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A Note From Ann...

For two decades, it has been my mission to help return the practice of acupuncture to its immensely powerful roots. I teach and demonstrate material ranging from basic (but often overlooked) core principles to very complex (but completely understandable) treatment formulations.

The compact, global learning community we have formed across five continents is experiencing a renewed, extremely powerful practice.  The work we do is helping to bring acupuncture back to its rightful and original status: a stand-alone, dazzlingly powerful, heart-centered practice that knows no bounds, bringing healing to countless people.

Welcome to this community. If you’re frustrated or just ready to go deeper with acupuncture, if you just know in your heart that there must be so much more to it; if you just know that it must have been a bigger practice than the way it is often practiced now, I think you’ll be happy here and we’d be honored to have you with us as we explore this utterly marvelous arena. The purpose of this site is to connect the ever-growing community, to learn deeply, to love acupuncture, and to offer the benefits widely.

with open arms,


About Ann Cecil-Sterman

Ann Cecil-Sterman runs a wellknown, bi-weekly chat session where practitioners present their most difficult cases and discuss issues that arise in the practice of acupuncture, and the philosophy and application of Chinese Medicine. She is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Advanced Acupuncture: A Clinic Manual, a required text in many acupuncture schools in the United States. The book is considered a landmark text, known for being the first and only text with complete protocols for the practice of the Complement Channels: the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Channels, derived from her deep study and clinical practice.

Her second and third books, The Art of Pulse Diagnosis, and Tongue Diagnosis, also acclaimed, are in use in five continents. Since her first book’s publication, Ann has travelled often, to Spain, Australia, Belgium, Italy, England, Canada, Mexico and all over the United States teaching the application and methodology of the Complement Channels, pulse diagnosis, and the use of food as medicine.
For many years she taught Advanced Clinical Observation and was a senior clinic supervisor at her alma mater: the school of acupuncture that was founded by Dr Jeffrey Yuen in 1997 in Manhattan. Throughout the 3000 hour course she received direct transmissions from Dr Yuen in all the channels of acupuncture, pulse diagnosis, Chinese philosophy and clinical skills. She is one of fewer than 200 people who graduated from Dr Yuen’s school in the 13 years it was open.

After graduation, Ann embarked on twelve more years of direct study, traveling to almost every city Dr Yuen was teaching, often with her children in tow. The subjects included acupuncture, food as medicine, Chinese medical history, herbal medicine, qigong, essential oils, stone as medicine, and philosophy. Currently, she divides her time between teaching both internationally and domestically, and her patients who come from all over the world, working through chronic degenerative illnesses or on personal cultivation. Ann also paints, capturing concepts of Chinese Medicine on canvas, and sometimes tours as a flutist with Philip Glass. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the food writer and musician, Andrew Sterman, and their two teenage children.

About Cody Dodo

Cody studied Chinese Medicine with Dr Jeffery Yuen at the Swedish Institute in New York. In his years of school and additional post-graduate studies with Dr Yuen, Cody studied the complete channel system, Chinese Medical Dietary Therapy and Advanced Acupuncture. Additional studies with Dr Yuen included Psychology of Illness, History of Chinese Medicine, and the Medical Classics: Su Wen, Ling Shu, and the Nan Jing. 
Along with a deep understanding of physiology and pathology, Cody gained an understanding of the spiritual backbone of our Medicine. The philosophical ideas transmitted by Dr Yuen are woven into every aspect of healing from diagnosis to treatment. Cody believes that understanding the philosophy can explain the medicine, and knowing the medicine can grant insights and cause spiritual breakthroughs for the healer as well as the patient. 
Cody’s past experience as a graphic designer has lead him to develop a close working relationship and friendship with Ann Cecil-Sterman whose books he designed and art-directed. 
Cody is committed to the transmission of the oral tradition he was entrusted with. He has been teaching it internationally in Denmark, Israel, Belgium, and Poland.

About Andrew Sterman

Andrew Sterman is author of Welcoming Food: Diet as Medicine for Home Cooks and Other Healers (Classical Wellness Press, New York).  Based in New York City, Andrew works with clients in the disciplines of dietary therapy, medical qigong and meditation, and writes a popular column for the Golden Flower Chinese Herbs newsletter.  Andrew first entered Chinese medicine through qigong and taiji in 1988.  He began studying the healing potential of food at the same time by enrolling at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School.  Seeking to deepen his understanding of food energetics, Andrew began formal study of Chinese herbal medicine, diagnostics, medical theory, and dietary therapy with Master Jeffrey Yuen in 2001.  Andrew’s parallel career as a professional musician enables him to travel extensively and learn from chefs of many cultures, further inspiring him to discover unique ways to incorporate food and healing into daily cooking routines.  At home, Andrew cooks for his wife, author and acupuncturist Ann Cecil-Sterman, and their two children.

About Mark

Mark grew up in Melbourne, Australia (coincidently just streets away from Ann’s childhood home!) and moved to New York City in 2010 to further his career as a musician. An accomplished woodwind player, he continues to maintain a healthy performance career in NYC, and tours extensively with musical group, The Queen’s Cartoonists, in which he is a founding member. 

Though not an acupuncturist himself, Mark has worked as an administrative assistant for Ann for several years. The 2019 inception of saw Mark take on a greater operational role, now responsible for building and maintaining the site, global book distribution, administration for live and online courses, video and content creation, as well as being the friendly contact person for inquiries. 

Mark lives with his wife and son in Westchester, New York and works remotely, allowing him to continue his work in conjunction with his busy touring schedule. You can say hi to him via the contact form. 

About Ravi

A patient of Dr Yuen from the age of three days, Ravi began spending extended periods of time with Dr Yuen at the age of three weeks when he accompanied his mother to over 30 weekend classes in his first two years. Dr Yuen warmly welcomed Ravi to the teachings, saying that he would absorb the feeling of the medicine, and indeed he did. (Ravi also holds a certificate in the use of stones as medicine from a later year-length course with Dr Yuen.) A natural healing adept, Ravi sees clients by video; activating, clearing or building the acupuncture channel in which he finds blockages or deficiencies. During the covid period, patients of his parents among others have taken the opportunity to work with him, sending him a photo of their tongue and a paragraph to assist in making diagnoses 
that are fine-tuned by his parents.

Student and Customer Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it. Countless other practitioners have valued our information so much it changed their entire career. Take a look at a few of the reviews from our amazing community. 

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Yvette Koch - Providence, RI

"I will take any class with Ann that I can take. Being in her classes and around the community being formed opens me up as a person and clarifies who I am as a healer.”

Kristen Lum - Granada Hills, CA

"I just want to say that I have found Ann’s classes to be truly transformative. I am honored to be able to learn from her. Her classes are amazing."

Kaleb Kilkenny, New York, NY

"These classes have reignited the faith i had in this medicine when i set out on this path, but was squashed and dampened in acupuncture school. i am so grateful for this. ”

Jill Chiorazzo, Garfield, NJ

"Her pulse class changed my life! I went from not knowing anything about pulses and never taking them to knowing more than most of my colleagues I work with in one weekend class. It was so amazing and she gave us the information in such a way that it really was easy to understand and utilise.”

Monica Martin, Barcelona, Spain

"All I can say is that she's a remarkable teacher with a very well organized mind and a great ability to fill her students with confidence and enthusiasm with Classical Chinese Medicine. ”