Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Neuromodulation (MAIN™)


After teaching veterinary medical acupuncture to thousands of practitioners, Dr. Robinson recognized the need among her colleagues in human medicine for a comprehensive course in medical acupuncture from a strictly scientific perspective. As such, she designed this course, suitable for physician and non-physician acupuncturists, dry needling therapists, and those involved in the research and teaching of integrative therapies.

We call it the “MAIN” or “Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Neuromodulation” program, after the technique Dr. Robinson developed by that name. Taking the MAIN approach broadens neuroanatomic acupuncture to include myofascial evaluation and treatment, soft tissue manual therapy techniques, and light therapy, or photomedicine.

The course offers roughly 50 hours of online content, divided into four progressive sections that call for active engagement by the learner and include thought-provoking questions and assessments.

In Section I, we place heavy emphasis on the anatomy of acupuncture points and channels.  We do so not just as an intellectual exercise but in order to gain deeper insights into the inner workings of acupuncture. Acupuncture points aren’t anything magical or mystical. They are merely locations in myofascial tissue or between muscles near nerves and vessels, that, when stimulated by an acupuncture needle, undergo alterations in their function toward a more healthful operating system. In other words, acupuncture treatment, at least in part, relieves muscle tension, improves circulation, modulates nerve firing, and often engenders mental and emotional relaxation. These changes can benefit not only the area being treated but extend throughout a patient’s body to promote functional restoration and help that individual regain a more balanced physiologic state with less pain overall.

After the anatomy focus of Section I, we move into acupuncture physiology for Section II. This is where we learn how stimulation of those anatomic features we talked about previously translates into observable clinical benefits. This section covers ways in which acupuncture alleviates pain and supports autonomic homeostasis. We examine the field of functional brain imaging, seeing how, when, and where changes in brain function arise from point activation. We also consider the tissue-needle interface and the research that shows us how tissue tugs made by needle rotation translate into neuromodulation and fascial signaling.

By Section III, participants are well-prepared to develop treatment protocols for 50 common and not-so-common conditions. Through interactive exercises, students implement the MAIN technique to create comprehensive, effective, and clinically meaningful medical acupuncture approaches.

Finally, in Section IV, we dialogue about ways to bring acupuncture to a position front and center in modern medical care—no longer relegated to a last ditch effort. This not only raises the standard of care but also reduces reliance on invasive surgery and potentially harmful and addictive medications such as opioids.

By the time the program concludes, you will have mastered the MAIN technique and feel prepared to introduce it into your current acupuncture practice. You will also have developed a science-based presentation suitable to present to your colleagues, to your community, or to larger professional venues in order to expand awareness of the value of medical acupuncture and related techniques. In this way, we cultivate leadership and promote best practices in medical acupuncture. Together, we can upgrade the practice of acupuncture around the globe.


SECTION I (20 hours)
Module 1. Connective Tissue Connections in Acupuncture
Module 2.  Basic Premises and Background Information about Medical Acupuncture
Module 3.  Neuromodulation
Module 4.  Acupuncture Neuromatrix, Points, and Channels
SECTION II (8 hours)
Module 5. Is Acupuncture a Placebo?
Module 6. Physiology of Acupuncture Analgesia
Module 7.  Autonomic Neuromodulation
Module 8.  Assessing Acupuncture Outcomes Objectively
SECTION III (12 hours)
Module 9. MAIN approach to Clinical Conditions —What Research Reveals and What We Can Improve
Module 10. Myofascial Evaluation — Reading the Body to Improve Diagnosis and Optimize Treatment
SECTION IV (10 hours)
Module 11. Where Acupuncture Has Been, Is Now, and Will Be (Hint:  Science Wins)
Module 12.  Changing Medical Culture with “Acupuncture First” and “Integrative Throughout”

The MAIN course is open and ongoing.
You may register at any time.
Course fee – $1,995
Content delivery – online.


2017 June – Webinar: The Physiologic Basis of Medical Acupuncture and Photomedicine for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
2017 July – 2-Day Technical Skills Workshop: Canine @ The Hilton Fort Collins
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day
  • Would you like to take your acupuncture skills to a new level?
  • Would you like to refine your palpation and treatment techniques in small groups with experienced, highly knowledgable teachers?
  • Would you like to hone your electroacupuncture knowledge and bolster your confidence?

If you answered YES to any or all of the above, then our 2-Day Technical Skills Workshop for Small Animals is for you!

When: July 14-15, 2017
Where: The Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526
Who: This workshop is limited to just 30 participants and will be utilizing dogs as our teaching partners.
Cost: $695.00 – includes breakfast, lunch and breaks, all lectures and two full days of hands-on experience.

Remember, we’re limiting this to the first 30 to register, so don’t wait!

2017 October – Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Dual Track Clinical Intensive @ The Hilton in Fort Collins
Oct 16 – Oct 21 all-day
2017 October - Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians - Dual Track Clinical Intensive @ The Hilton in Fort Collins | Fort Collins | Colorado | United States

Join us for the Dual Track (Small Animal/Exotics and Equine/Farm Animal Tracks) Clinical Intensive October 16-21, 2017 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

For more details, please contact Sharon Sherwood

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Does it qualify for CE credits?

The MAIN™ course provides 50 hours of continuing education (CE). Please contact your state veterinary board to determine if the credits will be accepted and applied toward the renewal of your license.

Those who successfully complete the MAIN course, all online assessments, and submit a case study, will receive a certificate of completion.


How much does it cost?

Cost: $1,995

Length of Access: 6 months from time of registration

Prerequisites: Completion of a basic acupuncture course.

Those who successfully complete the MAIN course, all online assessments, and submit a case study, will receive a certificate of completion.


When Does the Course Begin?

MAIN™ registration is open and ongoing. Download the brochure.


Am I eligible? How do I register?

Acupuncture Human 2016 Cover webInteractive Medical Acupuncture Anatomy CoverMedical Acupuncture and Integrative Neuromodulation or MAIN™ for Physicians and Certified/Licensed Acupuncturists

MAIN is CuraCore’s newest program that is conducted entirely online. Required reading for the program is Dr. Narda Robinson’s textbook, Interactive Medical Acupuncture Anatomy (2016).

The online modules will follow and expand textbook to consider and create clinical interventions with medical acupuncture and related techniques. The book is available as a hardcover publication or e-book through Amazon.comCRC Press, and other retailers.


If you’re frustrated with “in-the-box” solutions and you’re ready to enhance your skillset as a medical professional or veterinarian, we welcome you to join us.

Together, we can change medicine.