The Covid-19 outbreak has been a rapidly changing situation that is disrupting all of our lives in different ways. To respond to this we have decided to take the following measures:

  • The upcoming Neijing Medicine 2020/21 online course currently scheduled to begin in April 5th has been postponed until September 20, 2020. Registration is currently open for the Early Start program.
  • Students signing up now for the online course (Early Start) will have access to the first three quarters of last year’s online classes (30 video classes), which they can review as we await the beginning of the course in September.
  • Dr. Neal will begin bi-monthly live online class discussions prior to the start of the course in September to help keep the momentum going until our course begins.
  • We are cancelling the first-year Clinical Practicum currently scheduled to be held at Trout Lake, WA on August 21-26th.
  • Instead, the Clinical Practicum I is now scheduled to be held in Joshua Tree, California on October 30 to November 4th. Clinical Practicum II will be rescheduled for Spring 2021 (dates and location TBD).
  • We understand that many people are suffering financial hardships due to this current situation. To address this, we are offering a Covid-19 scholarship. If you are experiencing significant ongoing economic hardships due to this extraordinary situation but would like to participate in online education in the Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year I) course you may apply for assistance.

EARLY START REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Gain access to the first 3 quarters of videos from 2019/20 course
Full course begins September 20, 2020

Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year I)

AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF THE CORE CONCEPTS OF HUANGDI NEIJING SUWEN AND LINGSHU AND THE CLINICAL PRACTICE OF NEIJING CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE

Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical foundations (Year I) is designed to provide practitioners and students with an in-depth overview of the core concepts of the Huangdi Neijing with a focus on the practice of Neijing classical acupuncture.

Neijing Classical Acupuncture

Written over 2,000 years ago, the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) is the root text of Chinese medicine. All Chinese medical theories ultimately trace their lineage back to these texts. However, these writings have been difficult to interpret. Recent analysis, using computer databases and new research techniques, has unlocked key perspectives and information that have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of Chinese medicine and give new approaches to the treatment of a variety of current global health conditions such as cancer, malaria, tuberculosis and others. This course is based on direct translations and descriptions of this groundbreaking material.

Taking this course has fundamentally changed the way I look at acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and the human body.

Lina B., United States

The Neijing 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., United States

As a student I can say if you are feeling like school is becoming rote and Chinese medicine is a prescription based, automatic procedure, please, take this course.

P.G., United States

The Neijing Practicum provide indispensable knowledge and understanding about the “Neijing body”, practical skills and needle techniques.

Franziska K., Germany

I began this class looking for ways to hone my treatment skills, but what I got out of it was so much more.

Joseph, United States

ABOUT THE COURSE

Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year 1) has been taught for over a decade. The course is taught using a combination of online recorded and live material and onsite clinical teaching practicums.

At the beginning of each week a 1-hour recorded lecture is released on our Canvas online learning environment that students watch according to their schedule and preferences. The following Sunday a live 1-hour discussion period is held with faculty to review and reinforce basic themes and concepts from the lecture. All online material is available as recordings for viewing by students in different timezones or those who have different scheduling needs. In addition, the course features ongoing forum discussions, to allow learners to interact with one another and instructors in real-time. Fundamental concepts are revisited through the process of circular learning so learners build a solid foundation of understanding of the principles and ideas presented in the course. Each week a short quiz is posted in the online learning classroom to monitor student progress and a final exam is given at the end of each academic quarter.

All teaching is based on the Neijing text itself, with original translations supplied by the instructor. No previous knowledge of Chinese language is necessary.

Clinical skills are taught in two 6-day residential clinical retreats in the United States — one in Trout Lake, Washington, and one in Joshua Tree, California.

***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone both Clinical Practicums until after the winter. We are adapting to the changing information and will wait until the Online Lecture Series begins in Fall 2020 to make a better determination of the dates and location. Thank you for understanding.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSE BEGINS: September 20, 2020 |
Early Start Program is OPEN!

