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Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Use of Medicinal Foods
Introductory Course (suitable for beginners)

In this day and age, when lifestyles are becoming more and more stressful, it sometimes seems impossible to live a healthy life. The Chinese have a saying, “When you are young, you can trade your health for wealth, but when you are old, all your wealth won’t buy back your health.” More and more people are realizing the importance of taking care of their bodies, and in China, what better way than to learn Traditional Chinese Medicine? TCM emphas the importance of prevention over cure. In this course, you will learn the basic theories of TCM and how to put them into practice using everyday foods. The course has two parts: Part one deals with the basic theory of TCM, and covers:

  • The fundamental characteristics of TCM


  • The theory of yin and yang


  • The theory of the five elements


  • Qi, blood and body fluid


  • The five zang-organs, six fu-organs, and their physiological functions and interrelations


  • The causes of disease


  • The six climatic factors


  • Internal impairment due to seven emotions


  • Improper diet


  • Overwork and under-rest


  • Diseases caused by phlegm, rheum and blood stasis


  • Pathogenesis


  • Principles for treatment and prevention


Part two covers medicinal foods:

  • Introduction to the use of medicinal foods:

    • The nature of medicinal foods: five flavors, four qi

    • Uses of medicinal foods: to prevent disease, to nourish, to slow aging, to treat disease.


  • Uses of a wide variety of medicinal foods, including those commonly used in Western cuisine (so that you will be able to put your new knowledge to use straight away) and also a range of more exotic foods, to add variety to your cooking.


Every week we will cover an area of basic TCM theory and also introduce a range of ingredients, their nature and function, and various recipes for their therapeutic use, from health promoting soups to herbal teas. For example, in the first week we will cover, among other things, the nature and function of Job’s tears, a commonly used grain, and learn how to make “Pearl Jade Double Treasure Porridge”, which is used to treat a deficiency of lung and spleen yin. You will discover which remedies are appropriate for your particular physiological makeup. By the end of the course, participants will be able to use their everyday meals to restore the balance of yin and yang, qi and blood to the body.



Course Title: Chinese Medicine
Tuition Fee: RMB 3200

Classes Available:
Sunday afternoon 1:30p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Dates: October 14 to December 16, 2012

Location: SOHO-Xiandaicheng:
Course Code: CMN301
Click here to register for this course

Registration Procedure:
Please register online first to reserve your place. You will then receive a confirmation email. Next, payment must be made on site at the ELC Learning Annex during the payment dates (you can come in person or send someone).

Please note:
Our classes are kept small for the students' benefit (generally between 5 and 10 people), so please register early to reserve your place. Your place in the class cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received. Any course that does not meet sufficient enrollment may be cancelled and a full refund provided upon presentation of your original receipt.