ASVA Event Posting Policy: We will post any events put on by partner organizations and active ASVA members. We will also post any free local events that would benefit our membership.  Non-partnering organizations offering a NCCAOM approved PDA event will need to offer ASVA members at least a 10% discount on the course if they would like us to list it on our webpage.  To post an event contact Sarah.  

Upcoming events

    • 20 Feb 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 500 Caitboo Avenue, Cary NC 27518

    The North Carolina Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine presents: 

    Safety & Ethics
    Featuring Michael Taromina, Esq.
    4 CEUs (NCALB approved)

    Date: February 20, 2016, 9:00am - 1:00pm 

    Location: Hilton Garden Inn
                  500 Caitboo Avenue
                  Cary, NC 27518


    Membership fee: FREE

    Non-membership fees: $120 before 02/01/2016
                                     $150 after 02/01/2016

    To register, visit:             

    • 21 Feb 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 500 Caitboo Avenue, Cary, NC 27518

    The North Carolina Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine presents: 

    Nutrition, Herbs and Acupuncture for Pain

    Featuring Jennifer Williams, PhD, L.Ac, BCIM, ADS
    6 CEUs (NCALB approved)

    Date: February 21, 2016

    Location: Hilton Garden Inn
                  500 Caitboo Avenue
                  Cary, NC 27518


    Member Registration: FREE

    Non-Member Registration: $180 before 02/01/2016
                                          $210 after 02/01/2016

    To register, visit:

    • 19 Mar 2016
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20 Mar 2016
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Maryland University of Integrative Health

    Maryland University of Integrative Health presents:

    Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis
    with Lonny Jarrett, M.Ac., M.S., FNAAOM

    14 NCCAOM PDAs

    Dates: March 19-20, 2016
              9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Location: Maryland University of Integrative Health
                  7750 Montepelier Road
                  Laurel, Maryland 20723

    Price: $310 (General Public)
             $210 (MUIH Alumni & Students)

    Pulse diagnosis is one of the “Crown Jewels” of Chinese medicine. Competency with the pulse is a significant part of the difference between treating symptoms and achieving a truly preventive level of care. Pulse diagnosis is as vital to cultivating a deep intuition in medical practice as it is to explicitly communicating to others what one is seeing and how one has arrived at a diagnosis or treatment principle. This class will lay the foundation for a broad and deep appreciation of pulse diagnosis.

    On the first day, we will concentrate on the big picture by looking at the whole pulse and considering the issue of stability in terms of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and pulse quality. Subsequently, we will study the following:

    • compare the left to the right side of the pulse with an eye toward understanding the important pulse patterns that may present on each side differentially
    • look at the three depths of the pulse, qi, blood, and organ, to comprehend their significance
    • discuss herb formulas and acupuncture point combinations for different pulse types
    • consider how to diagnose the Sanjiao on the pulse and its related organ patterns

    On the second day we will examine all the qualities that emerge as the pulse transitions proceed to jing deficiency through a path of either yin or yang deficiency. We will consider all qualities in relationship to individual positions on the pulse and for the pulse as a whole.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding physiology as gleaned through the pulse and all qualities will be demonstrated experientially. The last 2-3 hours of class will be practical exercise in taking pulse with direct feedback. 

    • 02 Apr 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03 Apr 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033
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    Registration Now Open!!

    The Acupuncture Society of Virginia presents


    Psycho-emotional Disorders and the 8 Extraordinary Vessels

    with Yvonne Farrell DAOM, L.Ac


    Saturday April 2nd, 2016  9:00AM - 6:00PM

    Sunday April 3rd, 2016 8:30AM - 5:00 PM 

        14 NCCAOM PDA (Core) Approved 

    14 CA CEUs Approved 


    Location: Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks

    11787 Lee Jackson memorial Highway

    Fairfax, VA 22033

    Special room rates available, see below


    "According to the principles of acupuncture, one must examine the patient carefully first and then treat according to the conditions of his spiritual activities."

    (Chap. 8 Ling Shu/Ben Shen)


    The course will give an overview of the 8 Extraordinary meridians and their use in the diagnosis and treatment of psycho-emotional disorders.  We will discuss how the functions of the vessels relate to psycho-emotional health and how the 8 Extraordinary vessels respond to evolutionary stress.  Understanding the pathways an the points along the trajectories will give practitioners a deeper understanding of how to use these vessels to help their patients adapt to the major changes in life that often cause emotional suffering.


    Course Overview and Objectives

    The objective of this course is to present attendees with additional tools for diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorders using the 8 Extraordinary vessels.