COURSE DURATION: 12 Months

COURSE SECTIONS: Online Lecture Series (12 months); Onsite Clinical Practicums I & II (two 6-day clinical intensives offered in the United States)

TIME COMMITMENT: Three hours of lecture material per week during the academic quarter (one hour recorded lecture, one hour live course discussion, ½ hour of text reading recorded lecture and ½ hour in forum participation. Recorded lectures may be viewed according to the students needs and schedule. This course is content-rich and successful students organize and schedule time to participate in the class.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Learn a detailed understanding of the key concepts and theories of the Huangdi Neijing.
  • Learn a strong foundation for lifetime learning in the Chinese medical classics.
  • Learn a detailed overview of the clinical and diagnostic techniques of Neijing classical acupuncture.
  • Learn a solid foundation for advanced clinical studies that begins in the second and third year of training.
  • Build a solid foundation for advanced Neijing research and teaching (if desired)
  • Engage with instructors and other students from around the world in a dynamic, online classroom environment.
  • Build lasting relationships with like-minded students and colleagues interested in Neijing classical medicine.

Full Course begins September 20, 2020
Register Now for Early Start

The Covid-19 outbreak has been a rapidly changing situation that is disrupting all of our lives in different ways. To respond to this we have decided to take the following measures:

  • The upcoming Neijing Medicine 2020/21 online course currently scheduled to begin in April 5th has been postponed until September 20, 2020. Registration is currently open for the Early Start program.
  • Students signing up now for the online course (Early Start) will have access to the first three quarters of last year’s online classes (30 video classes), which they can review as we await the beginning of the course in September.
  • Dr. Neal will begin bi-monthly live online class discussions prior to the start of the course in September to help keep the momentum going until our course begins.
  • We are cancelling the first-year Clinical Practicum currently scheduled to be held at Trout Lake, WA on August 21-26th.
  • Instead, the Clinical Practicum I is now scheduled to be held in Joshua Tree, California on October 30 to November 4th. Clinical Practicum II will be rescheduled for Spring 2021 (dates and location TBD).
  • We understand that many people are suffering financial hardships due to this current situation. To address this, we are offering a Covid-19 scholarship. If you are experiencing significant ongoing economic hardships due to this extraordinary situation but would like to participate in online education in the Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year I) course you may apply for assistance.

COURSE INFORMATION

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
Clinical Principles

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
Special Topics

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. 

COURSE TOTALS

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

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ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

Begins September 20, 2020
Approximately 40 Recorded Lecture hours; 40 Live Q&A hours

