This year concentrates on giving the students an insight into the physiology of Chinese Medicine according to which human physiology follows the rhythms of nature. It also will teach the Channels/Meridian network and their main points.
By the end of the year, the student will have a sound knowledge of how the physiology of the human being works and of how the meridians and channels network supports it.
Knowledge will be acquired through direct teaching, the etymology of the Chinese characters, as well as the teachings of classical text, parts of which we will read and comment in class.
The main practical aspect of this year is the palpation of channels/meridians and point location of the main points of the 12 main meridians/channels and of the 8 Extraordinary channels. Students will be shown how to palpate them according to anatomical landmarks. How to ‘feel’ a point. Students will also learn simple massage techniques from Tuina (Chinese massage) that keep their flow smooth and healthy
In the Anatomy & Physiology course we will journey through the fascinating world of the human body. You will gain an understanding of the structure and function of the body, and how the different body systems interact to maintain health.
350 contact hours (including western medicine studies)
This year follows from Year 1 . It concentrates mainly on guiding the students to understand how pathologies are formed, organised and treated. It will also expand the teaching of the acupuncture points of the 12 upright channels/meridians and the 8 extraordinary channel to include their energetic and clinical functions. It will also teach points combination and their application in the clinic. It also includes western medical studies.
By the end of the year, the student will have a sound knowledge of how aetiology, mechanisms of pathology, syndromes, diagnosis, 8 principles/coordinates and principles of treatment. This knowledge will enable them to understand clinical pathology physiology and, eventually, to tackle treatments. during this year the students will also gain a deep understanding of some clinical pathologies, namely Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Gynaecological disease.
200 contact hours
We shall continue to insist on accurate points location of at least 250 points.
Getting to know the needles: types and appropriate selection according to need.
Diagnostic in practice: Channel palpation. Tongue and pulses, looking, hearing/smelling and palpating. Some simple case histories will be taken amongst the students and examined in class. At this time, all students will have the first chance to occupy the seat of the ‘acupuncturist’.
60 contact hours
90 contact hours
In the Pathology & Disease course, you will gain a broad, fundamental understanding of disease. We will look at the most important aspects of disease and imbalance without much of the molecular and microscopic detail typically required for more advanced scientific audiences. You will also learn to recognise ‘red flag’ symptoms/syndromes that indicate the need for referral to a medical doctor.
Cellular Injury, Inflammation and Repair
Disorders of the Immune System
Disorders of Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance
This year follows from Year 2 . It concentrates mainly on guiding the students to understand a vast array of clinical pathologies and gain first hand experience of how to take a case history, organise it and formulate appropriate principles of treatment and choice of treatment.
By the end of the year, the student will have a sound knowledge of many pathologies encountered in the clinic. They will know how to recognise the syndrome(s) responsible for the and also, and very importantly the whole trajectory, starting from the disruption of Yin Yang balance, leading to their manifestation. During this year the emphasis given to the examination of cases in class prepares the student to practically tackle a case and correct possible mistakes.
160 contact hours
Case studies feedback on observing, smelling/ hearing, asking ad palpating in depth. Mainly concentrating on ‘asking’ deeper and more focused questions. Practice on each other: diagnosis, principle of treatment, points selection, needling techniques (common and advanced).
Self-cultivation: who am I as a practitioner in clinical practice?
Qigong and meditation in action and in stillness are integral part of the training. Students are expected to practice them and teach them to their clients.
100 contact hours
90 contact hours
Syllabus & Curriculum
These 400 hours are dedicated to seeing patients under increasingly relaxed supervision, and testing a student’s knowledge in the practice of taking responsibility for the complete treatment of 10 clients x 10 sessions each.
Besides seeing his/her own clients, each student is also asked to help 3 colleagues by giving second opinions with regards to the diagnosis of their clients, the suggested strategy of therapy, treatment, location of points, as well as evaluation of tongues and pulses data.
In the clinic, students are evaluated according to their ability to
This part of the course requires that all students are present in the clinic, even when they do not have their own clients, in order to help their fellow colleagues.
Students are also required to revise every case in writing and prepare a possible ‘future’ treatment, explaining why and how this should be carried out. Normally the time required to accomplish this task properly requires 2 hours for each hour of clinical practice.
By the end of this part of the training the student will be prepared to take care of patients independently.
400 contact hours
PS As we are always trying to improve, this syllabus and curriculum can change. Should this happen, students will be informed one month in advance. Thanks to help up improve our teaching.
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