Since 2008, LA Herbs & Acupuncture has been a continuing education provider for California-licensed acupuncturists.  We take pride in providing unique programs for professional development in our field. Many of our most popular continuing education courses are available online through our partnership with Pro D Seminars.



Treating Addictions With the Channel Systems of Acupuncture

November 18 & 19, 2017 • Vancouver, BC

In this 2-day seminar, dive deep into the nature and pathology of the channels of acupuncture like never before, including psychoemotional aspects of each system, and learn how to apply it with the treatment of addictions. Use the Channel systems of Acupuncture to address the deeper psycho-emotional aspects of addiction, both substance addiction and addictive behaviors

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Spleen & Stomach:  Agents of Change

Sunday  December 3, 2017     9:00 am – 6:00 pm

In this course, Dr. Yvonne Farrell will explore the anatomy, physiology and psychology of change, and the foundational support for change provided by the Spleen & Stomach systems.

We will look at optimizing the environment for change by investigating the middle jiao’s part in resistance, slowing down, ideation, attention, habituation and the need for stability.

In the Pi Wei Lun, Li Dong Yuan states “once the spleen and stomach are damaged, the five turmoils will arise.  Damaged by heat, the original qi loses its function, and, as a result, the limbs are cumbersome and fatigued.”  In this state, change is almost impossible.

We will cover the pathways and important points on the Spleen & Stomach Sinew channels, Luo-collaterals, Primary meridians and Divergent confluences.  We will also discuss the value of Pre-natal resources through the 8 Extraordinary vessels.

Sunday  December 3, 2017     9:00 am – 6:00 pm

8 CEUs  Category I $144

Early Bird Registration, ends November 10, 2017:   $110

This course is pending approval by the California Acupuncture Board for 8 hours of continuing education.  Provider Name:  LA Herbs & Acupuncture, Provider Number:  713  Provider Telephone:  310-492-5185

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Clinical Mentorship with Dr. Yvonne Farrell
Acupuncture Alchemy: The Treatment of Psycho-emotional Pain

Join Dr. Yvonne Farrell for a 14-month in-depth exploration of the Secondary Vessels and their application in treating psycho-emotional pain.

We will meet one Monday per month to learn, treat patients, and discuss treatments and outcomes.

The mentorship course includes one weekend retreat.

We will define what constitutes psycho-emotional pain, how to create a therapeutic relationship, ethical treatment, empowering the patient, intent vs. agenda, active listening and mindful practice using the Sinew Meridians, the Luo-Collateral Vessels, the Primary Meridians, the Divergent Meridians and the 8 Extraordinary Vessels

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Distance Learning Courses


A Spirit at Rest: Treating Sleep Disorders with Chinese Medicine

Yvonne Farrell
CEU/ PDA’s: 10

According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), “Sleep loss and sleep disorders are among the most common yet frequently overlooked and readily treatable health problems. It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity. (NHLBI, 2003). Failure to recognize sleep problems not only precludes diagnosis and treatment—it also precludes the possibility of preventing grave public health consequences.” Course Details & Registration Info


Eight Extras and the Childbearing Cycle: Complete Course

Yvonne Farrell & Laura Erlich
CEU/ PDA’s: 16

The overarching objective of this 16 hour, 4 module series, is to provide the acupuncturist with a clear understanding of the allopathic care a pregnant woman undergoes, and to work alongside her prenatal care provider to support and prevent common pregnancy issues. Course Details & Registration Info


Treating Infertility with the Eight Extraordinary Vessels: Fertility, The Psyche & Conscious Conception

Yvonne Farrell & Laura Erlich CEU/ PDA’s: 14 Join us as we explore an approach which emphasizes the body-mind connection in the treatment of infertility, with special emphasis on the spiritual and emotional impact of this journey on a woman and her partner. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels provide a unique opportunity to combine both the physiological and psycho-spiritual aspects of this condition in an elegant, simple and effective system.

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Channel Theory: An Overview of the Secondary Vessels

Yvonne Farrell
CEU/ PDA’s: 8

The objective of this course is to expose practitioners to the basic concepts of channel Theory in an effort to deepen the therapeutic effects of acupuncture and expand clinical tools. We will endeavor to convey the richness and profound impact of acupuncture beyond the primary meridians. Practitioners will receive a general overview of the secondary vessels, their functions and their indications for use.

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Psycho-emotional Disorders and the 8 Extraordinary Vessels

Yvonne Farrell
CEU/ PDA’s: 14

“According to the principle 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 objective of this course is to present participants with an additional tool for the diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorders using the 8 Extraordinary vessels.

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Labor Preparation & The 8 Extras: Supporting the Transition From Pregnancy to Parenthood

Yvonne Farrell & Laura Erlich
CEU/ PDA’s: 6

This course will investigate the use of the 8 Extras and the Luo Vessels to support the conscious choice to parent. Based on the teachlngs of Sun Si Miao and his expansion of the concept of ‘nurturing life’ (Yang Shen), we approach the philosophy of conscious parenting from the perspective of a woman’s capacity to embrace the archetype of motherhood.

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Menopause & The 8 Extras: Empowering Patients to Revel In Their “Second Spring”

Yvonne Farrell
CEU/PDA’s: 6

The objective of this course is to provide acupuncturists with a framework for understanding and treating the complex patterns and symptoms related to menopause via the far-reaching impact of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels.

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