LECTURELECTURE DATESUNDAY Q&A DATE   
NEIJING 2020 COURSE BEGINS 9/20/2020
AUTUMN QUARTER BEGINS 4/5/2020
Class WelcomeSeptember 20, 2020n/a
Lecture #1 Intro to Neijing MedicineSeptember 27, 2020October 4, 2020
Lecture #2 Classical Text ScholarshipOctober 4, 2020October 11, 2020
Lecture #3 History of Early ChinaOctober 11, 2020October 18, 2020
Lecture #4 History of the Neijing TextOctober 18, 2020November 8, 2020
Lecture #5 Introduction to Neijing Space-Time TheoryNovember 8, 2020November 15, 2020
Lecture #6 Celestial Patterns - Part ANovember 15, 2020November 22, 2020
Lecture #7 Celestial Patterns - Part BNovember 22, 2020November 29, 2020
Lecture #8 Terrestiral Patterns - Part ANovember 29, 2020December 6, 2020
Lecture #9 Terrestiral Patterns - Part BDecember 6, 2020December 13, 2020
Lecture #10 Axial and Radial (Jingluo) PatternsDecember 13, 2020December 20, 2020
Final ExamDecember 20, 2020
Winter Break beginsDecember 20, 2020
Winter Break endsJanuary 17, 2021
WINTER QUARTER BEGINS 1/17/21
Lecture #11 The Human BodyJanuary 17, 2021January 24, 2021
Lecture #12 The Mai RiversJanuary 24, 2021January 31, 2021
Lecture #13 Regional FeaturesJanuary 31, 2021February 7, 2021
Lecture #14 Watershed CoursesFebruary 7, 2021February 14, 2021
Lecture #15 The Collateral RiversFebruary 14, 2021February 21, 2021
Lecture #16 The Zang Storage OrgansFebruary 21, 2021February 28, 2021
Lecture #17 The Fu Transport OrgansFebruary 28, 2021March 7, 2021
Lecture #18 Roots, Fruitions and ExpressionsMarch 7, 2021March 14, 2021
Lecture #19 The Sinews and MembranesMarch 14, 2021March 21, 2021
Lecture #20 The Xue CavernsMarch 21, 2021March 28, 2021
Final ExamMarch 28, 2021
Spring Break beginsMarch 28, 2021
Spring Break endsApril 18, 2021
SPRING QUARTER BEGINS 4/18/21
Lecture #21 ShenApril 18, 2021April 25, 2021
Lecture #22 Directional MedicineApril 25, 2021May 2, 2021
Lecture #23 Bi ObstructionsMay 2, 2021May 9, 2021
Lecture #24 Primary Causes of Human IllnessMay 9, 2021May 16, 2021
Lecture #25 Introduction to Physical DiagnosisMay 16, 2021May 23, 2021
Lecture #26 Diagnosis of the Physical FormMay 23, 2021May 30, 2021
Lecture #27 Pulse Diagnosis Part AMay 30, 2021June 6, 2021
Lecture #28 Pulse Diagnosis Part BJune 6, 2021June 13, 2021
Lecture #29 The Nine NeedlesJune 13, 2021June 20, 2021
Lecture #30 Neijing Needle TechniquesJune 20, 2021June 27, 2021
Final ExamJune 27, 2021
Summer Break beginsJune 27, 2021
Summer Break endsJuly 18, 2021
SUMMER QUARTER BEGINS 7/18/21
Lecture #31 Physician/Patient RelationshipJuly 18, 2021July 25, 2021
Lecture #32 The Medical HistoryJuly 25, 2021August 1, 2021
Lecture #33 Clinical Decision MakingAugust 1, 2021August 8, 2021
Lecture #34 Envirionmental IllnessesAugust 8, 2021August 15, 2021
Lecture #35 Emotional IllnessesAugust 15, 2021August 22, 2021
Lecture #36 External TherapiesAugust 22, 2021August 29, 2021
Lecture #37 Bazi Medical Chart ForecastingAugust 29, 2021September 5, 2021
Lecture #38 Heaven and Earth InteractionsSeptember 5, 2021September 12, 2021
Lecture #39 Climate ChangeSeptember 12, 2021September 19, 2021
Lecture #40 Clinic Management and SafetySeptember 19, 2021September 26, 2021
Final ExamSeptember 26, 2021
Course EndsSeptember 26, 2021

CLINICAL PRACTICUMS

UNITED STATES

Clinical Practicum I: Spring 2021 (TBD)
Clinical Practicum II: Spring/Summer 2021 (TBD)

*Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone both Clinical Practicums until after the winter. We are adapting to the changing information and will wait until the Online Lecture Series begins in Fall 2020 to make a better determination of the dates and location. Thank you for understanding.

EUROPE

Clinical Practicums will not be offered in the EU this year

PRICING

Tuition costs are reviewed annually to ensure that student fees are equitable and teachers research and preparation work is compensated. For the 2020/21 year, student tuition is $48.75 USD/hr for online lectures and $28.00 USD/hr for onsite clinical training courses.

All prices are listed in US dollars.

EARLY START PRE-REGISTRATION: $750 (Professionals, Students, Returning Participants)

If you are registering for Early Start to gain access to the first 10 lectures from the current course, the cost is the same regardless of your registration status/class. The $750 deposit will be applied to your tuition, regardless of whether you choose the Pay in Full or Payment Plan option. If you choose the Payment Plan option, your Early Start pre-registration deposit will be applied equally to your payments.

COURSE SECTIONPROFESSIONALSTUDENTRETURNING PARTICIPANT
Online Lecture Series$4,000.00$2,575.00$2,000.00
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (US) ‡$6000.00$3,770.00$2,900.00
Clinical Practicum I (US) - Spring 2021 (TBD) † **$1,400.00$700.00$700.00
Clinical Practicum II (US) - Spring/Summer 2021 (TBD) † **$1,400.00$700.00$700.00
NOTE: There are no Clinical Practicums in the EU this year.

