Foundations Level I Training

Curriculum

Explore the 2024/26 curriculum

The program is taught over 2 years, with seasonal breaks. The lecture content has been refined continually over 18 years of teaching this material. Breaks are comfortably built into the schedule to give students time for reflection and integration into their practice and lives. Mentorship and office hours are also offered during those times.

Study Block
Course Content
AUTUMN 2024 SEMESTER
NNBM 101 Study Block #1 Introduction to Neijing MedicineBegins the study of the Huangdi Neijing and Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 101 Study Block #2 History of Early China/Chinese LanguageDiscusses the history of Ancient China and the Ancient Chinese language.
NNBM 101 Study Block #3 Introduction to Classical Text Scholarship (CTA)Discusses the practices of Classical Text Archeology (CTA) and classical text scholarship.
NNBM 101 Study Block #4 A History of the Neijing TextReviews of the history and development of the Neijing text.
NNBM 101 Study Block #5 Introduction to Neijing Classical Space-Time TheoryDiscusses the basic theories and principles of Neijing space–time theory—the theoretical basis of Chinese medicine.
NNBM 101 Study Block #6 The Celestial Base Patterns: Part ADiscusses the basic patterns of the celestial heavens and the Universal Base Patterns (Part A)
NNBM 101 Study Block #7 The Celestial Base Patterns: Part BContinues the discussion of the celestial heavens and the Universal Base Patterns (Part B)
NNBM 101 Study Block #8 The Terrestrial Local Patterns: Part ADiscusses the basic patterns of the natural world and the Terrestrial Local Patterns (Part A)
NNBM 101 Study Block #9 The Terrestrial Local Patterns: Part BContinues the discussion of the celestial heavens and the Terrestrial Local Patterns (Part B)
NNBM 101 Study Block #10 Nature’s Loom: Axial and Radial PatternsDiscusses Nature’s axial and radial weaving patterns, the pattern design for nature and the human body.
SPRING 2025 SEMESTER
NNBM 102 Study Block #11 Introduction to the Human BodyIntroduces the study of the human body by describing its basic features and processes.
NNBM 102 Study Block #12 Structural Design of the Human BodyDiscusses the basic architecture of the human body as created by the patterns of nature’s design.
NNBM 102 Study Block #13 Rivers and WatershedsDiscusses basic principles of the body’s watershed ecology and rivers.
NNBM 102 Study Block #14 The Primary WatershedsProvides overview of the twelve major watersheds of the body, the ecological basis for human existence.
NNBM 102 Study Block #15 The Collateral RiversDiscusses the collateral beds of the body and reviews the unique role they play in human health and illness.
NNBM 102 Study Block #16 The Zang OrgansDiscusses the five zang organs and the central role they play human health and illness.
NNBM 102 Study Block #17 The Fu OrgansDiscusses the six Fu organs and the central role they play in human digestion and nutrition.
NNBM 102 Study Block #18 Roots, Crowns, and Thatching RegionsDiscusses the role of the primary and seasonal roots, upper crowns and thatching regions of the body.
NNBM 102 Study Block #19 Surface CavernsDiscusses the numerous surface caverns of the body, the later basis for the acupuncture point regions.
NNBM 102 Study Block #20 Sinews and MembranesDiscusses the connective tissue (musculoskeletal) body, and examines the critical role it plays in human health and illness.
AUTUMN 2025 SEMESTER
NNBM 103 Study Block #21 ShenIntroduces the essential concept of Shen, the primary determinant in human health and illness.
NNBM 103 Study Block #22 Introduction to Directional MedicineDiscusses the theories of directional breath medicine, the theoretical basis of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 103 Study Block #23 The Primary Causes of Human IllnessIntroduces the seven primary causes of human illness according to the theories of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 103 Study Block #24 Disease Pathology: Obstruction PatternsDiscusses the basic pathological processes involved in the creation and maintenance of fixed–pattern (chronic) illnesses.
NNBM 103 Study Block #25 Introduction to Physical DiagnosisIntroduces the fundamental techniques of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine physical diagnosis.
NNBM 103 Study Block #26 Mai River Assessment: Part AIntroduces Neijing pulse diagnosis by discussing their basic techniques and seasonal assessments.
NNBM 103 Study Block #27 Mai River Assessment: Part BContinues the discussion of Neijing pulse diagnosis with a discussion of Renying/Cunkou and Sanbu/Jiuhou pulse assessment.
NNBM 103 Study Block #28 Facial Diagnosis and Directional ColorsDiscusses the practice of assessment through the examination of the directional colors and facial diagnosis.
NNBM 103 Study Block #29 The Nine Ancient Needles: Part ADiscusses the Neijing Nine Ancient Needles, their history and general principles.
NNBM 103 Study Block #30 The Nine Ancient Needles: Part BContinues the discussion of the Neijing Nine Ancient Needles, their unique qualities and specific indications.
NNBM 103 Study Block #31 Neijing Traditional Needle Techniques: Part AIntroduces Neijing traditional needle techniques and discusses their background and general principles.
NNBM 103 Study Block #32 Neijing Traditional Needle Techniques: Part BContinues the discussion of Neijing traditional needle techniques by discussion their unique qualities and specific indications.
SPRING 2026 SEMESTER
NNBM 104 Study Block #33 The Physician–Patient RelationshipDiscusses the special qualities of the physician/patient relationship and the special role this plays in Neijing Nature–Based Medicine
NNBM 104 Study Block #34 The Medical InterviewIntroduces the Neijing Nature–Based Medicine comprehensive medical history.
NNBM 104 Study Block #35 Clinical Decision MakingIntroduces the techniques of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine clinical decision making by examining how a comprehensive plan is created.
NNBM 104 Study Block #36 Treatment of Guest–Host DiseasesDiscusses the topic of Guest–Host Illnesses, including the areas of infectious disease and environmental pathogens.
NNBM 104 Study Block #37 Treatment of Emotional DiseasesDiscusses the treatment of emotional illness according to the principles of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 104 Study Block #38 Neijing Ancillary TherapiesReviews ancillary Neijing techniques, including moxa therapy, medical ironing, external poultices, and daoyin.
NNBM 104 Study Block #39 The Medical BaziIntroduces Medical Bazi forecasting; a traditional divination system used to assess yin yang cycles in the patient’s body.
NNBM 104 Study Block #40 Heaven and Earth InteractionsDiscusses the Neijing understanding of heaven and earth interactions (i.e., the Wuyun Liuqi, or ‘five celestial turnings and six terrestrial qi’).
NNBM 104 Study Block #41 Climate Change MedicineDiscusses special aspects of practicing Neijing Nature–Based Medicine in times of climate change and environmental instability.
NNBM 104 Study Block #42 Clinic ManagementDiscusses basic aspects of practicing Neijing Nature–Based Medicine and running a clinical practice in the real world.

