ONLINE LECTURE SERIES
FALL QUARTER 2020
Introduction, Classical Scholarship, Neijing Space/Time Theory
Lecture #1 – Introduction to Neijing Medicine
Lecture #1 introduces students to the course and the topic of Neijing medical studies. Basic principles of Neijing medicine are reviewed.
Lecture #2 – Classical Medicine Scholarship
Lecture #2 introduces students to the field of classical medical text scholarship. Basic approaches and techniques of classical text research are reviewed and introduced.
Lecture #3 – History of Early China
Lecture #3 reviews the history and culture of early China, the historical period in which the principles of Chinese medicine were first developed and written.
Lecture #4 – History of the Neijing Text
Lecture #4 reviews the history and and development of the Neijing text from its early origins in the Warring States and Han dynasties through later editions in the Northern Song dynasty.
Lecture #5 – History of Neijing Space/Time Theory
Lecture #5 introduces students to basic concepts of Neijing space/time theory, the unifying principle of the practice of Neijing medicine.
Lecture #6 – Celestial Patterns, Part A
Lecture #6 reviews the basic patterns of space/time motion that occur in the celestial (stellar) heavens. Celestial patterns are one of the basic patterns of the cosmos and strongly influence the life and health of the human organism.
Lecture #7 – Celestial Patterns, Part B
Lecture #7 reviews the basic patterns of space/time motion that occur in the celestial (stellar) heavens. Celestial patterns are one of the basic patterns of the cosmos and strongly influence the life and health of the human organism.
Lecture #8 – Terrestrial Patterns, Part A
Lecture #8 reviews the patterns of space/time motion that occur in the terrestrial biosphere. Terrestrial patterns occur in the region where human beings reside and are critical factors in health and illness.
Lecture #9 – Terrestrial Patterns, Part B
Lecture #9 reviews the patterns of space/time motion that occur in the terrestrial biosphere. Terrestrial patterns occur in the region where human beings reside and are critical factors in health and illness.
Lecture #10 – Axial and Radial (jingluo) Patterns
Lecture #10 studies the patterning of axial (jing) and radial (luo) expressions in nature. These patterns are a fundamental template used by nature in the creation of the body and the natural world.
WINTER QUARTER 2021
The Human Body, Anatomy, Circulation Pathways
Lecture #11 – The Human Body
Lecture #11 introduces basic concepts of the human body as described in the Neijing text and begins to develop a clinical viewpoint of the body. Many of these perspectives differ significantly from those given by contemporary biomedicine and modern Chinese medicine.
Lecture #12 – The Mai Rivers
Lecture #12 – introduces the central concepts of the mai (blood) rivers as described by the Neijing text. Many early concepts of human health and illness revolve around the circulation and health of these systems and a thorough understanding of these systems is critical for clinical practice.
Lecture #13 – Regional Features
Lecture #13 introduces the different regional features of the body’s topographical ecology including the body’s springs (泉 quán), streams (谿 streams), marshes (澤 zé), and oceans (海 hǎi).
Lecture #14 – Watershed Courses
Lecture #14 reviews the pathways of the jingmai rivers. These pathways serve as a starting point for a deeper understanding of the circulation physiology described in the Neijing and are critical for clinical practice.
Lecture #15 – The Collateral Rivers
Lecture #15 reviews the circulation pathways of the secondary collateral rivers that feed and support the primary jingmai rivers.
Lecture #16 – The Zang Storage Regions
Lecture #16 reviews the function of the zang storage regions and looks at the key role they play in Neijing clinical medicine.
Lecture #17 – The Fu Transport Regions
Lecture #17 reviews the function of the fu transport regions and looks at the key role they play in Neijing clinical medicine and digestion.
Lecture #18 – Roots, Fruitions, and Expressions
Lecture #18 reviews the anatomical concepts of root (ben), terminal root (gen) and fruition (jie) and examines their locations and clinical expressions.
Lecture #19 – The Sinews and Membranes
Lecture #19 reviews basic concepts of the Neijing sinew (jin) body. The Neijing provides a sophisticated description of the human musculoskeletal and connective tissue body. This includes detailed anatomical descriptions as well as a innovative theoretical understanding of how the body moves through three-dimensional space.
Lecture #20 – The Xue Caverns
Lecture #20 reviews the concept of Xue surface depressions – the precursor of the modern acupuncture point.
SPRING QUARTER 2021
Lecture #21 – Shen
Lecture #21 introduces the key concept of organizing illumination (shen). In the Neijing, shen was seen to be the key foundation of all living systems and the basis for all clinical techniques. This lecture examines the concept of shen by examining various Neijing text passages on the subject.
