TCM Clinical Medicine
The courses in TCM Theory, Acupuncture and Herbology teach you the basic principles of Chinese medicine pattern differentiation and treatment, including the study of common functions and indications of herbs, formulas and acupuncture points. However, this knowledge alone is not enough to fully diagnose and treat disease. The TCM Clinical Medicine curriculum expands on this knowledge, providing you with advanced skills in diagnosing and treating disease in the specialized fields of TCM internal medicine, external medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, traumatology, and orthopedics. Training includes detailed instruction of herbal and acupuncture treatment plans for both common and complex diseases. These courses lay the foundation for your clinical practice.

Joanna Zhao, L.Ac.

Department Chair
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
TCM Traumatology and OrthopedicsMCM 410348
TCM Internal Medicine I & IIMCM 510, MCM 730696
TCM GynecologyMCM 630348
TCM External MedicineMCM 810232
TCM PediatricsMCM 820 348

TCM Traumatology and Orthopedics

MCM 410
3 Units 48 Hours

This course covers the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases of the musculo-skeletal system in accordance with both TCM and Western medicine. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation of bone and soft tissue injuries related to common sports and industrial injuries. You will learn to treat patients with acupuncture and herbs, perform essential orthopedic tests to evaluate the outcome of treatments, recognize red flags in orthopedics, and make appropriate referrals. You will learn how to competently instruct patients in the proper rehabilitation and the prevention of sports and industrial injuries.

Prerequisite:
MAC 220/MAC 230, Meridians and Acupuncture Points I/Lab; MAC 320/MAC 330, Meridians and Acupuncture Points II/Lab

TCM Internal Medicine I & II

MCM 510, MCM 730
6 Units 96 Hours

This two-semester course sequence reviews the history of TCM internal medicine, the mechanisms of disease, the principles of making a diagnosis, and the common treatment methods associated with making a diagnosis. Etiology, pathogenesis, and signs and symptoms of common disease patterns of internal medicine will be reviewed. Students will learn to diagnose common internal medicine diseases from TCM and Western medicine perspectives, identify their patterns, and devise appropriate treatment plans using acupuncture and herbal formulations with appropriate modifications.

Prerequisite:
MHB 201, TCM Herbology I; MHB 301, TCM Herbology II; MHB 401, TCM Herbology III; MAC220/MAC 230, Meridians and Acupuncture Points I/Lab; MAC 320/MAC 330, Meridians and Acupuncture Points II/Lab

TCM Gynecology

MCM 630
3 Units 48 Hours

This course presents both Western and TCM knowledge of gynecology. Differential diagnosis of the most common gynecological concerns and disharmonies are covered in detail, including common menstrual disharmonies, such as irregularity, leukorrhea, PID, PMS, infertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Emphasis is placed on the common complaints of women and the TCM herbal and acupuncture treatments for these disharmonies. Contraindications during pregnancy are also covered. The course includes training in the use of Western diagnostic reports in relation to hormonal cycles.

Prerequisite:
Completion of one of the following: MHB 501, TCM Formulas I; MHB 601, TCM Formulas II

TCM External Medicine

MCM 810
2 Units 32 Hours

This course teaches students the treatment of common diseases in external medicine according to both TCM and Western disease categorizations. In studying each disease, students learn its etiology and pathogenesis, syndrome differentiation (patterns), treatment principles and corresponding treatment therapies, using both herbs and acupuncture.

Prerequisite:
Completion of one of the following: MHB 501, TCM Formulas I; MHB 601, TCM Formulas II

TCM Pediatrics

MCM 820
3 Units 48 Hours

This course emphasizes common complaints of children, and the TCM theories, herbal, acupuncture and pediatric tuina treatments that apply to the special circumstances of children. Child development, specific patent formulas for children, herbs for breast-feeding moms to pass onto the baby, respiratory ailments, enuresis, special children’s disharmonies such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and TCM health recommendations for children, will be reviewed in the course.

Prerequisite:
Completion of one of the following: MHB 501, TCM Formulas I; MHB 601, TCM Formulas II

Electives

The following electives expand on the core TCM Clinical Medicine curriculum, offering you advanced expertise in specialties of TCM clinical medicine. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Elective Courses]
Advanced TCM GynecologyMEL 600 232
TCM OncologyMEL 610232
Advanced TCM Trauma and OrthopedicsMEL 700232

Advanced TCM Gynecology

MEL 600
2 Units 32 Hours

This case-study based course examines the clinical applications of theories and treatment modalities introduced in TCM Gynecology, emphasizing the care of female patients during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. In this course, you will review the signs, symptoms, indications and contraindications for acupuncture and herbal treatment for pregnant women and new mothers. Current gynecological research provided by integrative medicine hospitals in China for conditions including: infertility, ovarian atrophy, endometriosis and amenorrhea, will be covered in detail.

Prerequisite:
MCM 630, TCM Gynecology

TCM Oncology

MEL 610
2 Units 32 Hours

The use of acupuncture to support patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy is well documented for its success. This course will introduce the theory and pathogenesis of cancer mechanisms from a TCM perspective. TCM treatment modalities for cancer as well as detoxification methods for chemo-radiation therapy are covered in detail. Case studies will also be presented.

Prerequisite:
Completion of 6th semester

Advanced TCM Trauma and Orthopedics

MEL 700
2 Units 32 Hours

This course covers the etiology, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis and treatment for traumatic injuries of the skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles from an integrative approach. You will learn how to review X-rays, perform specific orthopedic tests for common musculoskeletal injuries, and make proper referrals when necessary. Herbal formulas for poultices, plasters and compresses will be taught in addition to acupuncture treatment modalities.

Prerequisite:
MCM 410, TCM Traumatology and Orthopedics