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Traditional Chinese Medicine

OM100
Medical History & TCM Literature 

This course introduces students to the history and development of Eastern and Western Medicine with reference to Traditional Chinese Literary classics. Students will discuss early theories and philosophies from ancient Oriental medical texts and will compare the basic factors that contributed to advancements in both Eastern and Western Medicine. In addition, students will examine how cultural factors and changes in ruling bodies formed and altered “Traditional” Chinese Medicine.

OM111,OM112
TCM Foundations and Theories

This is a two-part series course covering the basic principles and theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These courses serve as the theoretical foundation for the various departments of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Theory I: Relations of Yin-Yang; Five elements; Eight Principles; the formation and function of Qi, Blood, Body Fluids and Essence; the anatomy and physiological functions of the viscera and bowels(Zang Fu Organs) with reference to the Nei Jing and other classics and the nature of the human being.
Theory II: The traditional pathological concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students learn how the six external pathogens, the seven emotions and miscellaneous factors can lead to disharmony in the body and result in pathology. Students also come to understand the effects of over-tonifying or sedating a patient, Yin/Yang imbalance, and the dysfunctions of Qi, Blood, and Body Fluids. This course also introduces basic principles of disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment.


OM201,OM202,OM203
TCM Diagnosis

This is a three part series course which survey the OM Diagnosis through detailing the methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

TCM Diagnosis I: Four Examination methods: Observation, Auscultation (Listening), Inquiry and Palpation. As a hands-on class, Diagnosis students learn to observe the tongue body and coating and to palpate the radial pulse in order to form a more thorough diagnosis. Students also practice patient interviews, learning to collect pertinent diagnostic information from the patient.
TCM Diagnosis II: explores different theories of disease differentiation. As such, students learn the concepts and theory behind Eight Principles diagnosis. This course additionally covers Qi, Blood and Body Fluids diagnosis. In preparation for upcoming courses, students will briefly be introduced to Wen Bing (4 levels), Shang Han (6 channels), and San Jiao diagnostics, as well as Earth School theories. Internal Organs (Zang Fu) pattern differentiation and correlation between Western diagnosis and TCM syndromes are provided. Treatment plans involving acupuncture and herbs are also discussed
TCM Diagnosis III: This is a composite diagnosis course designed to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to draw correlation between western diagnosis and TCM syndromes. At the end of this class, students will be able to describe each organ’s associated patterns and will know the key signs and symptoms of each pattern to allow for rapid differentiation in diagnosis. Students will understand the similarities and differences between patterns affecting the Zang and the Fu organs and will be able to combine Eight Principle Differentiation with Zang-Fu Differentiation. Treatment methods are introduced through the integration of TCM diagnostic philosophies including Channel & Collateral Theory, Conformations according to the Three Warmers, and Progression of Infections Fever Diseases and Six Channel Differentiation.

OM301,OM302,OM303,OM304
TCM Internal Medicine

This is a 4-part series covering the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of illness in TCM. By learning the signs and symptoms, treatment principles, and herbal and acupuncture prescriptions of various disorders, students reinforce their understanding of basic diagnostic and treatment theories.

Part I of the series focuses on common respiratory illnesses, and additionally covers some cardiovascular disorders, hemorrhagic syndromes, and night sweating.
Part II focuses on diseases of the Spleen, Stomach, Liver, and Gallbladder.
Part III focuses upon diseases of the Kidney, lower burner & fluid metabolism.
Part IV focuses on systemic, miscellaneous, multi-system & channel disorders.

OM410
TCM Dermatology

This course introduces students to the history and development of Eastern and Western Medicine with reference to Traditional Chinese Literary classics. Students will discuss early theories and philosophies from ancient Oriental medical texts and will compare the basic factors that contributed to advancements in both Eastern and Western Medicine. In addition, students will examine how cultural factors and changes in ruling bodies formed and altered “Traditional” Chinese Medicine.

OM420
TCM Gynecology

This course examines the anatomy, physiology, and pathologies of gynecological diseases and their diagnoses and treatments according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Students will learn to apply TCM diagnostic skills in differentiating and diagnosing symptoms of the female reproductive cycle and construct treatment plans appropriate to the presenting pattern of symptoms. Finally, students will learn classical applications and modern clinical modifications of acupuncture and herbal treatments for gynecological disorders.

OM430
Yellow Emperor’s Classics 

This course is designed as an introduction to eastern philosophy and discussion of its impact upon Chinese Medical Theory. Topics covered include Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Students will learn the history of the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing) and will discuss its tenets in class. In addition, students will explore the impact of the Yellow Emperor on medical concepts, treatment principles, and applications to clinical practice.