* Limited number of scholarships available if you volunteer in your community serving an underserved population or have other extenuating circumstances.
Based on space availability (US: 25 participants). This discount applies only to classes that students have been taken before and are taking again.
** Clinical Practicum I and II dates and location TBD due to changes as a result of COVID-19 crisis.
This amounts to an approximately 10% discount on the entire package. Must enroll in the Online Lecture Series and both Onsite Clinical Practicums in order to receive this discount.

PAYMENT PLANS

We offer a payment plan option to pay for your course. There is a 4% maintenance/lender fee added on to your FIRST installment payment if you choose to enroll in the payment plan option. This covers our fees for managing the multiple payments and the financial risk we take in order to secure facilities and make travel arrangements for Onsite Clinical Practicums.

Tuition payment plans are paid in 1 deposit and 4 installments. The payment schedule is as follows:

Deposit – $750 – Due at time of registration
1st Payment / 25% of balance due – September 20, 2020
2nd Payment / 25% of balance due – December 1, 2020
3rd Payment / 25% of balance due –  March 1, 2021
4th Payment / 25% of balance due – June 1, 2021

The credit or debit card you use to pay the deposit will be kept on file in a secure location and charged automatically.

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for all payments until the full tuition of their enrolled course(s) is paid, whether they finish the course or not. If you have a problem completing the class please contact us so we can help you find ways to complete your studies. We can work with you to make up missed classes through recordings or apply to continue in a future course.

REFUND POLICY

Tuition refunds are given as follows:

  • Deposit/Early Start payment – non-refundable
  • 15 days prior to first class – 100% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
  • 1 day prior to first class – 75% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
  • After first class – no refund

If you sign up for a payment plan and drop out of the course, you are still responsible for the balance due less your refund amount.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Students and practitioners with current student loans greater than $75,000 and practitioners working in underserved areas can apply for scholarship assistance. Scholarship applications are collected and reviewed prior to the start of the class. Scholarships are limited.

This discount is available for the Online Lecture Series only. Due to the site costs of Clinical Practicums, discounts cannot be offered for these classes.

The scholarship amount is determined by Dr. Neal and is based on a number of factors:

  1. The kind and extent of the work you do.
  2. Any student loan balance that you may carry.
  3. The cost of living in the country you work in.
  4. The amount of people applying in a given year.

Interested participants must file an application to be reviewed before receiving these scholarship discounts. We review applications on a rolling basis.

TUITION REDUCTION

Students and professionals living in a country with a lower per capita income should apply for course tuition reductions by contacting us through the website.

Onsite Clinical Practicums

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone both Clinical Practicums until after the winter. We are adapting to the changing information and will wait until the Online Lecture Series begins in Fall 2020 to make a better determination of the dates and location. Thank you for understanding.

Clinical Practicums DO NOT include the cost of accommodations, travel, meals or transportation to/from the event site. Participants should consider these added costs when making plans to attend the retreat. Please contact us with any questions.

Clinical Practicum I

Tentatively Scheduled for Spring 2021

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone Clinical Practicum I until after the winter. We are adapting to the changing information and will wait until the Online Lecture Series begins in Fall 2020 to make a better determination of the dates and location. Thank you for understanding.

Clinical Practicum II

Tentatively Scheduled for Spring/Summer 2021

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone Clinical Practicum II until after the winter. We are adapting to the changing information and will wait until the Online Lecture Series begins in Fall 2020 to make a better determination of the dates and location. Thank you for understanding.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Clinical Practicums are held at retreat sites that provide on-site accommodations. In choosing retreat settings we try and find locations that offer reasonable accommodations costs. These costs vary from site to site and are NOT included in the cost of the course tuitions listed on this site. Participants should consider these added costs when making plans to attend the class.

MEALS

Clinical Practicums are held at retreat sites that provide on-site meals. In choosing retreat settings we try and find locations that offer reasonable accommodations costs. These costs vary from site to site and are NOT included in the cost of the course tuitions listed on this site. Participants should consider these added costs when making plans to attend the class.

All meals are arranged using onsite catering during our Onsite Clinical Practicums. If you have a dietary concern, please make sure to let us know in advance.

TRAVEL

While we are often able to coordinate ride shares to and from the retreat location, students are responsible for ALL transportation costs otherwise, including airfare to the most accessible airport nearest the retreat center.

