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Online Continuing Education on Introduction to Chinese Medicine 

Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 3,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tuina massage, cupping, taichi and qigong exercises, moxibustion, feng shui, and dietary therapy.

In this course students will learn the basic principles of Yin & Yang, The Five Elements, Zang Fu System, disharmonies of Qi, Meridian System, Chinese approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Steps on how to complete this course

1. Read the course material below

2. Watch the attached video to enhance your knowledge

3. Click on the online exam (70% score is needed to pass and unlimited attempts are allowed) The exam is based on the course material and video presentation.

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Lecture Overview
  1. What is Oriental Medicine?
  2. Philosophies and Principles
  3. Efficacy, acceptance, cost effectiveness of Oriental Medicine
  4. Acceptance & future of Oriental Medicine in America

Oriental Philosophy of Health

What is Oriental Medicine? 
Oriental Medicine is also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Chinese Medicine.

Oriental Medicine is an old, natural, comprehensive system of healing with a continuous clinical history of over 3000 years.

This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world's population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West in recent 30 years.

Principles and Benefits
  • Prevention and treating before disease arises
  • Seeking the root cause of disease
  • Strengthening the body’s capacity to restore the balance between Yin and Yang
  • Treatment may include either one or a combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, dietary suggestions, and/or specific exercises or lifestyle recommendations
  • Chinese medicine is generally safe.

Why do We Choose Oriental Medicine?
  • Effective and proven system of health care

◼ 3000-4000 years

    • National Institute of Health
    • World Health Organization
    • More and more everyday
    • Safe & decreased side effect
    • Cost effective
    • Oriental medicine is in demand

A 1997 study showed that approximately 40% of the U.S. population used some form of alternative medicine;629 million visits to those providers annually.

What Is Qi?

Energy Material Force Matter




Vital Force Life Force 

Vital Power 

Moving Power 


Sources of Qi?
  • Yuan Qi ( Prenatal)
  • Postnatal (Qi in the world we live in)
  • Kong Qi (Air)(Processed in the Lungs)
  • Gu Qi (Food) (Processed in the Spleen)
  • Zhong Qi ( Mixture of Kong with Gu Qi)
  • Yuan Qi mixed with Zhong Qi
  • Zheng Qi formed and circulates
  • Wei Qi (Protective Qi)

Concepts of Yin & Yang


Wet (Rain) 

Moon (Darker) 

Front (Body) 

Weak (Power) 



Rest (Fatigue)

Slow (Stagnation) 

Flaccid (Muscle) 

Chronic (Persistent) 

Drinks (Cold)


Dry (Fall)

Sun (summer) 

Back (Body) 

Strong (Power) Heat

Bright (red) 

Activity (fast) 

Energy (Anxiety) 

Tension (Muscle) 

Acute (Pain)

Fever (Heat & Red) 

Drinks (Warm)

Basic Principles of Yin & Yang
  • Too much or too little Yin or Yang
  • Foods classified as Yin or Yang
  • Yin & Yang Weather
  • Yin & Yang Emotion
  • Yin & Yang Appearances
  • Yin & Yang Activities
  • Fibromyalgia (Yin)
  • Stroke (Yang)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (Yin)
  • Anger (Yang)

Chinese Medicine Approaches to Assessment!
Assessment Involves:
  • Listening
  • Observation
  • Palpation
  • Pulse Diagnosis
  • Tongue Assessment
  • Yin & Yang Balance
  • Five Element Principles
  • Acupoints can be used
  • Additional therapies
  • Herbal formula

Modalities Utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine
    • Acupuncture
    • Acupressure
    • Medicinal Herbology
    • Tui Na (Oriental Bodywork)
    • Cupping Therapy
    • Moxabustion
    • Tai Chi/Qi Gong
    • Chinese Food Therapy
    • Lifestyle Management

Causes of Disharmony

  • Internal Causes(Emotions)
  • Anger(Liver),
  • Joy(Heart),
  • Sadness(Lungs), 
  • Pensiveness( Spleen),
  • Fear(Kidney)
  • External Causes
  • Wind, 
  • Cold, 
  • Damp, 
  • Heat, 
  • Dryness
  • Miscellaneous Causes (Lifestyle Factors)
  • Work, 
  • Exercise, 
  • Diet, 
  • Sexual Activity, 
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Lifestyle Management

What is Acupuncture?
  • Acupuncture is one branch or a part of Oriental Medicine
  • Acupuncturists use needle to stimulate the meridians and points to prevent and treat disease in order to regulate and unblock the person’s energy channels. They always combine with other therapies.
  • The needles stimulate the nervous system to release endorphins or other naturally occurring chemicals and hormones that affect mood, health, relieve pain.
  • Only in the last three decades Acupuncture has become popular in the United States.
  • In 1993, the FDA estimated that Americans made up to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent upwards of half a billion dollars on acupuncture treatments.

