Oregon College of Oriental Medicine just opened Winter registration for their Introduction to Chinese Medicine course. Following the successful debut of this noncredit class last Fall, OCOM is excited to bring it back beginning Monday, February 7, via Zoom. 

Introducing Chinese medical theories, treatments, history, the basics of holism, and research, participants will learn about acupoints, herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, gua sha, cupping, and bleeding. Dietary therapy, channel system, organ networks, along with yin/yang theory, Chinese pathology, and concepts of qi will be explored as well. 

Are you a prospective student, applicant, family or friend of someone looking at Chinese medicine schools? Have you been helped by Chinese medicine and you’d like to learn more? Or, are you an alum who would value introducing the medicine to more of your patients? Are you in a career exploratory class, a pre-med club member, or perhaps a health, career, or college advisor helping students decide which careers to pursue? If so, this class is for you!

This five-week class is made up of highly esteemed OCOM faculty members, including two chairs, all teaching their specialized perspectives via lecture, demonstration, and discussion. 

Join us Monday evenings, February 7 through March 7, 2022, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM Pacific, via Zoom.

OCOM faculty will lecture on the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Chinese theories of the body: channel system, organ networks, yin/yang theory, Chinese pathology, concepts of qi, blood, and jing
  2. Introduction to Chinese diagnostic methods: pulse and tongue diagnosis, 10 questions, palpation (channel and abdomen); and microsystems (ear, face, hand, and foot)
  3. Introduction to Chinese treatment modalities: herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, gua sha, cupping, and bleeding
  4. Introduction to the history of Chinese medicine: Taoism and the gentleman scholar, major texts, famous physicians, current practice
  5. Basics of Holism in Chinese medicine: Dietary therapy; treatment according to person, place, and season; internal and external causes of illness; balance as optimum health
  6. Research and Chinese medicine: Empiricism, recent findings from controlled trials, and biomedical approaches to understanding Chinese medicine.

Throughout the course, participants will discuss Chinese medical practices and the legally defined  scope of practice. Each individual will be encouraged to reflect on the nature of wellness from a Chinese medical point of view and each class is designed to offer mindfulness exercises that cultivate body awareness. Opportunities to learn the location of selected acupoints and the therapeutic properties of dietary choices will be identified, and recommended reading and web resource tools will be offered for further study. 

If these topics and learning objectives resonate with you, consider joining us. 

Register today or contact Anna Grace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.