Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM)

CIAM is internationally recognized as the only professional development provider, endorsed by the Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur (DAA) with presentation of a comprehensive Auricular Medicine curriculum aligned with the EATCM, ÖGKA, and DAA as based on the works of Nogier, Bahr, and other leading physicians working in the field of Auricular Medicine today. 


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WATCH VIDEO presented by CIAM founder, Dr. Muriel Agnes, on the excitement of the online program — starting with Level 1!

A comprehensive education

  • Diverse learning activities
  • Diverse network of professionals
  • Diverse clinical applications
  • One common goal: systematic curriculum in Auricular Medicine (as recognized by NCCAOM, DAA and others for continuing education) to support the effective identification and treatment of issues that otherwise prevent healing.

A feature-rich online experience

The goal is to engage effective learning — with respective features depending on the specific course, material and agenda... 

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Flexible schedule

From anywhere around the world with an Internet connection, you can start your learning in most any course at any time (the exception are online courses that present scheduled live events).
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Interactive video

Course players offer time saving features not available in most online courses, such as interactive table of contents, section tags, playback speed control, resource links, educational notes and interactive quizzes.
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Live instructor reviews

CORE curriculum courses (specifically Level 1 & Level 2) as well as CERTIFY courses (the clinical practicums) offer live reviews directly with instructors via Zoom, email, and/or phone.
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Generous access terms

Most courses remain available for an entire year or more. And, discounted course extensions are available to maintain your course progression and access to institute resources (forum, free course contents, and more)

Professional praise...

CIAM has developed a comprehensive training program in German Auricular Medicine. Practitioners will learn current developments in auricular acupuncture and the approach taught in Germany — a system [for] profound results... clearing blockages to healing and stubborn symptoms. 
Beyond delivering the only systematic training of the DAA program in the English language offered worldwide, the CIAM team is highly professional and caring.”

— Dr. med. Beate Strittmatter, Director of Education, German Academy of Acupuncture (Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur | DAA)
German auricular medicine has expanded the scope of my practice in a variety of ways. With clients whose progress has plateaued, I check for blockages to healing such as scars, old injuries, hidden dental problems, pain memory accumulations, vitamin/mineral deficiencies and toxicities. When injuries cannot be approached locally, they can be accessed via the ear. Patients appreciate the accuracy and results of this system.”

– Dee Brown, LAc, MAc, DiplAc, Dipl CH | Level I CIAM Certified Acupuncturist in Maryland
After 33 years of continuing education courses I can say I have not experienced such a well prepped and gentle presentation of a veritable tidal wave of information.”

– Candice C. Ellis, LAc | Former faculty at New England School of Acupuncture, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



CIAM is founded September 2003 under the name Vital Principle Institute, and begins its continuing education programs with a 3-day German Auricular Medicine course taught by Dr. Beate Strittmatter, MD; practice sessions co-led by Dr. Peter Gross, MD; and a stepped program developed and introduced by CIAM founder Dr. Muriel Agnes, PhD, in 2004 — all of which became the foundation of today’s most comprehensive and highly-endorsed core curriculum based on the works of Dr. Paul Nogier, MD, and Dr. Frank Bahr, MD to be offered in English.


Eastern Currents, one of Canada’s top distributors of acupuncture and TCM supplies, invites CIAM founder Dr. Muriel Agnes, PhD, and Dr. Beate Strittmatter, MD, to teach several courses in Vancouver — supporting a growing interest in German Auricular Medicine and the institute that is helping lead understanding in the field.


CIAM is invited to present break-out sessions at the 8th International Symposium of Auriculotherapy held at Johns Hopkins University — a conference which Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, described as “Astonishing,” and Medical Acupuncture guest editor, Mylene Huynh, MD, MPH, noted, “Most importantly, the break-out sessions...practical guidance that could be put to use immediately.”[1]


Lead instructor Dave Maybee, RMT, is named director and CIAM secures an exclusive invitation to present the Auricular Medicine related trauma work of Dr. Frank Bahr, MD and Dr. Christiane Wesemann, MD, in English. The collaboration is kicked off by a CIAM premiere: presenting Dr. Bahr in Toronto for one of its most popular seminars.
CIAM is invited to present and/or consult in England, Ireland, India and the Netherlands.


CIAM director, Dave Maybee, is invited to present an opening address to the International Academic Forum on Standards for Auricular Diagnosis and Treatment in Foshan, China. 
CIAM opens its online Level 1 course on the IntegrateAuricular learning platform in the Fall of 2020.

CIAM presents Polyvagal-informed Neuro-auricular Modulation at the 2023 International Symposium on Auriculotherapy


CIAM continues to present live trainings, and develop its online courses through IntegrateAuricular, offering the only Auricular Medicine program in English endorsed by the German Academy for Acupuncture (Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur | DAA) and following the standards of the European Academy for Traditional Chinese Medicine (EATCM), to both of which CIAM is linked as part of an international network of independent cooperation schools.
[1] Huynh, T. Christerson, D. Sharp, S. Ten Clinical Applications from the 8th International Auriculotherapy Symposium for the Treatment of Wounded Warriors. Medical Acupuncture. 2015;27(4):242


The Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine has been involved with various publications

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Window to the Brain

Coined as a phrase for Auricular Medicine by Dr. Muriel Agnes, the experience of her decades of auricular instruction at CIAM led to the publication of this approachable overview of methods, tools and clinical applications. The book offers context and introduction to Auricular Medicine — and its application for insight into the neurological state of a patient.
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Soul Trauma

The translation of the core approaches from Dr. Bahr’s Soul Trauma work — using accumulations of negative Qi in the Governor Vessel as a guide to trauma — was published by IntegrateAuricular with professional review by Academic Director, Dave Maybee, RMT. The book is available in North America by directly contacting IntegrateAuricular.
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Comprehensive Curricula

For the practice of Auricular Medicine, CIAM has developed a world-renowned CORE curriculum published online in collaboration with IntegrateAuricular. Beyond this, CIAM has also collaborated with other instructors on its PLUS program — unique and specific trainings that go beyond the CORE — for the advanced auricular practitioner or specialists in other specific modalities.
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Ear Charts

CIAM has published numerous Ear Charts that, among other things, provide a quick reference to specific “Living Protocols.” These include:
Chart of Common Functional Points • Chart of Chronic Pain Points • Chart of Teeth and their Corresponding Auricular Points • Chart of Indicator Points for Trace Elements and Vitamins • Charts on Polyvagal-informed Auricular Medicine