Concepts of Acupuncture
  • Qi maintains balance in the body
  • 14 major meridians
  • 360 regular acupoints
  • 40 commonly used extra points
  • Acupoints influence the body’s physiology by balancing the energy flow

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the various meridians and points in the body which are pathways for “Qi” to flow. Modern science demonstrates:

  • Acupuncture alters body chemicals, including stimulation of endorphins.
  • Acupuncture sensation effect nerves and cause beneficial reflex response.
  • Acupuncture affects the bodies natural electro-magnetic fields.
  • Acupuncture harmonizes the balance of whole body, Yin/Yang; Qi/Blood; Zang/Fu

How does Acupuncture Work?
  • Acupuncture has capacity to harmonize and enhance our capacity for enjoyment, fulfillment and happiness
  • Acupuncture restores and maintains the normal function of meridians.
  • Acupuncture regulates the function of immunity system.
  • Acupuncture calms mind and Spirit.

What is Acupressure?
  • Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities.

How does Acupressure Work?
  • Acupressure & Acupuncture use the same pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure.

Auricular Therapy?
  • There are over 200 acupoints on the ear, each point named after an area of our anatomy. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain. Each acupuncture point being treated, triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain, to the specific part of the body being treated.

Benefits of Auricular Therapy?
  • Effects of auricular acupressure on weight reduction and abdominal obesity in Asian young adults: a randomized controlled trial.
  • Auricular therapy for the treatment of addiction. Many drug court programs use auricular therapy along with their traditional treatments
  • Auricular therapy for many other health issues

PMID: 21598412 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] US National Library of Medicine of National Institutes of Health

Electro Acupressure?
  • Acupoints can be stimulated by an external device that applies low frequency stimulation based on the principles of acupuncture, but without the needles.
  • Acupoint therapy has shown that stimulating an Acupressure point causes an increase in the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems.
  • Electro Acupressure can help with the elimination of addictions by working with the nervous and the endocrine systems
  • Electro Acupressure can help with reduction of wrinkles by increasing facial muscle tone

What is Chinese Herbology
  • They are natural materials. Most of them are products of plants, food, and minerals.
  • 400 commonly used herbs
  • Each herb has specific properties and functions

What is Chinese Massage or (TUI NA)

  • Chinese therapeutic massage
  • Manipulating and influencing the acupoints and meridians to restore and maintain health

Chinese Cupping Therapy
  • Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups placed on the skin
  • Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians
  • Cupping is one of the best deep tissue therapies available
  • Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed
  • Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.

Tai Chi & Chi Gong
  • Anti-Aging Benefits
  • (Longevity Exercises)
  • Therapeutic balancing of the meridians and functions of the body
  • Clinical studies of effects of qigong on hypertensive patients during the research at the Shanghai Institute of Hypertension
  • 30 minutes twice a day for 30-year follow-up
  • qigong exercise decreased by about 50 percent the incidence of total mortality, mortality due to stroke,
  • Improvements in heart function and mircrocirculation
  • Improvement in sex hormone levels

Health Benefits of Chinese Medicine

  • Primary health care system in China for over 3000 years
  • NIH (National Institute of Health) stated in 1997 report acupuncture is effective in the treatment of:
  • Nausea
  • Addictions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Stroke Rehab
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Headache
  • Tennis Elbow


1998 NCCAM was established at NIH

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institute of Health (NIH)

Has conducted many studies on the health benefits of Chinese Medicine

A comprehensive review of health benefits of qigong and tai chi.

  • Research examining psychological and physiological benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi
  • Observation was given to bone density, cardiopulmonary effects , physical function, psychological symptoms, and immune function.


Research has demonstrated consistent, significant results for a number of health benefits, evidencing progress toward recognizing the similarity and equivalence of Qigong and Tai Chi

PMID: 20594090 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] PMCID: PMC3085832