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James Saper R.TCM.P.
328 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3W5 (519) 341-9314

Eastmountain Professional Development

Advance your knowledge of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Improve the efficacy of your treatments. Build your practice.

I organize and teach continuing education seminars for health professionals and practitioners. The secret of acupuncture is that there are no secrets. Only finely tuned theories that require a fuller understanding than most foundational course can provide. With attention to detail and context, simple acupuncture treatments can have surprisingly effective results.

Stay informed of upcoming seminars.


Secrets of Effective Acupuncture: Acupuncture for Menopause and Aging
Saturday, September 21, 2013. 10am - 4pm
Health promotion & longevity have been perennial strengths for Chinese Medicine. The treatment of peri-menopause symptoms, by extension, can be highly effective using Chinese Medicine’s sophisticated and flexible approach. From hot flashes, to memory loss, to osteoporosis, this seminar will cover the information needed for reliable results using acupuncture.
Learn how to use TCM Pattern differentiation flexibly and relate it back to point selection. The course will also cover treatment strategies, such as the importance of Spleen deficiency or Qi & Blood stagnation in Peri-menopausal treatments.
Accredited with the BDDT-N for naturopaths for CE credits.
Pre-requisites: A working knowledge of TCM theories and acupuncture point location and function is required. While the class will review the fundamentals of TCM acupuncture, the focus is on advanced theory and treatment.

Secrets of Effective Acupuncture: Acupuncture for Headaches & Migraines
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. 10am - 4pm
Headache and migraines can present clinically in a confusing number of different ways. Yet, practitioners often rely on a limited set of point combinations, often with variable results. This seminar will help you integrate the various TCM theories and approaches - from channel theories to organ differentiation - to gain a comprehensive strategy for your acupuncture treatments.
Learn about the role of channel dynamics in disease pathologies and acupuncture treatments. The course will also review acupuncture theories in a practical and applied manner, increasing your treatment options and efficacy.
Accredited with the BDDT-N for naturopaths for CE credits. Accreditation for RMT's is pending.
Pre-requisites: A working knowledge of TCM theories and acupuncture point location and function is required. While the class will review the fundamentals of TCM acupuncture, the focus is on advanced theory and treatment.

Secrets of Effective Acupuncture: Acupuncture for Burn-out, Exhaustion & Fatigue
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. 10am - 4pm
Fatigue and exhaustion, are such common-place complaints they can be easily overlooked. They are often, however, the first indication of a multitude of diseases. Chinese Medicine considers them as disease categories in their own right. Learning the nuance of assessing and treating this central complaint allows for effective treatment in a variety for conditions.
It also provides an excellent opportunity to review fundamental TCM theory and look at practitioner self-care strategies.
Accredited with the BDDT-N for naturopaths for CE credits.
Pre-requisites: A working knowledge of TCM theories and acupuncture point location and function is required. While the class will review the fundamentals of TCM acupuncture, the focus is on advanced theory and treatment.


I have learnt through my clinic, that keeping things simple, focusing on quality and personalized attention can typically get the best results. I've taken this same approach in planning these seminars. Expect small class sizes, clinically useful information and explanations that clarify those confusing Chinese Medicine theories. These workshops are accredited for naturopaths and (when within the scope of practice) RMT's, and cover advanced treatment theories and techniques.

Past seminar topics include:
Fibromyalgia
Depression
Anxiety
Back Pain
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

To Register Registration cost for each seminar: $100 / $75 for students. Sign-up for additional seminars for registration discounts:
Practitioners: $100 for one seminar; $150 for 2 seminars; $180 for 3 seminars
Students: $75 for one seminar; $130 for 2 seminars; $165 for 3 seminars
A $50 deposit (non-refundable) will be required for registration.
Seminars will be limited to small groups. All sessions will be held in downtown Guelph. To register or for more information, contact me by phone or email (contact information at the top of this page).

last updated September 11th, 2013