Observe Courses on Traditional Chinese Medicine (free)

We invite prospective students interested in studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University to join this opportunity to visit our campus and observe classes in session. You will be able to observe classes* in the Foundational Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine and courses in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. You will meet current students and faculty, and experience what it’s like to be a contemporary student of a medicine with over 3,000 years of documented practice. Please call or email us to schedule a convenient time to sit in and observe our classes. ( *Opportunity is limited. Your request will be placed as the priority but not guaranteed.)

Demo Course

TCM & Acupuncture Channel Theory

Instructor Chase Waters, LAc, DAOM Fellow, MTCM, introduces what prospective students can expect to learn from the acupuncture and channel theory courses taught at FIve Branches University. Topics to be introduced include the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of acupuncture channels, and the unique functions, indications and clinical applications of more than 400 acupuncture points.


Introductory Courses

Learn the classical principles of Yin-Yang and Five Element Theories, which were considered 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 to understand the intricate balance between health and illness.
Diagnosis begins with a thorough introduction to the four diagnostic methods: inspection, inquiring, auscultation/olfaction and palpation. These four diagnostic methods are the backbone of TCM differential diagnosis and are used to collect and organize a patient’s signs and symptoms.
This course will focus on the development of the channel system as it relates to the 12 primary acupuncture channels and the 8 extraordinary acupuncture channels. Students are introduced to the 6 channel networks and learn the location, physiology, pathophysiology and treatment therapeutics of the channels and acupuncture points.
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the most sophisticated forms of herbology in the world. This course will introduce topics related to the identification of medicinal herbs, their names (including the Mandarin, Latin, and common English names), properties, functions, indications, pharmacokinetics, cautions and contraindications. You might be surprised to learn the medicinal uses of very common herbs also found in the  Chinese Materia Medica, such as dandelions, chrysanthemum, mint, frankincense and cinnamon.
The strength of Chinese herbal medicine stems from its utilization of polypharmacy. Synergistic combinations of multiple herbs come together to treat complex medical conditions. Many of the herbal formula prescriptions come from two textbooks, the Shanghan Lun and the Jingui Yaolue, written around 200CE. These formulas, including various modifications for specific conditions, have been empirically tested for over 1,800 years by countless numbers of scholar-physicians throughout China’s history.

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