TCM Theory

Jeffrey Pang, L.Ac.

Department Chair
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
TCM FoundationsMCT 100464
TCM History & PhilosophyMCT 110116
Chinese Language for TCMMCT 130116
TCM Diagnosis/LabMCT 200/201580
Classics: Nei JingMCT 301232
TCM Case Studies IMCT 401 232
TCM Case Studies IIMCT 801232

TCM Foundations

MCT 100
4 Units 64 Hours

This course introduces the classical principles of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements, which were universal laws in ancient China. TCM theory applies these broad principles to the realm of human physiology and pathology in a complex and powerful system for understanding the intricate balance of health. The major TCM theories systematically covered include: Qi, Blood, Body Fluids, Shen, Essence, Zang Fu Organs, Six Pernicious Influences, Four Levels, Six Stages and Eight Parameters. Etiology, pathogenesis, and TCM treatment principles of disease and disease prevention will be covered in detail. This course is the foundation for all other TCM coursework.

Prerequisite:
None

TCM History & Philosophy

MCT 110
1 Units 16 Hours

This course presents a brief historical overview of the origin, development and changes in regard to Chinese medicine theories and practices. Students will gain an understanding, without being medically or clinically specific, of the larger and broader spectrum of TCM from antiquity to present.

Prerequisite:
None

Chinese Language for TCM

MCT 130
1 Units 16 Hours

This course is a general introduction to the spoken and written modern Chinese language (Putonghua or Mandarin). Emphasis will be placed on pronunciation (tones and Pinyin system), essential TCM-related vocabulary and basic syntactical structures.

Prerequisite:
None

TCM Diagnosis/Lab

MCT 200/201
5 Units 80 Hours

This course begins with thorough instruction in the four diagnostic methods: inspection, inquiring, auscultation/olfaction and palpation. The four diagnostic methods are the backbone of TCM diagnosis and are used to collect and organize patient’s signs and symptoms. Among them, complexion, pulse, and tongue diagnosis are unique methods in TCM. The course continues with in-depth instruction on methods of Pattern Identification, one of the most important characteristics of TCM. Students learn how to differentiate the patient’s patterns of disharmony by analyzing the information acquired from four diagnostic methods. The lab focuses on assisting students in acquiring skill, accuracy and confidence in performing a patient history and physical exam using TCM assessment methods.

Prerequisite:
MCT 100, TCM Foundations

Classics: Nei Jing

MCT 301
2 Units 32 Hours

This is the first course in a series of three that reviews important classical literature on Chinese medicine. In this course, the essential concepts of the Nei Jing (The Cannon of Internal Medicine) will be presented. Nei Jing is attributed to the legendary Huang Di (Yellow Emperor) and serves as the original source for TCM diagnosis and acupuncture theory, covering the theories of Yin/Yang, Five Elements, Zang organs and their manifestations, and the theory of channels and their networks. In addition, the theories of pathogens and pathomechanisms, clinical diseases and symptoms, diagnostic methods, therapeutic principles and methods, and the theory of health preservation will be reviewed. Course material is taken from translations of the original articles. The teacher and student work together to understand the true meaning of this ancient Chinese medical text.

Prerequisite:
MCT 100, TCM Foundations; MCT 200/MCT 201, TCM Diagnosis/Lab

TCM Case Studies I

MCT 401
2 Units 32 Hours

TCM Case Studies I is designed to assist with the transition from academic knowledge to its application in clinical practice, reinforcing the basics of case analysis by teaching students how to systematically analyze case reports using fundamental TCM theory and diagnosis. Students learn how to analyze a chief complaint by looking at accompanying signs and symptoms and results from four examinations. Students gain increased skill in differentiating among similar patterns of disease. The focus of this course is on developing diagnostic ability, from which treatment plans are established. The case reports are selected from the clinic or established TCM texts for presentation and class discussion. Students will learn the proper format for written and oral case presentations.