PREREQUISITES

No prerequisites are required for the online lectures. Students wishing to participate in clinical skills during Clinical Practicums must be medically licensed in the locality in which they live, or must be currently enrolled in a recognized training program. Acceptable medical licenses or training programs include LAc, MD, PA/FNP and RN.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS (2020/21)

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR
Edward Neal, MD

GUEST INSTRUCTORS
Lorraine Wilcox, PhD (Moxabustion and External Therapies)
Dominique Hertzer, PhD (Sinology)

TEACHING ASSISTANTS
These are long-term students of the course who supervise the small discussion groups online and participate in the course with current students. They are available as a resource to help students in their learning process. TBD for the 2020/21 course.

COURSE CONTENT, MATERIALS USE, AND AUTHORIZATION

Access to course lectures and materials is granted to individuals who are officially registered and whose course tuition has been received. Unauthorized sharing or use of course material will result in termination from the course without a tuition refund. Unauthorized sharing, copying, broadcasting or use of material in research, publications, or other media venues without prior written permission is strictly prohibited and grounds for dismissal from the course and/or legal action.

PROFESSIONALISM

Clinical medicine requires a high degree of ethics and professionalism. All teachers and course participants are held to the same standard of professional and ethical behavior. Although rare, participants may be expelled from classes for unprofessional, disrespectful or unsafe behavior at anytime without prior warning. Such decisions are made at the discretion of the teacher and are not subject to review or appeal. If a student is expelled for such behavior, no refund will be given.

CLASS SAFETY

Clinical training involves a variety of learning experiences from diagnostic exercises to physical palpation and needle insertion. Although instructors work hard to ensure the safety of the learning environment it is impossible to supervise all students at every moment. Because of this, student participants must take responsibility for their own self-wellness. Anytime a participant feels uncomfortable or unsure of what is happening or has an adverse reaction to an exercise, they should withdraw and notify the attending teacher. Participants should not involve themselves in activities that personally feel unsafe, invasive or uncomfortable. If a student feels tired or ill, they should excuse themselves, contact the teacher and refrain from participating in the activity. Acupuncture carries inherent risks. Students should not perform techniques observed in clinical demonstrations until they have been properly demonstrated and reviewed. In general, when learning new needle techniques students should avoid treating between the seventh cervical vertebrae and the second lumbar vertebrae in the thorax or in the axilla unless specifically directed. All needles must be accounted for and properly disposed of within an appropriate sharps container.

I’m concerned about COVID-19 (coronavirus). Should you still be offering this course?

Yes indeed! The Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year I) is an online distance learning course, though there are two in-person Clinical Practicums offered for as optional add-ons to each yearly cohort, though we have postponed the dates those will be held until Spring and Summer 2021. We have pushed back the start date of the 2020-21 course to September 20, 2020 in order to give everyone a chance to focus on their lives, families, communities, and clinical practices right now considering the uncertainty the pandemic presents. More importantly, Chinese medicine is an epidemic medicine; it is wired for these times. This course will only enhance the depth with which you understand and practice the medicine.

Is this course right for me?

This is an information-rich course. Students who do well in this course have a genuine interest in the early Chinese medical texts and theories and are willing to put in time for study and participation. Students who are hoping to learn a few quick techniques are likely to be disappointed and will find the study excessive. That being said it is not necessary for students to have extensive clinical experience or speak Chinese. This course is applicable to students who are beginning their studies in Chinese medicine as long as there is a genuine interest in the medical classics.

What is Early Start?

“Early Start” is a way for you to gain advanced access to the online classroom and the foundational material months before the course officially begins in September 20, 2020.

In the past, first time students have reported that being exposed to the material in advance of the first class was extremely helpful for their learning. We’re offering access to the first 10 recorded lectures of the 2019/2020 course for study and preparation beginning on December 1, 2019. Your early registration payment will be applied to the tuition cost, regardless of the payment option you choose. With the advance payment, you’ll have access to an entire academic quarter’s worth of lectures, and then proceed with the new update material and lectures when the course begins on September 20, 2020.

Pay the “Early Start” deposit ($750) before September 1, 2020 to gain access to the online classroom and the first 3 quarters of lectures, approximately 30 videos. Your payment will apply towards the total tuition cost. Alternatively you can pay the total tuition cost before March 15, 2020 and you’re automatically enrolled in Early Start. Early Start began December 1, 2019.

