[10/01/2019] Chinese Medicine for Health & Wellness


Tuesday Evenings Oct 1st – Nov 19th  from 7-9pm

Join us starting October 1st for a comprehensive 8-week course series. Discover the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine: Yin and Yang relationships, Five Element Theory (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water), and the relationships between our mind, body, spirit and how we can apply them to everyday health and wellness.

– Whole Program: $75
– A La Cart: $15
Five Branches University – Santa Cruz
200 7th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Class Schedule  
Week 1: Introduction to Chinese Medicine Philosophy & Theory Week 5: Listening to Your Lungs
Week 2: Energetic Anatomy & Physiology Week 7: Loving Your Liver
Week 3: The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine Week 6: Nourishing Your Kidneys
Week 4: Supporting Your Spleen Week 8: Healing Your Heart

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To enroll please contact Tom Dicklin at 1(831)475-9424 or email admissionsadvisor@fivebranches.edu

Course Descriptions

Week 1 – Introduction to Chinese Medicine Philosophy & Theory.
We will take a thorough look at the various theories and philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Discover the fundamentals of Yin/Yang relationships; Qi; the eight principles and five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water); and the relationships of our mind, body and spirit. We will also review the various factors that impact our health in accordance to Chinese Medicine principles.

Week 2 – Energetic Anatomy & Physiology.  We will examine the largely unknown Chinese medicine view on the body’s energetic layout and structures. By understanding the human energy system, and their functions, it becomes easier to understand the Chinese medicine understanding of health & wellness and how the various healing modalities within this medical tradition work.

Week 3 – The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine.
We will cover the healing modalities of Chinese medicine.  We’ll discuss and demonstrate acupuncture/acupressure and moxibustion, explore the varieties of herbal medicine, experience qi gong exercises. We will also explore the insights of Chinese medicine in regards to nutrition and dietary therapy.

The final five weeks of the course we will explore each of the five-major yin organs of Chinese medicine (Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver & Heart). You will learn the basic Chinese medicine physiology of each organ and the corresponding ways to keep it healthy through the use of Chinese medicine theory. 

Week 4 – Supporting Your Spleen.
The spleen is one of the most important digestive organs in Chinese medical theory.   This class will teach you how to live and eat to optimize spleen function and your over-all health, immunity, and energy. We will also discuss herbal remedies and points that strengthen this vital organ. 

Week 5 – Listening to Your Lungs.
Chinese medicine the lungs not only relate to respiration but also oversees the Qi of the entire body.  After assessing the strength of your lung qi, you’ll get a taste of what you can do to support your lungs and we will explore some simple home and patent herbal remedies for the common cold.

Week 6 – Nourishing Your Kidneys.
The kidneys are the root and foundation of the entire body. Their vitality is connected to our growth, maturation, sexual function and the grace with which we age.  You will discover practices, foods and herbs which can enhance your kidney energy.

Week 7 – Loving Your Liver.
The liver is responsible for keeping energy moving in your body and in your psyche.  However, liver energy congestion is one of the most common imbalances we often encounter.   We will cover foods, herbs, points and exercises that you can use to harmonize your liver energy and keep your body, mind and spirit flowing smoothly.

Week 8 – Healing Your Heart.
In Chinese medicine, the heart is the Emperor of all of the other organs.   It oversees not only blood circulation but also the mind, the spirit, and consciousness itself.  You will learn the Chinese medicine view on heart health, quality sleep and receive recipes and exercises you can use to heal its imbalances. 


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