Traditional Chinese Medicine

This comprehensive series of Chinese Medicine, Treatment and Needling Technique and Taoist Medicine presents a study of the theoretical and practical applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Classes focus on diagnosis, differentiation of symptoms, Western disease equivalents, the diagnostics and treatment of over 100 conditions, and the development and usage of healing chi. After completion of this series of courses, students will have learned all the theoretical concepts and practical applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


This class provides students with a study of the history, theories, principles and terminology of Chinese medicine.


This course is designed to train students in the following:
  • History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Traditions in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, their relation to Chinese medical history
  • History of the development of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States, and the development of current professional trends
  • Discussion of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine outside the United States and China
  • A Comprehensive Understanding of the following Fundamental Theories and Concepts
  • Chi: Tonification and Sedation, Creation of Balance and Harmony
  • Tao and Yin–Yang Theory, Five Phase Theory, Triple Warmer Theory, Eight Parameters/Ba Gua
  • Organ Theory, Viscera And Bowels, Twelve Officials
  • Channel Theory of the Meridians / Internal-External Causes of Disease: Six External Evils / Seven Emotions / Non-Internal or External Reasons
  • Oriental Medicine Pathology, Meaning of Disease, Symptoms, Signs
  • Fundamental Body Substances (Spirit, Chi, Blood, Fluid, Etc.)
  • Stages of Disease Progression, including the Six-Stage and Four-Aspect Disease Progressions
  • The Natural Progression of Untreated Disease

Through this course students will acquire professional competency in:
Formulation and Classification of Diagnosis According to TCM Theories of Physiology and Pathology
  • Tao and Yin-Yang theory, Five-phase theory, Triple Warmer theory
  • Channel theory
  • Organ theory
  • Causes of Disease
  • Stages of disease progression, including the Six-Stage and Four-Aspect disease progressions
  • Natural progression of untreated disease
  • Collection of Data and Formulating a Diagnosis
  • Observation - Noting the Spirit, Color, Body Structure, Tongue, Symptom Site, and Patient’s Complexion
  • Olfactory Examination - Odor of the Patient's Body and Patient's Secretions, Discharges and Breath
  • Audio Examination - Sound of the Patient's Voice, Abdominal Sounds, Respiration, Cough Quality
  • Palpation - Noting the Temperature, Moisture, Texture, Sensitivity, Tissue Structure, Rhythms and Qualities of the Abdomen, Chest, Ear, Channels and Points, and the Radial and Regional Pulses
  • Inquiry - Asking General Questions, Questions About Medical History, Chief and Secondary Complaints, Sleep Patterns, Excretions, Thirst and Appetite, Digestion, Nutritional Levels and Patterns, Medications, Chills and/or Fever, Perspiration, Pain, Emotional State, Life Style, Exercise, Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs, Reproductive Cycles and Menstruation, Leucorrhoea, Sensations of Heat, Cold, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Palpitations and Chest Constriction
  • Physical Examination Adjuncts - Such as Akabane and Electrical Conductivity Detection


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