National University




IHM 632 Chinese Medicine

Lead Faculty: Dr. Patric M. Schiltz

Course Description

This course will examine an integrative approach to Chinese medicine, provide an understanding of the history, fundamental concepts and theories as well as its philosophical and cultural basis. Diagnosis in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Tui Na (therapeutic bodywork), will be explored. Traditional Chinese pharmacotherapy and Chinese dietetics will be described. Lastly, qi gong, tai ji quan, and areas for future research will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the history of Chinese medicine and medicine in modern China.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of yin and yang, the five phases, and qi.
  • Describe the acupuncture channels (meridians), the zang and fu organs, and the three causes of disease.
  • Differentiate the four examinations, pattern diagnosis, and methods of treatment.
  • Describe the therapeutic goals of acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping.
  • Differentiate the therapeutic techniques and the clinical application of tui na (therapeutic bodywork).
  • Discuss the medicinal substances and medicinal properties of traditional Chinese pharmacotherapy.
  • Compare Chinese medicinal formulas.
  • Identify elements of Chinese dietetics.
  • Examine the practice of qi gong.
  • Discuss the characteristics and movement principles of Tai Ji Quan.
  • Examine areas of future research in Chinese medicine.