Medical Qigong

Five Branches University is the first accredited acupuncture school in the U.S to pioneer a comprehensive Medical Qigong Certificate Program. Our Medical Qigong Program offers three Medical Qigong Certificates: Self Cultivation, Medical Qigong Practitioner, and Medical Qigong Therapist.

Self Cultivation Certificate

The Self Cultivation Certificate program, available at both the San Jose and Santa Cruz campuses, is a two-course qigong training program designed to enhance your awareness of energy within and around yourself. You will learn esoteric Medical Qigong terminology, energetic anatomy and physiology, and how external and internal pathogenic factors can affect health. Dynamic instructor guidance with purifying qigong exercises, energizing standing meditations and exploration into the nuances of Qi offer detailed structure on how to practice Medical Qigong exercises for personal health benefits.

Medical Qigong I
In Medical Qigong I, you are led through a progressive series of Qigong meditations and exercises, and will learn basic applications of Medical Qigong purgation, tonification, and regulation energetic skills. You will learn specific Medical Qigong prescription exercises and meditations, (purging excess conditions, tonifying deficiencies, dispersing stagnations and regulating Qi, Blood and Body Fluid), and how and when to apply them in clinic. You will be introduced to energetic psychology, discharging toxic emotions, and how to handle the emotional discharges and toxic energetic releases coming from patients.

Medical Qigong II
In Medical Qigong II, you are led through a progressive series of advanced Shengong meditations and exercises, specifically used for developing advanced intuitive diagnostic skills. You will learn how to establish proper energetic boundaries, and neutralize specific psycho/emotional interactions such as, projection, transference, and counter-transference. Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to enroll in the Medical Qigong Practitioner certificate to receive clinical training and assist the instructor with performing treatment protocols.


Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate- Santa Cruz Campus

The Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate (MQP) program, offered at the Five Branches Santa Cruz campus, is a 200-hour Medical Qigong training program which includes clinical training under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist specializing in Medical Qigong. The MQP is designed to teach you how to integrate self-cultivation skills and apply them in the realm of qi emission. You will learn ancient medical energetic healing arts, Daoist and Buddhist meditations, and qigong training exercises; for personal health benefits and to improve the health of your clients. You will become familiar with the use of qi and how it can be used to augment Traditional Chinese Medicine modalites: acupuncture, tui na, moxa,and gua sha within a clinical setting.
For more information about this program please refer to: Specialty Certificate Options

A 200 hour Medical Qigong Practitioner (MQP) Certificate will be issued to Master’s Program (MTCM) students who have successfully completed Courses I through IV (128 academic hours) in addition to 72 hours of clinical training. Students not currently enrolled in the MTCM program must enroll as a non-degree seeking (NDS) student and meet the minimum education requirements. For more information on MTCM admissions requirements, please refer to: Applying to Five Branches.

Pre-requisites for MTCM students: Completion of the Self Cultivation Certificate

Pre-requisites for NDS students: Completion of the Self Cultivation Certificate and enrollment in the following MTCM program courses: TCM Foundations, Channel Theory, TCM Diagnosis, Professional Ethics, Anatomy I, and Physiology I. (Anatomy I and/or Physiology I may be transferred in from any WASC accredited 2 or 4 year university).

Medical Qigong Therapist Certificate- San Jose Campus

The Medical Qigong Therapist (MQT) 650-hour Certificate program, offered at the Five Branches San Jose campus, is a powerful journey through deep self healing as a means to awaken your ability to help others heal. The journey begins with self cultivation, all of which is a basis for developing and unveiling your innate ability to invoke, direct, and modulate universal and biological energy in medical qigong treatment. You will gain a profound inner awareness, as well as sensitivity to read and assess your patient’s energetic matrix. You will learn how to direct energy for healing through purging, tonifying, and regulating techniques and will know which qigong exercises to teach your patients or clients based on their particular needs and patterns of disharmony.

Upon completing the MQT certificate, you will become proficient in:
• Self cultivation and profound inner awareness
• Daoist and traditional Chinese medicine theory
• Energetic sensitivity, assessment, projection, and modulation
• Medical qigong treatment for a wide variety of conditions
• Prescription of qigong exercises specific to a patient’s needs and condition
For licensed acupuncturists- Our certificate programs enable you to enrich your practice, earn CEUs, learn valuable techniques for self-healing, and become certified in Medical Qigong.

Application and Extension Catalog

To apply for our Medical Qigong Certificate programs please download the ABT Application. To review our course curriculum for your program of interest download the Extension Catalog.


For personal service please contact:

San Jose Extension
(408) 260-0208

Santa Cruz Extension

Thomas Dicklin
(831) 476-9424

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