Institute of Chinese Herbology - Bringing 5000 Years of Healing Wisdom to the West

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Introduction To Chinese Medicine

Five Classes, 12 hours

The fundamental concepts of traditional Chinese medicine are presented, including causes of disease, patterns of disharmony, and an introduction to diagnostic methods including questioning the patient and reading the tongue and pulse. This course establishes the foundation for studying Chinese herbology.

CLASS 1: Theory of Disease; Contrast of Eastern and Western Perspectives; Hot and Cold, Excess and Deficiency; Six Evils
CLASS 2: The Functions of the Organs in Chinese Medicine; The Fundamental Processes of Chi, Blood and Body Fluids; The Emotions in Chinese Medicine
CLASS 3: Chi, Blood, Yin and Yang; Introduction to the Pulses
CLASS 4: Dysfunctions of the Organs; Patterns of Disease; Guides and Charts to Studying Chinese Medicine
CLASS 5: Introduction to Diagnosis; Procedures and Methods of Questioning; Tongue Diagnosis; Questions and Review


Introduction To Chinese Herbology

Eight Classes, 18 hours

A survey of the important herbs and formulas, emphasizing their properties and therapeutic uses. Includes terminology, methods of making teas, legal aspects of practicing herbology, and samples of over 60 herbs.

CLASS 1: Introduction to Chinese Herbs; Terminology and Naming Systems, Properties, Taste, Functions; Categories of Herbs; Herbs and Formulas that Tonify Chi
CLASS 2: Books and References for the Study of Chinese Herbology; Categories of Herbs; Herbs and Formulas that Regulate Chi; Additional Chi and Spleen Tonic Formulas; Legal Aspects of Practicing Herbology
CLASS 3: Categories of Herbs; Herbs and Formulas that Regulate and Harmonize Liver Chi
CLASS 4: Preparation of Formulas; Dosages; Methods of Making Teas; Herbs and Formulas that Tonify Blood
CLASS 5: Classification of Herbal Formulas; Construction of Herbal Formulas; Herbs and Formulas for Regulating Blood
CLASS 6: Herbs and Formulas for External Wind Cold (Colds/Flus)
CLASS 7: Additional Herbs and Formulas for External Wind Cold
CLASS 8: Herbs and Formulas for External Wind Heat (Colds/Flus)



The Art of Diagnosis

Five Classes, 12 hours

An in-depth presentation of the primary methods of diagnosis-reading the tongue, pulse and face, plus verbal questioning. Also serves as an introduction to case analysis.

CLASS 1: Format for Interviewing a Client; Case Analysis
CLASS 2-5: Verbal Questioning; Differential Diagnosis; Signs and Symptoms; Observation - Tongue, Pulse and Face


Key Concepts Of Chinese Herbology

Five Classes, 12 hours

Three key concepts are presented: Root and Branch, Stages of Disease, and Transformations of Chi. Most classes include herbs and formulas.

CLASS 1,2: Root and Branch (a discussion of the key principles that underlie the use of tonic and clearing herbs and formulas)
CLASS 3,4: Six Stages of Cold (Shang Han Lun) Model of Disease; Four Phases (Levels) of Heat
CLASS 5: Transformations of Chi (a discussion of the major Chi processes in the body)


Therapeutic Principles Of Chinese Herbology

Eleven Classes, 27 hours

A thorough presentation of the important therapeutic principles of Chinese Herbology. Each class covers a group of related herbs, formulas, disease complexes and associated symptoms and signs. All previously discussed herbs are reviewed and approximately 100 new herbs are introduced. Includes new samples.

CLASS 1: Clearing Heat and Fire; Herbs and Formulas
CLASS 2,3: Dryness, Yin Deficiency, Deficiency Fire; Herbs and Formulas for Tonifying Yin and Clearing Deficiency Fire. Kidney Yang Tonics
CLASS 4: Relieving the Exterior (Colds/ Flus); New Herbs and Formulas
CLASS 5: Dispersing Wind and Damp; Relieving Bi Syndromes (Painful Obstructions, e.g., Arthritis); Herbs and Formulas
CLASS 6: Clearing Wetness; Wetness in the Three Burners; Diuretic Herbs (herbs that promote the flow of water and permeate wetness) and Formulas
CLASS 7,8: Drying Wetness; Regulating Chi; Relieve Congestion; Herbs and Formulas
CLASS 9: Vitalizing Blood; New Herbs and Formulas
CLASS 10: Resolving Phlegm; Stopping Coughing; Herbs and formulas
CLASS 11: Miscellaneous Yang, Shen (Spirit), Heart, and Chi Herbs and Formulas



Herbal Therapies For Organ Dysfunctions

Thirteen Classes, 32 hours

Herbal therapies for the six major classifications of organ dysfunctions are presented: Lungs, Spleen, Liver, Heart, Kidney and Gynecological. Guidebook to Chinese Herbal Formulas is provided and used with this class.

CLASS 1,2,3: Disharmonies of the Lungs; Lung Ailments, External Wind Diseases
CLASS 4,5,6: Spleen and Stomach Disharmonies; Abdominal and Digestive Disturbances
CLASS 7,8,9: Liver Disharmonies; Problems Relating to Liver; Heat and Chi Stagnations
CLASS 10: Heart Imbalances
CLASS 11: Kidney Dysfunctions
CLASS 12,13: Gynecological Problems


Clinical Case Stufies

One Combined Class, 10 hours

Selected case studies from the Residence Clinical Classes that illustrate the process of interviewing clients, developing a diagnosis and formulating herbal remedies.


Where Do I Go From Here?

One Class, 2 hours

A discussion of career opportunities and requirements, how to use the Institute for ongoing education and support, ways to continue your study at home, and beginning to set up your practice.


The ICH Study Program gives each student the opportunity to learn the diagnostic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine and deepen their understanding of Chinese herbs in a relaxed environment - your own home.
— Kenneth Morris, L.Ac.
ICH Instructor