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.



The source of many chronic diseases is habit.  Habit is a form of self-defense. If we can recognize and appreciate this form of self-defense then we can make our self-care choices more consciously. 

Please join Dr. Yvonne Farrell for this 7-hour course during which we will focus on how to manage challenging cases involving chronic, recurring or intermittent patterns. We will review the channel system, keeping in mind how each system creates armoring or latency for survival. 

Through case studies, practice and group discussion we will explore how to refine the diagnosis so that we can use the most effective tool or channel system for the pattern, such as Sinew Meridians and armoring, the Luo Vessels and blood as medium for latency, Divergent Meridians, where inside meets outside, and the 8 Extras and survival and curriculum.  The instructor will have available cases for study. Some participants will be offered an opportunity to present their cases to make the learning more personal.

WHEN:    Sunday, October 6, 2019  9:00am-5:00pm
WHERE:  Dragon Herbs Conference Room: 321 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
COST:      $140  (EarlyBird Pricing: $105 until 9-15-2019)
CEU’s:      7  (pending*)

PLEASE NOTE: This class is not being held as usual in the LA Herbs & Acupuncture offices.  It will be held in the Dragon Herbs Conference Room in Santa Monica. All-day parking in surrounding municipal lots is $16.  Please prepare to arrive early enough to park and walk to venue.  Also consider carpooling or taking the Expo Line train.

*This course is pending approval by the California Acupuncture Board for 7 hours of Category I continuing education.
Provider Name: LA Herbs & Acupuncture,
Provider Number: 713
Provider Telephone:  310-492-5185

CANCELLATION POLICY:  100% refund if cancelled three weeks prior.  50% refund if cancelled two weeks prior. There will be no refund for classes cancelled within two weeks.  A $35.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refund amounts.

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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



Each time we experience something in life, we process that experience. In order to learn and grow we must have the ability to process life from a sensory, emotional & mental perspective. There are times when the ying and wei qi are overwhelmed by challenges and they are not equipped to deal with the onslaught of experience. The luo-collateral system is uniquely designed to hold on to those experiences which cannot be processed, in the moment, until we are better able to deal with them. The system gives us a chance to gather our resources and then address the challenging experiences.

In this course we will introduce the luo-collateral system as a means to self-preservation. We will explore the concept that latency is created for survival. We will investigate the differences between states of “fullness and emptiness” in the luos and the associated symptomology. Several different approaches to treating the luos will be given.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will learn to recognize and treat luo pathology.
  2. Participants will deepen their understanding latency and its association with emotional trauma.
  3. Participants will explore the nature of the differences between pre-natal resources and post-natal processing.
  4. Participants will review and expand their knowledge of the luo-collateral points, pathways and functions.

*This course will stream live on September 8, 2019, and will be available as a distance learning course through

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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.”

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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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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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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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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.

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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 teachings 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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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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