Prerequisite:
MCT 100, TCM Foundations; MCT 200/MCT 201, TCM Diagnosis/Lab

TCM Case Studies II

MCT 801
2 Units 32 Hours

In this course, students gain advanced skill in TCM pattern discrimination, using TCM theory, diagnoses and detailed treatment planning, including acupuncture and herbal treatment prescriptions. Western diagnostic tests are included in case analysis. The emphasis of the course is on critical thinking and diagnostic ability of complex cases; ensuring students reach a correct diagnosis, and understand the supporting logic behind the diagnosis, including the ability to distinguish among similar TCM patterns of disharmony. This is a comprehensive course which utilizes the knowledge and skills attained throughout the four year curriculum and prepares students for advanced clinical practice, and the CALE and NCCAOM examinations. Similar to Case Studies I, the course utilizes case studies from the clinic and from standard TCM textbooks. Students will be required to present a case to the class for discussion and evaluation.

Prerequisite:
MCT 401, TCM Case Studies I; MHB 501, TCM Formulas I; MHB 601, TCM Formulas II

Electives

Five Element electives may be taken in the Department of TCM Theory while also completing the requirements for the Five Element certificate program. For detailed information about the Five Element certificate please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Elective Courses]
Five Element Theory IMEL 315232
Five Element Theory IIMEL 420232
Five Element Spirit of the Points I-IIIMEL 431-433232
Five Element Deepening Into the OfficialsMEL 440232
Five Element Point LocationMEL 445116
Five Element Archetypal AcupunctureMEL 450232
Advanced Nei JingMEL 502232

Five Element Theory I

MEL 315
2 Units 32 Hours

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the Five Elements. You will explore a map of energy, particularly well suited for treating emotional and spiritual levels, and will begin to develop the skill to read energetic imbalances through color, sound, odor, and emotion. The concepts in this course expand the range of conditions successfully treated by TCM practitioners.

Prerequisite:
MCT 200, TCM Diagnostics; MAC 220/MAC 230, Meridians and Acupuncture Points I/ Lab

Five Element Theory II

MEL 420
2 Units 32 Hours

This course builds on the materials presented in Five Element Theory I, providing an opportunity to delve deeper into the elements and their Officials. You will gain a profound understanding of Five Element energetics and how to utilize this knowledge in the treatment room. Case studies will be presented throughout the course to enrich your understanding of this system of acupuncture.

Prerequisite:
MEL 315, Five Element Theory I

Five Element Spirit of the Points I-III

MEL 431-433
2 Units 32 Hours

Acupuncture points each have a name, a history, and a particular meaning and energy. This course examines the name of the point, its location and its relationship to the elements and to the corresponding Official. This course is divided into three sections and includes discussion, meditation, art and poetry. Section I, MEL 431: Addresses the points of Wood and Fire Meridians Section II, MEL 432: Addresses the points of Earth, Metal and Water Meridians Section III, MEL 433: Addresses the points of the Window of Sky, Governor and Conception Vessels.

Prerequisite:
MEL 315, Five Element Theory I

Five Element Deepening Into the Officials

MEL 440
2 Units 32 Hours

This course presents the energetics of each of the Officials from the Five Element perspective. You will learn the many ways the Officials present themselves when out of balance, and how these imbalances are expressed in patients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. The methodology of choosing points to address the Official most in need of support will be discussed. You will learn how an imbalance of the Officials within yourself, and as a practitioner, affects your understanding and treatment of patients.

Prerequisite:
MEL 420, Five Element Theory II

Five Element Point Location

MEL 445
1 Units 16 Hours

This course deepens your understanding of the Five Element treatment strategies learned in Theory I and II. You will learn to improve Five Element point location accuracy, and further develop your knowledge of Five Element point functions and indications.

Prerequisite:
MEL 415, Five Element Theory I

Five Element Archetypal Acupuncture

MEL 450
2 Units 32 Hours

This course explores the similarities that exist between modern Jungian psychology and Chinese medicine and how Jungian psychology archetypes are viewed within the Five Element model. You will learn to recognize archetypal emotional imbalance patterns in your patients and influence these energies through acupuncture points. The emphasis of the course will be on personal growth, with rituals, slides, Qigong exercises, stories, and spiritual poetry used to create a “sacred space” for this exploration.

Prerequisite:
MEL 420, Five Element Theory II

Advanced Nei Jing

MEL 502
2 Units 32 Hours

This course covers the original text and commentary for Huang Di Nei Jing, providing clarification of the theories of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, and their application to diagnosis. Acupuncture treatment protocols according to Huang Di Nei Jing’s theory will be discussed, as well as the exploration of the Five Yun and Six Qi.

Prerequisite:
MCT 301, Classics: Nei Jing