Lecture #22 – Directional Medicine
Lecture #22 introduces basic concepts of directional medicine (fangyi). Directional medicine views different expressions of health and illness as deeper manifestations of yin yang breath. By regulating different directional aspects (or phases) of this breath health and well-being can be restored.
Lecture #23 – Bi Obstruction Syndromes
Lecture #23 introduces the concept of bi obstruction pathology. In the Neijing, Bi obstructions were understood to be a primary pathology in human illness. Acupuncture therapy was seen as a type of external surgery used to resolve these pathologies.
Lecture #24 – Primary Causes of Human Illness
Lecture #24 reviews the primary causes of human illness as described in the Neijing. This understanding provides a useful and powerful tool to approach clinical problems.
Lecture #25 – Introduction to Physical Diagnosis
Lecture #25 introduces basic principles of physical diagnosis as described in the Neijing including, different levels of clinical perception, aspects of yin yang balance and symmetry and directional presentations of illness.
Lecture #26 – Diagnosis of the Physical Form
Lecture #26 uses the principles of clinical diagnosis to explore the physical body on deeper levels and refine the approach to physical diagnosis.
Lecture #27 – Pulse Diagnosis, Part A
Lecture #27 continues the study of Neijing diagnostic principles by examining techniques of classical pulse diagnosis. Part A examines wrist (cunkou) pulse diagnosis and seasonal pulse qualities.
Lecture #28 – Pulse Diagnosis, Part B
Lecture #28 continues the study of Neijing classical pulse diagnosis by examining the carotid/wrist (renying/maikou) and three region/nine conditions (sanbu/jiuhou) pulse diagnosis systems, two overlooked but useful clinical techniques.
Lecture #29 – The Nine Needles
Lecture #29 introduces the Nine Classical Needles. In the Neijing these needles constitute a surgical kit used to restore the directional circulation of the body and the normal flow of the blood (mai) rivers.
Lecture #30 – Neijing Needle Techniques
Lecture #30 introduces the primary needle techniques described in the Neijing.
SUMMER QUARTER 2021
Lecture #31 – Physician/Patient Relationship
Lecture #31 reviews the physician/patient relationship and clinical encounter and studies the responsibilities of the clinician as described in the Neijing text.
Lecture #32 – The Medical History
Lecture #32 reviews the role of the medical history in Neijing practice. This approach utilizes a narrative timeline to build an understanding of the patients illness narrative.
Lecture #33 – Clinical Decision Making
Lecture #33 reviews the process of clinical decision and the role of physician-level thinking. These skills bring together a variety of concepts previously studied to formulate comprehensive clinical approaches which can be used in patients with complex and life-threatening illnesses.
Lecture #34 – Environmental Illness
Lecture #34 reviews the special challenges related to external environmental invasions These ideas serve as the basis for the treatment of a variety of common global health illnesses.
Lecture #35 – Emotional illnesses
Lecture #35 reviews the special considerations used when dealing with patients with significant emotional problems including depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Lecture #36 – External Therapeutics (Lorraine Wilcox, PhD)
Lecture #36 reviews the uses and indications of moxa therapy as described in the Neijing through the study of text passages. Guest lecturer Lorraine Wilcox, PhD.
Lecture #37 – Bazi Medical Chart Forecasting
Lecture #37 reviews the subject of medical chart forecasting (bazi suanming). Although developed in later dynasties, medical chart forecasting is based on yin yang theory and offers a unique perspective into clinical practice.
Lecture #38 – Heaven and Earth Interactions (wuyun liuqi)
Lecture #38 reviews the study of heaven and earth interactions (wuyun liuqi). These ideas give a deeper understanding into the effects environmental patterns have on human health and illness and helps predict the influences of different times and seasons.
Lecture #39 – Climate change
Lecture #39 reviews the unique challenges health practitioners face when treating patients in the times of climate change. Topics include an examination of the Neijing perspective on climate change and specific clinical strategies that can be used to manage these effects.
Lecture #40 – Clinic Management and Safety
Lecture #40 reviews practical aspects of running a classical Chinese medicine clinic including record keeping, workplace safety and effective communication.
40 Recorded Weekly Lectures – 1 hour per week
Total Recorded Lecture Hours – 40 hours
40 Live Sunday Q&A sessions: 1 hour per week (also available as recordings)
Total Sunday Live Q&A Hours – 40 hours
40 Recorded Ancillary Lectures (Character analysis/text reading) – 30 minutes per week
Total Recorded Lecture Hours – 20 hours
TOTAL CLASSROOM HOURS – 100 hours
plus online discussion time