This course is designed to train students in the following:
History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
* TCM Intensive
Traditions in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, their relation to Chinese medical history
* History of the development of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States, and the development of current professional trends.
* Discussion of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine outside the United States and China
A Comprehensive Understanding of the following Fundamental Theories and Concepts
* Chi: Tonification and Sedation, Creation of Balance and Harmony
* Tao and Yin-Yang Theory, Five Phase Theory, Triple Warmer Theory, Eight Parameters/Ba Gua
* Organ Theory; Viscera And Bowels, Twelve Officials
* Channel Theory of the Meridians
* Internal-External Causes of Disease: Six External Evils / Seven Emotions / Non-Internal or External Reasons
* Oriental Medicine Pathology, Meaning of Disease, Symptoms, Signs
* Fundamental Body Substances (Spirit, Chi, Blood, Fluid, Etc.)
* Stages of Disease Progression, including the Six -Stage and Four -Aspect Disease Progressions
* The Natural Progression of Untreated Disease
Acupuncture, Point Location, and Channel Theory
* Location Systems: Anatomically, Proportionally, by Palpation, the Anatomical Chinese Inch
* All Points of the Twelve Bilateral Channels and the Conception and Governing Vessels
* Forbidden Points, Contraindications of Points
* Classification, Functions and Indications of Acupuncture Points, Extra Acupuncture Points
* Other Categories and Types of Acupuncture Points (E.G. Auricular, Scalp Points, Hand Points)
* Special Groupings of Acupuncture Points (E.G. Transport Points, Tender Points, Local And Distal Points, Associated Effect and Alarm Points, Windows of the Sky, Internal and External Dragons, Seas and Oceans, Thirteen Ghost Points), and other Recognized Point Combinations.
* Traditions of Acupuncture; Respect for Different Traditions of Evaluating and Diagnosing and Influencing and Correcting the Balance of Chi.