About this Course
This course aims to serve as an education platform on Chinese medicine (CM) for the general public. Our primary goal is to empower healthcare choices by promoting awareness and practical application on CM diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, as well as regulation on CM services and herbal products using international examples. In the first part of this course, learners will develop skills in applying basic theory of Chinese medicine (CM) for understanding health and illnesses, and be able to compare and contrast views from Chinese and western medicine perspectives. In the second part, learners will be able to diagnose their own CM body constitution, and to apply appropriate CM self-care practice including food therapy, acupressure, Baduanjin and meditation. Learners will also be able to identify commonly used Chinese herbs, and to describe the core principle of acupuncture. Specific competencies include: 1. State the basic theory of Chinese medicine and compare it with the principle of western medicine. 2. Apply the diagnostic approach of Chinese medicine and describe one’s body constitution. 3. Describe the core principle of Chinese herbs and acupuncture, and to understand their role in promoting health and wellness. 4. Develop self-care plan according to body constitution, using the practice of food therapy, acupressure, and Baduanjin.
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Clock

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: Workload 2 hours / week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Session 1: Chinese Medicine: Introduction to Basic Theory

In this session, the learners will develop detailed understanding of the role of Zang-fu in manifesting health and disease in human body. The inter-relationship between various Zang-fu organs will also be introduced....
Reading
9 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
The Initiation of Chinese Medicine2m
The Essential Characteristics of Chinese Medicine1m
Treatment by Differentiation of Syndromes3m
The Doctrine of Yin and Yang0m
The Theory of Yin-Yang - The Formation of the Theory of Yin and Yang5m
Application of the Theory of Yin-yang in Chinese Medicine3m
The Theory of Zang-fu Organs (Part 1)2m
The Primary Characteristics of the Zang-Fu Theory3m
Reading1 readings
Reading list for Session 10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Session 130m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Session 2: Zang-Fu Organs Concepts in Chinese Medicine

This part is about the application of Zang-fu Organs concepts in understanding health and disease....
Reading
5 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Lung2m
The Spleen4m
The Liver2m
The Kidney4m
Reading1 readings
Reading list for Session 20m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Session 230m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Session 3: Relationship between Zang-Fu Organs; An introduction of Qi in Chinese medicine

In this session, the learners will develop further knowledge on how the inter-relationship between various Zang-fu organs contribute to health and diseases in human body. The session ends with an introduction to the concept of Qi in Chinese medicine....
Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Functions of the Six Fu Organs3m
The Relationship between Zang-Fu Organs4m
The Theory of Qi4m
Reading1 readings
Reading list for Session 30m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Session 330m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Session 4: Blood, Body Fluids and Pathogenesis of disease in Chinese Medicine

The session starts with an introduction to the concept of Blood and Body Fluid in Chinese medicine, followed with an overview of the principles of pathogenesis in Chinese medicine....
Reading
12 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Pathogenic Factors and Pathogenesis in Chinese Medicine1m
3.1 Six External Pathogens2m
3.2 Wind1m
3.3 Cold1m
3.4 Summer-heat0m
3.5 Dampness1m
3.6 Dryness0m
3.7 Fire0m
Internal Injury by the Seven Emotions2m
Diet, Work and Rest2m
Pathogenesis4m
Reading1 readings
Reading list for Session 40m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Session 430m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

SESSION 5: Basics of Chinese Medicine Diagnostics (I)

Diagnostics techniques are the bridge between basic theories and clinical practice in Chinese medicine. Long history of clinical practice allowed the accumulation of rich diagnostic experiences among generations of Chinese medicine practitioners, facilitating the formation of a comprehensive diagnostic system. This system includes the Four Examinations of inquiry, inspection, listening, and palpation, diagnosis of disease, and differentiation of syndrome. Diagnosis of disease and differentiation of syndrome are achieved by analyzing information obtained from the Four Examinations. It is essential to perform both diseases diagnosis and syndrome differentiation. In this session, the learners will know how to distinguish these two processes, which is important to understand the definitions of disease, symptoms, syndrome and syndrome differentiation....
Reading
14 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
1.1.1 Definition of Inquiry, Common Symptoms - Chills and Fever2m
1.1.2 Common Symptoms - Pain: according to its nature2m
1.1.3 Common Symptoms - Pain: according to its location2m
1.2 Sweating and Thirst0m
1.3 Appetite and Taste1m
1.4 Bowel Habits0m
1.5 Urination0m
1.6 Sleep0m
Definition of Inspection, Inspecting Facial Complexion and Sense Organs2m
Inspection of Body Shape and Movement1m
Inspection of Tongue2m
Definition of Listening, Listening to Voice, Respiration and Cough2m
Palpation2m
Reading1 readings
Reading list for Session 50m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Session 530m
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Top Reviews

By RRDec 9th 2017

Very interesting material, really enjoyed this course!\n\n**When answering the 'fill the blank questions' make sure you write the answer perfectly including punctuation using american English.

By BUApr 15th 2018

Very informative lectures. Great for a first deeper understanding. I liked the combination of lectures, and parallel reading possibility for better memorization. Thank you

Instructors

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Prof. Vincent CHUNG

Assistant Professor
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Prof. Zhi-xiu LIN

Associate Professor
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Prof. Wendy WONG

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Ching LIONG

Professional Consultant

About The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all corners of the world. CUHK graduates are connected worldwide through an expansive alumni network....

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