Foundations Level I Training

Curriculum

Explore the 2024/26 curriculum

The program is taught over 2 years, with seasonal breaks. The lecture content has been refined continually over 18 years of teaching this material. Breaks are comfortably built into the schedule to give students time for reflection and integration into their practice and lives. Mentorship and office hours are also offered during those times.

Study Block
Course Content
AUTUMN 2024 SEMESTER
NNBM 101 Study Block #1 Introduction to Neijing MedicineBegins the study of the Huangdi Neijing and Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 101 Study Block #2 History of Early China/Chinese LanguageDiscusses the history of Ancient China and the Ancient Chinese language.
NNBM 101 Study Block #3 Introduction to Classical Text Scholarship (CTA)Discusses the practices of Classical Text Archeology (CTA) and classical text scholarship.
NNBM 101 Study Block #4 A History of the Neijing TextReviews of the history and development of the Neijing text.
NNBM 101 Study Block #5 Introduction to Neijing Classical Space-Time TheoryDiscusses the basic theories and principles of Neijing space–time theory—the theoretical basis of Chinese medicine.
NNBM 101 Study Block #6 The Celestial Base Patterns: Part ADiscusses the basic patterns of the celestial heavens and the Universal Base Patterns (Part A)
NNBM 101 Study Block #7 The Celestial Base Patterns: Part BContinues the discussion of the celestial heavens and the Universal Base Patterns (Part B)
NNBM 101 Study Block #8 The Terrestrial Local Patterns: Part ADiscusses the basic patterns of the natural world and the Terrestrial Local Patterns (Part A)
NNBM 101 Study Block #9 The Terrestrial Local Patterns: Part BContinues the discussion of the celestial heavens and the Terrestrial Local Patterns (Part B)
NNBM 101 Study Block #10 Nature’s Loom: Axial and Radial PatternsDiscusses Nature’s axial and radial weaving patterns, the pattern design for nature and the human body.
SPRING 2025 SEMESTER
NNBM 102 Study Block #11 Introduction to the Human BodyIntroduces the study of the human body by describing its basic features and processes.
NNBM 102 Study Block #12 Structural Design of the Human BodyDiscusses the basic architecture of the human body as created by the patterns of nature’s design.
NNBM 102 Study Block #13 Rivers and WatershedsDiscusses basic principles of the body’s watershed ecology and rivers.
NNBM 102 Study Block #14 The Primary WatershedsProvides overview of the twelve major watersheds of the body, the ecological basis for human existence.
NNBM 102 Study Block #15 The Collateral RiversDiscusses the collateral beds of the body and reviews the unique role they play in human health and illness.
NNBM 102 Study Block #16 The Zang OrgansDiscusses the five zang organs and the central role they play human health and illness.
NNBM 102 Study Block #17 The Fu OrgansDiscusses the six Fu organs and the central role they play in human digestion and nutrition.
NNBM 102 Study Block #18 Roots, Crowns, and Thatching RegionsDiscusses the role of the primary and seasonal roots, upper crowns and thatching regions of the body.
NNBM 102 Study Block #19 Surface CavernsDiscusses the numerous surface caverns of the body, the later basis for the acupuncture point regions.
NNBM 102 Study Block #20 Sinews and MembranesDiscusses the connective tissue (musculoskeletal) body, and examines the critical role it plays in human health and illness.
AUTUMN 2025 SEMESTER
NNBM 103 Study Block #21 ShenIntroduces the essential concept of Shen, the primary determinant in human health and illness.
