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.

  • CCC does not offer regular set packages for this class. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check non-negotiable fixed prices and propose a date for your own group. Please note that we do not create a private class or workshop and then make it available for individual people to join. We also do not contact other people to add to a group tour. Similarly, we can create custom-made private activities or events for you and your family or friends or co-workers at set-prices.
  • Private custom-made 4-session course Prices

    RMB 6,000 for1-4 participants ( 4 sessions, 2 hours per session) 
    This class requires a minimum of 4 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof) .
    The price includes TCM practitioner expert, interpreter, venue and all materials.

    Flexible scheduling:
    in total there will be 8 hours of class, and you may schedule them as it fits your schedule according to the availability of the teachers.

    Please note:
    1.  We must check the date: 
       The CCC’s masters, artists, and teachers are all experts in their field and unique in their circles.  Their schedules are tight, so they may not be available at the time frame you would like to book.    We will have to check with them first before we can confirm the time with you.
    2.  Prepayment is necessary: 
       Once the artists/experts are confirmed, prepayment is required so we can book his/her time.
    3.  Corporate Clients
           All prices listed are for private individuals.  Corporate clients will be separately quoted. 

    4.   Venue:

    • The class/workshop will be conducted in English/with English interpretation at the China Culture Center unless a different location is requested.  
    • There will be an extra charge for offsite venues, because extra time will be needed to transport the materials and prepare the venue for most classes/workshops (except taichi or talks). 
    • The CCC’s center can accommodate maximum 10-20 people for a class/workshop. 
    • Special venues of different size and ambiance can be arranged for corporate clients.with extra charges.