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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Health Concepts in Chinese Medicine by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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About the Course

Course Overview: Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine are two distinct medical systems, yet they both aim at the prevention and treatment of human diseases. With this in mind, we should understand the practice of Chinese Medicine in the context of Modern Medicine. In this course, we explore the basic theories underlying the practice of Chinese Medicine, compare and contrast the use of Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine in Preventive Health, and discuss how to restore a healthy condition and understand the pharmacological basis of different types of Chinese tonifying herbs. By the end of this course, you will be able to: -              state the important Chinese Medicine literature from 5th century B.C. to 16th century A.D. -              describe and interpret basic Chinese Medicine theories -              apply the basic Chinese Medicine theories (such as the balance between Yin and Yang and the interaction among organs) to restore a healthy condition -              compare and contrast the use of Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine in Preventive Health -              explain how the balance of Yang/Qi and/or Yin/Blood can be restored by using Chinese tonifying herbs -              adapt the Chinese Medicine concepts by reviewing the contemporary researches on pharmacological activities in Chinese tonifying herbs...

Top reviews


Jul 25, 2022

Excellent course, excellent introduction on the subject, Professor Ko is excellent and friendly, I'd like to have intermediate and specialized courses from this same speaker offered on Coursera.


May 24, 2019

Great class. This was a unique class in that it explained the scientific background of TCM concepts. I really enjoyed this perspective since it is not information that is commonly available.

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By Cintia C

Mar 4, 2018

Love the materials and how there are transcripts of all lessons! My wrists thank you! Also, I like all videos and how they are taught in a smooth and fun way. I had already taken a Chinese Medicine course here on Coursera and this one focuses way more on its applications and on Herbology which is my main interest. It is worth it to get the certificate because there is a lot of material and quizzes are long, so you might as well! Recommended!

By Kyleigh T

May 25, 2019

Great class. This was a unique class in that it explained the scientific background of TCM concepts. I really enjoyed this perspective since it is not information that is commonly available.

By Andrea C C

May 30, 2019

The course addresses the biochemistry related to Chinese medicine in a clear and didactic way. A holistic view in which I had no knowledge, I was surprised by the course. Congratulations!!

By Adriana L M

Aug 1, 2019

I am going to apply the knowledge I have learned in this course to my daily life. It was a bit difficult to understand if you know nothing about science/biology and cells.

By Amanda R

Dec 19, 2017

I enjoyed the course tremendously. I am going to take all the knowledge I obtained and apply it to furthering my career in holistic health. Thank you!

By João E

Mar 5, 2019

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, I found this course very useful in helping me understand the biochemical actions of Yang and Yin tonifying herbs.

By Christina P

Mar 21, 2020

Professor very devoted to his subject but course was a bit vague. It wasn't supposed to be for doctors but had too much biology. I felt we learned about very few Chinese herbs and not at all about their contraindications. I would like the course to be more practical.

Thank you

By Alice Z

Oct 23, 2018

Interesting and informative.

Great opportunity to learn the basics and see how they related to Modern Medicine.

Thank You much for producing this.

One suggestion: place video pictures within the pdf of transcripts.

By Teja U

Apr 26, 2019

This was a great course. It is very well structured, clear, and understandable. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is eager to learn the basics of Chinese medicine theories.

By helen a

Mar 2, 2023

Excellent course, excellent content and progression. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to better understand their own health and its energetic patterns.

By Muneeb F

Jul 11, 2020

I have learnt traditional medicine from this course. The lectures were well made, and the order of the material presented made it pretty easy to learn.

By Ethan H

Aug 21, 2020

Overall the class was very informative, and I believe I have a working understanding of Chinese Medicine, Yin Yang Theory, and Zang Fu theory. However, I feel as if more attention could have been paid to the tonifying herbs and their abilities as well as organ specific deficiencies. Although, this being only a six week course, I feel as if it does a good job of explaining the tenets of Chinese Medicine and how they relate and can work in concert with Modern Medicine.

