Chinese medicine is based upon unique concepts of the body and the cosmos which differ from both modern, Western medicine and other forms of “natural” medicine. This class will show students how the core ideas of Han dynasty philosophy have formed the foundation of concepts of health and disease in Chinese medicine all the way up to the present day. We will then see how these key ideas are applied in the practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapy. Each class will include lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice.

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  • RMB 800 for 4 sessions, RMB 220 for single class; Pre-payment is required.
    Payment Methods:  Please click the link here for all six payment options. Since the day tours and classes involve relatively small amount of money, we recommend you to ask your Chinese friends or colleagues to help you transfer the money by WeChat Wallet or Ali Pay, the easiest and fastest ways to make payments in China.  

    Note: Prepayment shall be made at least one working day before 5pm Beijing time prior to the tour/class time (before Friday 5pm if the tour/class is on Sunday), so CCC staffs are able to check and confirm.  If you use international credit card wire the fee (which may take some time), please send us a photocopy of your receipt (a picture by your cellphone) to prove. 

    Cancellation policy: If you have to cancel after you made prepayment, please let us know (by phone call) 48 hours in advance. 50% of tour/event fee will be charged for cancellation if you do it within 48 hours, 100% of tour/event fee will be charged if you cancel within 24 hours’ notice.

  • Class 1

    We will discuss the concepts of Qi, yin-yang, five phases (elements), and the internal landscape of the body. The body is a microcosm that reflects patterns of change and continuity in the macrocosm of the universe. Martial arts, landscape painting, feng-shui and medicine in China are all based upon this insight. Understanding these central ideas helps us see how Chinese medicine is an essential component of Chinese culture. Students will also engage in a writing exercise and a guided meditation to further explore how and why Chinese physicians insist upon using bodily experience to directly grasp the reality of qi and its movement.

    Class 2

    The core of clinical Chinese medicine is an understanding of patterns of disharmony in the body and the modalities to re-harmonize or regulate those imbalances. We will discuss the internal organs and their functions, as well as the roles of qi, blood and fluids. The “gestalt” nature of organ patterns of health and disease will be explained though case examples. Students will have an opportunity to practice analyzing case studies and to complete a survey about their own health in order to better understand the nature of “diagnosis” in Chinese medicine.

    Class 3

    The acupuncture channel system has been used to diagnose and cure ailments for at least 2500 years, making it one of the oldest forms of healing on the planet, yet many questions regarding its efficacy and mechanism of action remain unanswered. Acupuncture channels are neither purely anatomical nor are they purely “energetic.” They make use of multiple structures in the body without being reducible to any one set of anatomical tissues. This class will explore the paradox of clinical evidence showing the positive results of acupuncture treatment and the lack of a “scientific” explanation for its effects. Students will also practice palpating the channels with their hands in order to understand how they reflect past and present injuries and disharmonies.

     Class 4

    Almost all cultures have used plants to heal ailments and improve health. Chinese herbal medicine is exceptional, however, for the continuity of its tradition and the scope of the medical literature on the use and preparation of herbal medicines. The recognized, mainstream canon of traditional texts alone contains more than 10,000 volumes, of which less than 5% have been translated into any European language. In this system, plant, animal and mineral substances are classified into categories based on their properties and physiological functions. This class will introduce the principles of Chinese herbal medicine and their main applications in decoction, patent, and external medicines. We will also sample teas made by steeping one to three herbs that can be used at home to maintain healthy digestion, sleep and moods.