Eastern Medicine 101
Before you learn to swim, you have to know how to float! This section gives you the basic underlying theory of eastern medicine, predominantly from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective.You need to understand these concepts before you go poking needles in someone, giving energetic medicine, or even doing something less invasive like cupping.
The Basics include: Foundations, TCM diagnostics, point location, point energetics and meridians/channels.
Acupuncture and Treatment
Once you have the basics down, feel free to move to the next level of this real-life video game! This is probably the fun stuff you’ve been waiting for!
Acupuncture and Treatment includes: Acupuncture techniques, advanced needling techniques and theory (from modern studies and ancient classics), treating disease with acupuncture, tuina (Chinese massage), energetic medicine, nutrition and dietary therapy.
Chinese herbology is different from western herbology. Chinese herbology emphasizes using herbs to treat the root and the branch. This means you don’t merely focus on symptomatic relief, but also treat the root of the problem that caused or encouraged the symptom, syndrome or disease in the first place. Modules in this section include the following:
- Basics of Chinese Herbs and Herbal Formulas
This gives you an overview of how Chinese herbal theory works, provides the basics of an herbal treatment, and shows you some of the most common herbs and formulas that are used by TCM practitioners.
- Herbal Formulas and Single Herbs
TCM schools routinely teach single herbs first then formulas. I compare this to trying to learn a language by memorizing a dictionary. This section will integrate the two so you can learn the language of herbs more fluently.
- Herbal Safety
Herbs are not just harmless little plants – herbs are medicine and should be treated with respect. Learn to create herbal formulas safely and do no harm!
- Treating Diseases Using Herbs
Once you learn about herbs and what they can do you can learn how to use them in a clinic setting treating real-world syndromes, diseases, and symptoms and well as the underlying cause of these things.
- Herbal Classical Studies
Chinese herbal medicine is thousands of years old. The principles we use in treatment are rooted in the classical works. These courses help you understand and integrate ancient effective methods into your modern practice.
- Using Patents in Practice
There are many Chinese patent formulas available in pills, powders, tincture, plasters and more. Learn how to use them in your practice effectively and safely.
- How Herbs and Drugs Interact
Patients don’t live in a bubble. They live in a Western society where pharmaceutical medications are pushed on the internet, television, radio, and in print. Many of your patients will take pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and prescription. Knowing how the herbs you prescribe will interact with these western medications is huge for your practice and your patients’ health.
Biomedicine is also called allopathic medicine, western medicine, and ‘traditional’ medicine. While many students of complimentary medicine tolerate studying it because they must, biomedicine can be a powerful ally to your practice as a Chinese or Eastern Asian medicine practitioner. Being knowledgeable and conversant in biomedicine will breed patient trust in your abilities, will allow you to speak with western medicine doctors and practitioners, and generally increases our status in the field of healthcare.
Biomedical studies include: A&P, biomedical terminology, microbiology, general and systemic pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical assessment and clinical skills, diagnostic methods, treatment of disease, and women’s health.
Practice, Business, and Ethics
This section covers case management, practice management and practice building, ethics and legal issues specific to acupuncture practitioners, and evidence based medicine .