    • Overview of emotions in Chinese medicine, 5  Spirit/Wu Shen and emotions related to the levels of Qi
    • Overview of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels, 4 Seas and 4 Transporters
    • Discuss treatment of 8 Extraordinary Vessels for depression, anxiety, disease of focus, phobias
    • Discuss treatment of 8 Extraordinary Vessels with cognitive disorders, anger management, eating disorders, bonding issues, paranoia
    • Review case studies and treatment strategies     


    Seminar Rates: 

    Early bird rates end February 20th (early rate/regular price)

    ASVA Current Member - $300/$330

    Student ASVA Member - $250/$280

    Allied State Organization Member* - $306/$337.50

    Non-Member of ASVA or Allied State Organization - $330/$360

    Student Non-Member of ASVA or Allied State Organization - $300/$330

    Extra $50 for registration day of event - We encourage you to check with us ahead of time to make sure spots are still available.

    *Allied State Organizations - Acupuncture Society of DC (ASCD), Maryland Acupuncture Society (MAS), North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCAAOM), Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania (APA). Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CSAOM)

    ASVA Annual Membership Meeting is on Sunday April 3rd during lunch (12-2PM). Please register separately for this event.  All Virginia acupuncturist welcome, ASVA members free.   


    Cancellation Policy: 

    One month prior to seminar date: Full refund minus $25 cancellation fee.

    One month to one week prior: 60% of tuition will be refunded.

    Less than one week prior or nonattendance: No refunds.


    Speaker Bibliography

    Dr. Farrell has been involved in helping others to restore balance in their lives for 24 years. In 1996, she graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master’s in Chinese Medicine. She has been in private practice since 1997. She was a member of the faculty at Emperor’s College for 13 years. In addition to her faculty duties at Emperor’s, Yvonne was also a clinical supervisor.

    Specializing in the use of the Secondary Vessels in treatment, Yvonne has been teaching channel theory to students for many years. She has developed proficiency with these systems because she feels they are very effective in the treatment of psycho-emotional and psycho-spiritual disorders.

    Yvonne directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation & self-knowledge are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.

    Yvonne received her doctoral degree (DAOM) from Emperor’s College in 2007. In 2009-2010 Yvonne was the Director of a team that was responsible for getting Yo San University’s first DAOM program up and running.

    Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders or stress induced illness.


    Seminar and ASVA Membership Lunch Group Room Rate:

    Special room rate: $96/night   

    Guests can call 1-888-236-2427 and ask for the "Acupuncture  Society Room Block”. For those who would like to book online through the hotel's web site, go to   The code to enter in the "Group Code" box located under the “Special Rates & Awards” section is ASOASOA. The end date for the room block is Wednesday March 30th, 2016.  Limited rooms available so please plan to register early. Information about the local area will be emailed to you upon registration.


    If you are a vendor looking to sponsor the event you can click here for more information.



    • 03 Apr 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway · Fairfax, Virginia 22033
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    Sign Up Now!

    Registration for Lunch closes on Sunday March 27th . 

    The Acupuncture Society of Virginia's
    Annual Meeting and Luncheon*

    Sunday April 3rd



    * Luncheon is provided FREE for all current ASVA members. For non-members, the cost is $25.  The meeting will take place in tandem with our weekend seminar Pyscho-emotional Disorders and the 8 Extraordinary Vessels. If you are not attending the seminar and would like lunch at the meeting, please register here for the Annual Meeting only.

    Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks

    Free Parking

    Learn what the Acupuncture Society of Virginia has been doing the last year. The annual meeting includes legislative updates, how government affects your practice, elections of board members, and networking with other acupuncturists.  We will be discussing ways you can be more involved in ASVA, like becoming a regional representative or a speaker for Grand Rounds.  We will also be voting on bylaw updates to expand membership to affiliate professional non-voting members. We will also share some new membership benefits and end with a raffle for fabulous prizes!

    The meeting will take place during a lunch reception at noon with the meeting to follow. Food and drink provided for current ASVA members.  If you are not a member, lunch is $25 and can be paid for ahead of time on our website.

    The meeting is open to licensed Virginia acupuncturists and students attending ACAOM accredited or candidate for accreditation schools.

    Please register by Sunday March 27th so we can give the hotel caterer a head count.

    Address: Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks - 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033
      We look forward to seeing you there!


    ASVA Board Elections

    Nominations are now open for ASVA board positions!
    We are accepting nominations via email now until March 30th. Please submit your nominee or volunteer yourself by the deadline. Voting will take place in person at annual meeting.

    To find out more information contact ASVA or visit our board member page for a description of positions.

    • 14 May 2016
    • 15 May 2016
    • Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

    The North Carolina Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine presents: 

    Chronic Liver Disease & Cancer Support 

    with Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. 
    16 CEUs

    Date: May 14-15, 2016

    Location: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
                  43 Townsquare Boulevard
                  Asheville, NC 28803


    Member Registration: $299 before 04/14/2016
                                    $349 after 04/14/2016

    Non-Member Registration: $470 before 04/14/2016
                                          $520 after 04/14/2016

    Student Registration: $175

    To register, visit:

Acupuncture Society of Virginia
2308 Mt Vernon Ave #218
Alexandria, VA 22301

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