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Syllabus for Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine
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4 Week Course 8 hours

1. Basic Chinese Medical Theory: Yin/Yang, 8 principles, 6 Excesses (pathogens)
2. The Functional Organ Systems of Chinese Medicine
The heart, lung, liver, spleen, kidney, sm. intestine, lg. intestine, gallbladder, stomach, and urinary bladder (plus 2 others) of Chinese medicine is a group of 5 pairs of organs. We will cover each organ and its primary functions and common pathologies.

3. Basics of Diagnosis
Seeing the patterns of symptoms to help understand the best medicine to apply is the key to Chinese herbal medicine. Tongue and pulse diagnosis will be covered as well as using the information from the first two classes to help us see the patterns.

4. Understanding Herbs from the Chinese Perspective
We will cover the energetics of Chinese herbs using examples of individual herbs. This will be an opportunity for students to see and taste some Chinese herbs and gain a basic understanding of what they are and how they work.

About the teacher:

Thomas Avery Garran has been studying herbal medicine since 1989. His original training was in Western herbalism and later in Chinese medicine. He is a graduate of the American School of Herbalism and holds a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Thomas is the former Chair of the Department of Herbal Medicine at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu, HI, and on the advisory board for the John Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Thomas has been living in Beijing, China for the last 4 years where he has been practicing and worked with several teachers. Thomas has primarily focused on internal medicine including the treatment of gynecology, as well as digestive, liver, and lung illnesses.

Thomas' philosophy of healing is based on compassionate empathy, conscious awareness, and that each person is unique; requiring their program to health to be uniquely designed. Thomas believes that diet and lifestyle are major factors in building and maintaining health, and that these combined with Chinese medicine are powerful tools for healing

Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.

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