Chinese Herbal Medicine Syllabus


Theoretical Foundations of Chinese Herbal Medicine

• Historical Background and Classical sources
• Principles of Herbal Medicine
• Preparation of Herbal Medicines
• Methods of Administration
• Categories of Chinese Herbs
• Categories of Chinese Prescription
• The Four Stages and the Six Stages

Chinese Pharmacopoeia

At least 200 individual Chinese herbs will be covered under the following headings:
• Chinese and Latin Name
• Properties
• Jingluo associations
• Principle actions
• Main Uses
• Dosage
• Preparation
• Dangers and contraindications
• Restrictions of Usage

Chinese Herbal Prescriptions

Around 150 Herbal prescriptions will be studied covering the following range of Category of Herbal Prescription:
• Tonify Qi Prescriptions
• Tonify Xue Prescriptions
• Tonify Yin Prescriptions
• Tonify Yang Prescriptions
• Combined Tonification Prescriptions
• Astringent Prescriptions
• Stop Bleeding Prescriptions
• Calm Shen Prescriptions
• Harmonising Prescriptions
• Regulate/Move Qi Prescriptions
• Regulate/Move Xue Prescriptions
• Drain Damp Prescriptions
• Warming (Rid Cold) Prescriptions
• Expel Wind Damp Prescriptions
• Resolve Cold Phlegm Prescriptions
• Resolve Hot Phlegm Prescriptions
• Resolve Phlegm Stop cough and Asthma Prescriptions
• Clear Heat Prescriptions
• Quell Fire Prescriptions
• Clear Damp Heat Prescriptions
• Clear Fire Poison Prescriptions
• Extinguish Wind Prescriptions
• Release Exterior – Wind Cold Prescriptions
• Release Exterior – Wind Heat Prescriptions

The following aspects of each main prescription will be covered:
• Ingredients
• Functions
• Indications
• Patterns
• Explanation of Action
• Dosage
• Contraindications
• Restrictions of usage
• How to modify each base prescription by addition, subtraction or quantity variation of individual Chinese herbs
• Current pharmacological information about the prescriptions and their component parts and their known interaction with Western Medications, if any.

Aspects of Herbal Clinical Practice

• Setting up in Herbal Practice
• Legal and insurance implications of Herbal Practice
• Sources of Supplies
• Ordering, storing, measuring and dispensing Chinese Herbs
• Dosage
• Diagnosis and Prescription selection and modifications based on Case Histories
• Clinical Consultations
• Client interaction

Pathology and improved diagnostic skills
A deeper understanding of Bianzheng will be provided, from a CHM perspective, which will enhance the practitioner’s ability to effectively diagnosis clients in the CHM clinic.

Aspects of Pathology will be reviewed with particular reference to Chinese Herbal prescriptions e.g. Skin Disease.

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