What if I am having technical difficulties with online lectures or other content?

We use the latest in streaming and video conferencing technology, so while we don’t anticipate any technical issues, the instructor will provide contact information at the beginning of the class which can be used to address any technical problems.

May I record class material for personal use?

Yes, unless specified, teaching material (except online video lectures) audio recordings can be used for personal review and study. If excerpted translations are used for teaching, research or professional publications, users must first contact the teacher/ translator directly to review usage and give prior written consent.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, payment plans are offered as an option during checkout. Participants can choose to have their tuition divided into 4 installments.

The payment plan due dates are as follows:

Deposit: $350 or $750 – Due at time of registration
1st Payment / 25% of balance due – September 20, 2020
2nd Payment / 25% of balance due – December 1, 2020
3rd Payment / 25% of balance due –  March 1, 2021
4th Payment / 25% of balance due – June 1, 2021

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for all payments until the full tuition of their enrolled course(s) is paid, whether they finish the course or not. If you have a problem completing the class please contact us so we can help you find ways to complete your studies. We can work with you to make up missed classes through recordings or apply to continue in a future course.

Can I take the lecture series this year and take the on-site clinical training at another time?

Yes, this is possible when space is available.

Can I take the lecture portion if the class without participating in the on-site clinical training?

Yes, however students wishing to enroll in advanced clinical must complete all on-site clinical practicums prior to enrollment.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of this class?

Students who who participate fully and complete all course lecture material, quizzes, final exams (with a score 0f 75% or better) and evaluations will receive a certificate of completion in Neijing Studies from the Xinglin Institute for East Asian Medical Research.

What if I need a course refund?

Tuition refunds are given as follows:

Deposit/Early Start deposit – non-refundable
15 days prior to first class – 100% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
1 day prior to first class – 75% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
after first class – no refund

EARLY START Pre-Registration deposit is non-refundable, however it will be applied to your total tuition cost of the course.

Are CME/CEU/PDA credits offered for these classes?

In the United States, classes are accredited by the NCCAOM for Professional Development Activity credit. For live or recorded online lectures, students must sign into the online classroom to be documented and complete a post lecture quiz with a score of 75% or better. In order to receive credit for onsite clinical training, participants must sign-in daily.

Does my tuition at live clinical sessions include room and boarding?

When live Clinical Practicums are offered as an add-on to the Online Lecture Series, we work to identify retreat centers in beautiful natural settings that offer various lodging options to provide budget flexibility for students. We also arrange vegetarian catering for onsite meals. Students also have the option to arrange outside lodging and meals however these options may be limited in some locations. Lodging and food options and costs vary by site location and are not included in course tuition. Prior to clinical classes a list of lodging and food options is sent to all students.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone both Clinical Practicums until after the winter. We are adapting to the changing information and will wait until the Online Lecture Series begins in Fall 2020 to make a better determination of the dates and location. Thank you for understanding.

Can I attend one live clinical training session in the US and one in Europe?

Yes, course material is identical in the US and Europe. Students from the US and Europe may take clinical training at either location (space permitted), though for the 2020-21 course, Clinical Practicums will only be held in the US.

Can I complete the course by watching recordings and attending onsite clinical trainings only?

Yes, due to scheduling conflicts many students participate in the course by watching recorded material. Completion of the full class does include participation in both six-day clinical training sessions.

Are classes taught in Europe?

Yes, European students may complete the course by viewing online live and recorded content and attending clinical on-site practicums given in Europe.

What if I cannot complete the class in the time allowed?

All course material except material taught at live onsite clinical training locations is made available as online recorded lectures. Students have six months after classes end to review and study course material in their own time.

Where are onsite practicums taught?

When they are offered, onsite practicums are taught in two residential six-day sessions. In the United States sessions are held in Washington State (near Portland, Oregon) and Joshua Tree, California. In Europe, specific retreat centers are chosen traditionally based on their ability to meet the course and participant needs. The retreat centers are generally located in Western Europe (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy…), though for the 2020-21 course there are no Clinical Practicums being offered in Europe.

At the end of the course will I be able to implement Neijing practice in my office fully?

