Apricot Grove Classical Medical Chinese Language

1-Year Training Course
BEGAN June 19, 2022

About the Course

The Apricot Grove is pleased to offer a one-year online training in classical Chinese language focusing on the early Chinese medical text, the Huangdi Neijing. This class teaches the classical Chinese language through an in-depth study of the 214 Kangxi radicals, the foundation of classical Chinese. Basic aspects of terminology and grammar are taught through the study of these radicals using specific text passages as examples. This one-year course is designed specifically for Chinese Medicine practitioners to learn the essential aspects of the language of early Chinese medical texts. This class is also designed to support and expand on Dr Neal’s one-year foundational training in Neijing nature-based medicine.

Instructor: Deborah Woolf, Lic Ac, MBAcC

Deborah Woolf, Lic Ac, MBAcC
Deborah is teacher and practitioner with over 20 years experience focusing on Chinese philosophy and Stems and Branches at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in the UK. She is an avid student of Chinese Medicine and classical Chinese culture. Trilingual from an early age, she is a natural linguist who has had a life-long fascination with Chinese characters. She began by studying elements of Chinese language with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée for over 20 years. She has since followed various Classical Chinese language courses, including some at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. She then completed an MA at University College London (UCL), which included translations of Chinese Medical texts from the oracle bones of the Shang dynasty up to modern day Taiwanese authors. She is currently completing a PhD at UCL, investigating the origins of Chinese Medicine and divination through translations of early Chinese texts.


Questions about the course? Contact Deborah (acucpd@gmail.com).

Duration and Location

One-year online training hosted online in The Apricot Grove Canvas learning platform


None (no previous language skills are needed)


40 weekly recorded classes will be given in four quarters. This is accompanied with weekly ongoing forum discussions between teacher and students.

Course Began

Sunday, June 19, 2022


Practitioners – $650 USD
Students – $575 USD


In order to keep the cost accessible for all, and due to the complications of certifying courses with the NCCAOM, CEU/PDA credits are not offered for this course.

This is an incredible (and very affordable) opportunity to learn the language of the Huangdi Neijing from someone who is steeped in the medicine, the language, and the culture.

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