NNBM 103 Study Block #22 Introduction to Directional MedicineDiscusses the theories of directional breath medicine, the theoretical basis of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 103 Study Block #23 The Primary Causes of Human IllnessIntroduces the seven primary causes of human illness according to the theories of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 103 Study Block #24 Disease Pathology: Obstruction PatternsDiscusses the basic pathological processes involved in the creation and maintenance of fixed–pattern (chronic) illnesses.
NNBM 103 Study Block #25 Introduction to Physical DiagnosisIntroduces the fundamental techniques of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine physical diagnosis.
NNBM 103 Study Block #26 Mai River Assessment: Part AIntroduces Neijing pulse diagnosis by discussing their basic techniques and seasonal assessments.
NNBM 103 Study Block #27 Mai River Assessment: Part BContinues the discussion of Neijing pulse diagnosis with a discussion of Renying/Cunkou and Sanbu/Jiuhou pulse assessment.
NNBM 103 Study Block #28 Facial Diagnosis and Directional ColorsDiscusses the practice of assessment through the examination of the directional colors and facial diagnosis.
NNBM 103 Study Block #29 The Nine Ancient Needles: Part ADiscusses the Neijing Nine Ancient Needles, their history and general principles.
NNBM 103 Study Block #30 The Nine Ancient Needles: Part BContinues the discussion of the Neijing Nine Ancient Needles, their unique qualities and specific indications.
NNBM 103 Study Block #31 Neijing Traditional Needle Techniques: Part AIntroduces Neijing traditional needle techniques and discusses their background and general principles.
NNBM 103 Study Block #32 Neijing Traditional Needle Techniques: Part BContinues the discussion of Neijing traditional needle techniques by discussion their unique qualities and specific indications.
SPRING 2026 SEMESTER
NNBM 104 Study Block #33 The Physician–Patient RelationshipDiscusses the special qualities of the physician/patient relationship and the special role this plays in Neijing Nature–Based Medicine
NNBM 104 Study Block #34 The Medical InterviewIntroduces the Neijing Nature–Based Medicine comprehensive medical history.
NNBM 104 Study Block #35 Clinical Decision MakingIntroduces the techniques of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine clinical decision making by examining how a comprehensive plan is created.
NNBM 104 Study Block #36 Treatment of Guest–Host DiseasesDiscusses the topic of Guest–Host Illnesses, including the areas of infectious disease and environmental pathogens.
NNBM 104 Study Block #37 Treatment of Emotional DiseasesDiscusses the treatment of emotional illness according to the principles of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine.
NNBM 104 Study Block #38 Neijing Ancillary TherapiesReviews ancillary Neijing techniques, including moxa therapy, medical ironing, external poultices, and daoyin.
NNBM 104 Study Block #39 The Medical BaziIntroduces Medical Bazi forecasting; a traditional divination system used to assess yin yang cycles in the patient’s body.
NNBM 104 Study Block #40 Heaven and Earth InteractionsDiscusses the Neijing understanding of heaven and earth interactions (i.e., the Wuyun Liuqi, or ‘five celestial turnings and six terrestrial qi’).
NNBM 104 Study Block #41 Climate Change MedicineDiscusses special aspects of practicing Neijing Nature–Based Medicine in times of climate change and environmental instability.
NNBM 104 Study Block #42 Clinic ManagementDiscusses basic aspects of practicing Neijing Nature–Based Medicine and running a clinical practice in the real world.

The Neijing Nature-Based Medicine program has transformed my view of the human body all together and how truly revolutionary the practices of ancient Chinese medical physicians are for modern day society.

Stephanie H.
ACUPUNCTURIST