Neijing Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year I) is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction in Neijing studies in preparation for advanced clinical training in year two. While students do learn diagnostic skills and needle techniques in Level I, which they can begin to use in their practice, this class is designed to provide a theoretical basis for life-long learning in Neijing classical medicine and should not be seen as imparting advanced comprehensive clinical skills.

How are costs calculated?

Cost are reviewed annually to ensure that student costs are equitable and teachers research and preparation work is compensated. For the 2020/21 course, student tuition was $48.75 USD/hr for online lectures and $28.00 USD/hr for onsite clinical training courses. A 10% fee is added for international teaching to offset travel costs. Students, practitioners with current student loans greater than $75,000 and practitioners working in underserved areas (please contact us to review the latter) receive a discount (to be determined by our office). Please contact us with any questions.

Do I need to be able to read Chinese to take this course?

While these texts are written in a classical Chinese, a majority of students taking this class have no experience with the Chinese. All required English translations are provided and reviewed by the instructors.

What is Neijing Classical Acupuncture?

Neijing classical acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system based on writings in early Chinese medical texts used to treat illnesses of all types of severity. It is based on detailed descriptions of patterns of Nature and the extrapolations of these observations to the human body. In these texts, acupuncture needles were used to regulate the body’s tissue planes and restore the vascular circulation. This allows the body to restore its inherent healing potential.

What is the Huangdi Neijing?

The Huangdi Neijing, or Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic is a compilation of medical writings from early China. It has been the unifying source text of Chinese medicine theory and practice for several thousand years. Written as a series of discussion between the Yellow Emperor and his ministers, in its current form the text consists of two sections, the Suwen ‘Plain Questions’ and Lingshu ‘Divine Pivot’. The former speaks primarily of basic medical theory and practice while the latter is the original text of acupuncture.

About the Early Start Program

EARLY START is a way to gain advanced access to the online classroom and the foundational material months before the course begins on September 20, 2020.

Your Early Start registration deposit will be applied to the tuition cost, regardless of the payment option you choose. You’ll have access to three academic quarter’s worth of foundational lectures (30 from the 2019/2020 course), and then proceed with fresh material and lectures when the full course begins.

Note: Early Start deposits are non-refundable.

What People Are Saying

The clinical practicums in Spain and France 2019 changed my practice of acupuncture completely. I enjoyed the link between the 2,000 year old Neijing and modern anatomy. I loved learning old needle techniques. I felt well supervised when I treated myself and I experienced the big effects of the treatments that I received. It was great to spend all this time together with Ed and the wonderful group of all very professional practitioners. I am very grateful for this special experience.

Claudia Rohrmann-Hansing, Bielefeld, Germany

The Nei Jing Level 1 class is a magic school bus ride into the roots of Chinese Medicine and the Universe at large that will blow your mind! Dr. Neal is the Kung Fu Panda Papa Smurf I never knew I needed. Fundamental questions about the Universe that have been subversively itching my brain for years have been answered but in such a way that just gives me the tools to understand them. I still have to do the work which is how real learning is done. The kind of learning that imprints in your bones and permeates through your every breath. This allows you to breath the medicine and treat with your whole being not just solve a puzzle. Dr. Neal and his assistants have made me feel throughout this process that they are absolutely invested in me personally understanding these principles of life and medicine. They are supportive, kind, dedicated, and simply amazing people. I feel blessed to have found them and have them as part of my community.

Amituofo 阿彌陀佛
(in recognition of your infinite light)

Lukas

Taking this course has fundamentally changed the way I look at acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and the human body. Neijing medicine is a beautiful and grounded explanation of how the laws of the natural world influence our health and offers a tangible clinical understanding of how our bodies are an extension of our environment. The material, while expansive in nature, is presented in a well-organized and accessible way. Taking part in this program goes far beyond learning a few tools to add to your clinical toolbox; it’s given me a new perspective of what it means to be a practitioner of Chinese Medicine and an incredible community to explore this profound medicine alongside.

Lina Bardovi

The Neijing 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.

Dr. Neal’s translations and understanding of the Neijing text gives practitioners in the field of Chinese medicine a differing perspective on how to treat illness in the body that produces remarkable results.

