1 – Chinese Medical Theory

Module 1 – Chinese Medical Theory

This is the foundation module of the entire course. Throughout this module students will learn about the history and development of Chinese medicine with a focus upon Acupuncture. The various types and styles of Acupuncture will be discussed with an emphasis upon TCM and ACM as well as the classical sources from which these teachings are derived. The core theories and philosophies of Chinese medicine will be discussed in detail and each of these will be explained within the context of practical application through treatment.

The basis for completion of this module is development of an understanding of the underlying theories of Chinese medicine including the nature of human consciousness according to the five spirit theory, the five elements and the application of Yin and Yang. Chinese medical principles dictate that the physician learn how to understand the core of any disease which is the underlying spirit which is involved in the patients state of imbalance. For this reason students will be taken sequentially through the various stages of studying the nature of psychological makeup, energetic imbalance and then finally manifested disease.

A working understanding of the human mind/body system is gained through this module through classical study of the models of Zang Fu, the officials and the five spirits. The underpinning Daoist philosophy behind the development of this model will be looked at along with the nature of human destiny and its importance to overall well-being.

Level 1

  • Human Creation (Process of Human Formation, Embryology)
  • Yin and Yang (Principles and Clinical Application)
  • Wu Xing (Principles and Clinical Application)
  • Wu Shen (Introduction and Movements of Fragmented Spirit)
  • Mai Explanation (What is a Meridian and Point?)
  • Vital Substances (Jing, Qi, Blood, Jinye)
  • The Ancient Body (Alchemical and Energetic Perspectives)
  • Zang Fu (Organs and Relationships)
  • Channel Theory (Acquired, Congenital, Sinew, Cutaneous, Divergent, Luo)
  • Time Based Practice (Day, Months, Seasons, Sun, Moon, Years)
  • Liu Xie Qi (Heat, Wind Cold, Wind Heat, Cold, Damp, Dryness)
  • Qi Heng Zhe Fu (Brain, Uterus, Gall Bladder, Vessels, Marrow, Bones)
  • Aetiology (Internal vs External)
  • Xian Tian Mai (Du, Ren, Chong, Dai, Qiao Mai, Wei Mai)

Level 2

  • Hou Tian Shen (Formation of Psyche, Personality and Imbalance)
  • Xing and Ming (Inherent Nature, Destiny, Fate and Life Path)
  • Syndrome Differentiation (Patterns of Imbalance)
  • Ba Gua (Eight Key Patterns)
  • Yi Jing (Divinatory Methods)
  • Feng Shui (Wind and Water Patterning)
  • Astrological (Heavenly Influence)
  • Secondary Mai (Congenital, Divergent and Luo)