I have been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine since 1995. After completing my studies in Israel I continued my education in Chinese Medicine in China, USA and Europe in the field of Five Elements Acupuncture and Abdominal Acupuncture. I am currently the director of the Chinese Medicine Department at Campus Broshim, School of Health and Sports at the Tel Aviv University, and Academic Director of the Institute of TCM in Krakow, Poland.

I give workshops and seminars on Five Elements Acupuncture and Abdominal Acupuncture throughout Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Prague, Poland, Belgium, UK). For more information please contact me at: scottuvia@gmail.com

Abdominal Acupuncture
Abdominal Acupuncture (AA) is a therapeutic microsystem, in which specific points and areas on the abdomen correspond to other parts of the body. It has become very popular because of its efficacy in treating chronic, long-term conditions such as musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, digestive disorders gynaecological problems balancing the Zang Fu and Strengthening Yuan Qi. The use of Abdominal Acupuncture to treat illness, harmonize the Zang Fu, and strengthening the Yuan qi is based on ancient theories of Daoist life preservation, TCM, Ba Gua, the Five Elements and modern scientific understanding of our abdominal "second brain".

This technique is based on the navel (Ren-8 Shenque) as the central nucleus which is considered to be the first system of regulation, the basis of the meridian system and the distribution of qi and blood of the whole body forming a macroscopic control. The development of the umbilical regulation system is divided into two different systems: one is located in the superficial layer of the skin in the abdominal area and is called the post-natal system (musculoskeletal) represented by the Sacred Turtle which includes the meridian system; the second system is located at a deeper layer of the abdomen and is called the pre-natal system represented by the Ba gua map. Treatment aims to adjust, harmonize and re-balance the body and mind. By concentrating acupuncture therapy in the abdominal and navel region, all parts of the body and health problems can be treated because the energetic flow of the whole body is focused in this area.

Scientists have studied the nerve system for more than 100 years, but only recently have they started to study the abdominal-brain. Now all the abdominal-brain experts believe that the abdomen has wisdom. There is a very complicated nerve system inside the abdomen: it contains about 100 million nerve cells which are more than that of the brain nerve cells, and also highly similar to brain nerve cells in function and components. As showed in research by Dr. Gershon, the digestive system has closer relation with emotions than people thought. The abdominal-brain can affect emotions such as grief, sadness, anger and excitement.. Also, the intestines is the largest immune organ in human body, it has 70% of the human body’s defense cells which are all connected with the abdominal-brain.

Abdominal Acupuncture Balancing Methods can be used to correct disharmonies and bring about holistic balance and prevent or treat health problems such as musculoskeletal pain, neurological disorders and internal diseases.

Workshop Program: (2 day)
– Introduction to Abdominal Acupuncture
– "Turtle Map" – Point location and functions
– Balancing techniques
– Treatment of musculoskeletal problems

Five Element Acupuncture: A Practical Workshop
Five Element Acupuncture is one of the major systems of thought within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also referred to as the “Five Phase” (Wu Xing) theory, Five Element has been used for more than 2,000 years as a method of diagnosis and treatment. While it is an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, today Five Element theory is not used by every acupuncturist rather, it is employed to a certain degree, depending on the practitioner’s training and education, and the style of acupuncture that he or she practices.

Five Element Acupuncture is about helping a person to become balanced and in harmony with their energy. By supporting the imbalance of the Elements, the person's energy comes back into balance and returns to health. Essentially, Five Element theory is used to help explain the cause of particular diseases, and to associate signs or symptoms to particular organs. In the context of “phases,” Five Element theory helps to explain the processes that are occurring in the body throughout various stages of disease and healing. This is particularly useful in explaining the processes that take place during the generating and controlling cycles mentioned in Five Element theory.

The diagnostic foundation of classical Five Element acupuncture is the theory of the Causative Factor or CF. The CF is thought to be the root cause for most of a patients presenting symptoms. It is thought that through birth or early childhood a constitutional weakness develops in one of the Elements. Over time, this weakness has an effect on the other Elements through the Sheng (mother-child) cycle. The CF is the Element which is the foundation for the imbalances a person may experience and becomes the focal point of the treatment.

Five Elements treating protocol begins by checking the pulse. If there is disturbed energy, we clear it, if there are blocks we help to support by choosing the Element points. Each Element Point has the potential to support and help the change needed for a balanced and healthy life. Five Element Acupuncture does not treat symptoms or syndromes. It treats the person as a whole and this technique is especially effective when our health problems are caused or affected by emotional stress and imbalance.

Workshop Program: (2 days)
– Introduction to Five Elements Theory
– The Energetics of the Element Points on the Meridians
– How to diagnose a person's Element imbalance
– Pulse diagnosis according to the Five Elements
– Five Elements balancing techniques and protocols

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