I look forward to continuing studying Neijing Medicine theory and utilizing the treatment approaches in my future practice. Thank you to Dr. Neal and the unparalleled work he has done to help us understand the Neijing text and how to better ourselves as healthcare practitioners.

Stephanie Holmes

The Neijing Practicum provide indispensable knowledge and understanding about the “Neijing body”, practical skills and needle techniques.

Back home in my practice I started to look at my patients with Neijing eyes.

Franziska Kohlmüller

Studying the Neijing with Dr. Neal has been like peeling back a curtain. His translation of the Neijing is remarkably straightforward, yet shines a new, modern light on what I’ve come to realize is a rich and still-relevant classic text. I came away from the course with a deeper understanding of the very basic principles of Chinese medicine and also its vast complexity. I think this richness and beauty of our medicine can too easily be undervalued or even dismissed altogether in any modern practice–no matter how successful—and what I once viewed as somewhat archaic and cryptic has instead become an inspiration and axis around which my work now revolves.

A.G., Acupuncturist, Member - Oregon State Medical Board

I have been in practice for over 15 years as well as teaching Chinese medicine philosophy, theory and practice. Dr Neal”s course has been an eye opener, as he talked about many areas I had wondered about, but mostly as he combined my interests in philosophy and classical Chinese and rooted Chinese medicine firmly in the classics. He then proceeded to apply it… Amazing!

D.W., Acupuncturist, Teacher
Dr. Neal has a gift for teaching. From the first 5 minutes listening to him, I could tell that I was about to have my whole world flipped upside down. His lectures are beautifully crafted as he takes unbelievably complex material and relays it in a way that a 6-year old could understand it. I began this class looking for ways to hone my treatment skills, but what I got out of it was so much more. Dr. Neal opened my eyes to how nature works and how the universe patterns itself and that is a gift for which I am forever in gratitude. He is absolutely inspiring. He is definitely an inspiration to me.
Joseph, Acupuncturist, father
This class brought it all together for me. I got plenty of techniques and protocols in school, but there has been a gaping hole in my soul craving the “why?!” and this class cuts right to the heart of it all. Dr. Neal doesn’t shy away from the “why?!” question for a moment; instead he goes right into it. Everything is explained in a way that is rooted and makes sense, and somehow because of that it all becomes even more magical! The ancient Chinese were looking at the same body that we are looking at today! Why in the world would we not approach Chinese Medicine like they were looking at the same thing we are looking at? Where did we get so far off-track that most Chinese Medicine graduates can’t confidently answer basic questions like “What is qi?” and “What are the jingmai?” Dr. Neal is rocking the Chinese Medicine world right now by asking the “why?” question and I am so glad that he is. Chinese Medicine theory and practice has never made more sense than it does now and I can very confidently look patients and other practitioners (Western and Eastern) in the eye and tell them exactly what I’m doing and why it makes incredible sense. Thank you so much, Dr. Neal. You have completely changed my practice and opened up a whole world for me. I’ve never been more excited about practicing Chinese Medicine.
J.F., Acupuncturist, Clinic Director

As a student I can say if you are feeling like school is becoming rote and Chinese medicine is a prescription based, automatic procedure, please, take this course. It will revive and nourish the very reason that brought you to school. In my second year I found myself doubting the medicine I had once loved. Where was the elegant and complex theory of our earth and cosmos? Where was the intricate vision of how we are inextricably bound to its subtle and vast movement?

When I saw Dr. Neal’s introduction to this course I knew I had rediscovered what originally brought me to this medicine. The most powerful techniques available to us reside in our mother text. The Neijing is at once pragmatic and cosmic. Each class is an illumination.

Dr. Neal is an unparalleled lecturer. He does not waste time in unhelpful tangents. He is clear, concise, and artful in his explication of incredibly difficult concepts. He is a treasure to our medicine.

Finally, the practicums accelerated my ability far beyond my expectations. It is incredible to watch Dr. Neal as a clinician. His skill and grace with patients imparted a sense of confidence that I lacked. Now I I am able to see critical issues in patients that I previously overlooked. And this is only the basics of the first year!

This course will change your life. It will revive in you the possibility of being the practitioner you always wanted to be.

P. G.

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