By Emmanuel C

Jun 24, 2020

Course gives a good overview of the basics of Chinese Medicine. The linkage between Chinese Medicine concepts and Modern (Western) Medicine concepts was interesting and useful. For students who do not have a science background, some of the material may be complex, although students with a health/science background likely will not have any issues.

By John W

Oct 19, 2019

great material!!! Glad it was in English but could use more Chinese characters when referring to Pin Yin names of things. Also, I would add some practice tests for the final with answers to reinforce what was learned and taught in the course. Overall recommend!!! You will bene

By Joy S

Dec 14, 2018

learned about the connection between traditional, herbal medicine and science. I have long suspected that some traditional medicines had a scientific application to their effectiveness in disease and this class proves it.

By Gene

Apr 21, 2020

It is a good course for someone who want to know more about Chinese Medicine, or someone who want to compare Modern Medicine with Chinese Medicine.I love this course because teacher's accent is very easy to understand.

By Andre I

Nov 7, 2019

It is useful but very challenging for a beginner

By Mónica A R

Feb 2, 2022

If you love plants, traditional medicine and research, this is the course for you. Not only the videos are easy to follow with multiple languages to translate the captions, but the content itself is easy to follow and remember. I recoment this course as a "basic" if you are interested in Chinese Medicine, as it is a good theory base for other courses with the same theme. Although some parts can be quite hard without a basic level of knowledge in science, it is explained in a way everyone can understand and remember it. I recomend taking the course and writing down notes for future references as it is a great "to go book" for refreshing the memory.

By Magda C

Nov 2, 2022

Este curso foi um divisor de águas no meu conhecimento, abriu minha mente para outras formas de pensar, e me mostrou como pode ser complexo.

Entrei no curso como um complemento ao aprendizado de Aromaterapia, porque minha professora havia comentado que seria bom conhecer um pouco mais. E me encantei, desde que iniciei o curso, comecei a ler obras completas sobre Medicina Tradicional Chinesa, e passei a orientar meus estudos para esta área.

Acredito que trabalhar com a saude de forma holistica, em apoio a medicina tradicional, é uma excelente forma de viver e buscar o bem estar.

Só tenho a agradecer.

By Nedal a

Mar 23, 2023

Thank you very much for the valuable information you provided through this course

But in the future, I hope to expand more in other areas that have not been addressed in Chinese medicine

I hope to focus on the practical field to use any axis you want to talk about in a scientific and practical manner and support it with previous results and advice for new trainees

Chinese medicine is a civilization and history that deserves to be studied and studied with love and respect.

You have my thanks and appreciation

By Larissa A

Apr 13, 2020

I have learned a lot with this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine. A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in making this course available. As a suggestion, it would be helpful if we had access to a compilation of the course material in form of texts, supplemental texts and videos to make it easier for us to save/download it all at once.


May 11, 2020

The course is a good base to go deeper into the vast chinese medicine .For me, it has two great strong points:

1.The holistic and integrating concept of health

2.It show in the lectures from time to time to similarities and difference between western Modern Medicine and Chinese traditional Medicine.

Lectures are clear andexplhin the scientific background

By Jeff C

Jul 29, 2023

This was a challenging course yet very satisfying. I learned alot. I like how it tied in with modern medicine. Another course i too was informative but, without that connection I can see how easy it would have been to dismiss it as myth at worst or even metaphysical , . I repeete this course tied in cohearently with modern medicine. Thank you for that

By Margaret

Mar 13, 2018

Excellent introduction of Chinese Medicine health concepts. Totally agree with the title of the course. I encourage people that interested in learning more about Chinese Medicine to join this course. I can say that this course give a taste about what you will get in a full course if you join a University to enroll in this subject. Bravo!

By Birke U

Sep 22, 2022

The course has great university level. It is going deep and gives an understanding of how efficient e.g. tonifying herbs are working for the human body. I wished to find more of these TCM courses on coursera to deepen my knowledge even further after having scratched the surface. Thanks a million