The Acupuncture Society of Virginia presents

Elementary Aspects of Canonical Chinese Medicine

with by Stephen Bonzak MS, DCCM, FICEAM, L.Ac.

Saturday & Sunday, April 22nd & 23rd, 2017 9AM-6PM (Registration starts at 8:15AM)



For Naturopaths, Herbal Students and Other Healthcare Practitioners

This is a great way to learn about classical Chinese medicine herbal principles including some herbs and formula combinations that are familiar in Western botanical medicine.  It’s a wonderful way to enhance your knowledge of herbal medicine, herbal energetics and combinations.

The classic texts covered in this course are often not utilized to the fullest in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine training, so this course offers a different perspective to those already using Chinese medicine and those who are new and to learn more about this holistic, traditional form of medicine.

For Acupuncturists: 16 NCCAOM PDA, 16 California CEU Category 1 Live


Location: Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks- Great Falls Room

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway

Fairfax, Virginia 22033

(ASVA Group Rates Available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, see below)

Description of Course

Elementary Aspects of Canonical Chinese Medicine is a course designed for non-herbalists and herbalists alike who wish to develop a more accurate and deeper understanding of the application of clinical herbal medicine. Participants will achieve this objective by exploring the medicine’s original identity and history via in-depth study of classical Chinese texts.

Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Introduction to the original lineages of Chinese Medicine
  • Introduction to the Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue (Treatise on Cold Damage and Complex Diseases)
  • Shanghan Lun as the fusion of theoretical and clinical medicine
  • History and background of Zhang Zhongjing (attributed author of the Shanghan Lun) and his writings
  • Evolution of shamanic medicine to pharmaceutical medicine
  • Relationship of the Shanghan Lun to the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon (Huangdi Neijing), the Canon of Difficulties (Nanjing), and the Divine Farmer’s Canon of Materia Medica (Shennong Bencao Jing)
  • Shanghan Zabing Lun as a primer on acupuncture-herb integration
  • Origins and importance of pulse diagnosis in Chinese herbalism
  • Classical herb/formula classifications and their clinical presentation and symptomology
  • And more!

Non-herbalist or beginners: Don’t shy away from this course! This is a perfect foundational tool that will acquaint you with the history of Chinese herbal medicine and provide you with a greater understanding of the theoretical staples of diagnosis and treatment (regardless of whether or not you incorporate herbs in your practice).

Herbalist:  Explore the herbs and formulas you have studied with greater application and historical perspective. This seminar also serves as an introduction to more advanced courses in the application of classical Chinese herbalism.


Seminar Prices: Early Bird Rate ends March 11th, 2017 (Early Price/Regular Price)

ASVA Current Member – $325/$350

Current Acupuncture Student – $250/$280

Allied State Organization Member* – $337.50/$360

Non-Member of ASVA or Allied State Organization – $375/$400

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)

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 or partial PDA/CEU credit.


ASVA Group Hotel Information: Both the Seminar and ASVA Annual Meeting will be held at the Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks. 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 website, go to   The code to enter in the “Group Code” box located under the “Special Rates & Awards” section is ACUACUA. The end date for the room block is Wednesday March 31st, 2017.


Speaker Bio:

Stephen Bonzak, MS, DCCM, FICEAM, LAc is the founder and director of Health Traditions Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic in Chicago. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and then attended the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), receiving a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. In addition to his practice, he teaches classes in herbal medicine and medical theory at PCOM, supervises interns in the student clinic, and is the Chair of the Oriental Medicine Department.

Stephen Bonzak is a Diplomate of Canonical Chinese Medicine℠ DCCM℠ and a Fellow of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine℠ FICEAM℠.

Mr. Bonzak is an herbalist specialized in Canonical Chinese Medicine™, a style of herbalism based on the Chinese Han-dynasty classics, and has completed 400+ hours of advanced post-graduate training at the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine™ where in 2012 he was certified as a Diplomate. Since 2015, Mr. Bonzak is also certified as a Fellow of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine FICEAM, after the successful completion of a 200 hours clinical internship.

In 2013, Mr. Bonzak has started teaching both domestically and internationally alongside Dr. Versluys as a co-instructor in the aforementioned training program. He was one of the first practitioners to become clinically certified as a Fellow of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, and is one of only two Clinical Supervisors currently approved by Dr. Versluys.

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