose patients with my hands. I pour my heart into every needle to help alleviate the suffering. If I can transmit this message via how I show my treatment style through seminars, I feel comfortable naming my style: Te A Te Hari. Te A Te means “laying a hand”, “treatment”, and “appropriate preparation or allowance”. Hari = Needle. I believe that actual treatment can start by touching a patient. Thus, having healing hands is very important to any practitioner. Please join me in a conversation of realizing my master’s words.

Hypothetical Approaches to Addressing COVID-19 Patients with Acupuncture: Recorded Webinar

Recorded on Saturday 9th May 2020

Hosted in Sydney, Australia and broadcast from Oita, Japan and Corvallis, USA

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