Principles of the Chinese Medicine

The discipline analyzes basic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In the introductory part it explains the basic medicinal theories, methods of diagnostics and treatments. The most extensive part follows the use of traditional herbal medicine for prevention (and treatment) of infections, aging and cancer. The next part describes other methods for treatment and strengthening of body resistance – acupuncture, moxibustion, qigong and dietotherapy.

Syllabus

Introduction to Basic Medicinal Theories

  • theory of Yin-Yang – law of unity of opposites
  • concept of wholism
  • human body
  • differentiation of syndromes
  • principles of prevention and treatment

Immunity in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • brief historical review
  • theoretical aspect of immunity in TCM
  • medicinal herbs and immunity
  • examples of herbal treatment in diseases related to immune disorders

Herbs vs. Infections

  • differentiation of syndromes in acute infection
  • herbal therapies of acute infections
  • pharmacological studies of the herbal therapies
  • traditional treatment of chronic infections
  • examples of herbal treatment for infectious diseases

Use of Tonics in Traditional Chinese medicine

  • deficiency syndromes
  • classification of tonics
  • modern research on tonics
  • tonic treatment for common diseases

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aging

  • basic features of aging
  • cause of senility
  • approaches to prevent senility and retard aging

Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Cancer

  • traditional concept of cancer
  • herbal medication of cancer
  • herbal medicines in prevention of cancer

Acupuncture and Moxibustion

  • meridians and acupuncture points
  • technique and methods
  • indications and contraindications
  • examples of acupuncture treatment of common diseases
  • therapeutic mechanism
  • acupuncture to combat pain

Qi (vital energy) and Qigong

  • concept of Qi
  • general methods of Qigong
  • physiological changes during Qigong
  • treatment of hypertension with Qigong
  • treatment of other diseases with Qigong
  • Qigong deviations
  • about “out-going Qi” (“external Qi”)

Dietotherapy in Traditiona Chinese Medicine

  • five tastes – pungent, sweet, sour, bitter and salty
  • four properties – hot, warm, cool and cold
  • diet to combat pathogenic factors
  • diet for strengthening body resistance
  • food taboos

Literature

  • Xie Zhu-Fan: Best of Traditional Chinese Medicine. New World Press, Beijing 1995, 158 pp. ISBN 7-80005-228-1

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