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Two Year Intensive Chinese Herbal Medicine Course: Year 1

Course Dates/Times:
October 2019 - October 2020
Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sundays 9:00 - 4:30 pm
156.0 contact hours
CEU Approval:
156 NCCAOM CEUs pending
Open to licensed acupuncturists. 3rd year students will be considered and need to call Cindy at 206-409-6157 to discuss eligibility.
Register by August 5, 2019 and receive a discount.
Early Registration by August 5, 2019 - $3700.00
Cost after August 5, 2019 - $3900.00
Course Location:
Seattle, Washington
North Seattle area TBA   Map

(option for installment payments is available)

Course Description:

This is the 1st year of a 2-year program of study in Chinese herbal medicine. The course is appropriate for licensed acupuncture practitioners and 3rd year acupuncture students, or for herbalists seeking to review and deepen their diagnostic skills and increase the clinical effectiveness of their herbal treatment. Classes are small in order to encourage questions, discussion, and a mentorship style education.

In year 1 of the program basic materia medica and formulas are covered with emphasis on real clinical case application and a patient centered perspective. Single herbs and formulas are taught together in an integrated system along with attention to deepening diagnostic skills and pattern discrimination. Year 2 of the program focuses on the application of formulas and modifications for a wide variety of disorders.

Participants will:
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of Chinese herbs and formulas
  • Learn to assess clinical patient situations with detailed diagnostics and modify herbal formulas accordingly
  • Develop and deepen effective diagnostic skills that address the complex clinical reality that our patients often present
  • Understand how to work with herbs in conjunction with Western approaches

The primary instructor for this course is Cindy Micleu LAc. who will be teaching the core formulas and herbs. In order to provide particular depth and insight, guest instructors will be coming in year 2 of the course to teach in their specialties, sharing their perspectives, experience, and deep understanding.

Please note:
The NCCAOM does not certify any herb program in the country that is not taught within a full accredited masters degree school. Therefore upon completing the Jade Institute herb program you will NOT qualify to sit for the NCCAOM herb exam. If you feel you need the NCCAOM herb certification, this is not the course for you.

However please understand that most states in the country, including Washington state, do not require the NCCAOM herb exam to practice herbal medicine. It is well documented and agreed upon by the organizations and legal representatives for our profession, that if a state ever decides to change its regulation and require the national accreditation, every acupuncture practitioner that is licensed at the time of that change will be grandfathered in to be able to practice herbal medicine legally without further training or exams.

Course Features:

The first year of this course is held on one weekend every 4 weeks, for a total of 12 weekends and 180 hours of instruction. Class size will be limited in order to facilitate engaged learning through class discussion and individualized instruction.

  • Students will be given study guides, self tests, and case studies to guide their learning in between weekend classes
  • Class recordings are posted on a private student website for review or if class time is missed
  • Class notes, relevant journal articles, and extra reference materials will also be available on the student website throughout the course
  • Students will have access to case consultation with the instructor outside of classroom time

Course and Topic Schedule

Weekend 1: Tonify Qi and Blood
October 5 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
October 6 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Introduction to materia medica herb properties including methods of treatment, herb channels, temperatures, directions, and formula design. Herbs and formulas that tonify qi, tonify blood, tonify qi and blood. Case discussion.
Weekend 2: Drain and Transform Dampness
November 2 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
November 3 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Dosaging herbs for different situations, body types, times of day, etc., methods of delivery, Dui Yao (herb pairs). Herbs and formulas that drain dampness, clear heat and damp, transform damp aromatically. Case discussion.
Weekend 3: Release the Exterior
December 7 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
December 8 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Formula strategies, treating by season, environment, and constitution. Function of herb flavors. Herbs and formulas that release the exterior wind cold, wind heat, and Shaoyang. Case discussion.
Weekend 4: Clear Heat, Fire, and Toxicity
January 4 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
January 5 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Herb suppliers, growing and collecting herbs, the future of Chinese herbs in the West. Herbs and formulas that clear heat drain fire, clear heat resolve toxicity, clear summerheat, clear lingering heat. Case discussion.
Weekend 5: Drain Downward, Warm Interior
February 1 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
February 2 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Pao Zhi (special preparations of herbs). Herbs and formulas that clear heat from organs, drain downward, moisten and unblock, warm the interior and expel cold. Case discussion.
Weekend 6: Transform Phlegm, Stop Cough
March 7 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
March 8 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cautions and contrindications. Herbs and formulas that cool and transform phlegm, clear heat and transform phlegm, stop cough and wheezing. Case discussion.
Weekend 7: Internal and External Wind
April 4 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
April 5 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Herb ethics and ecology, herb safety issues, endangered species, medicinal mushrooms. Herbs and formulas that dispel wind dampness, and extinguish internal wind. Case discussion.
Weekend 8: Regulate and Harmonize Qi
May 2 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
May 3 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Herbs and formulas that harmonize, regulate qi, harmonize the Stomach and Intestines, regulate the Spleen and Liver, and direct rebellious qi downward. Case discussion.
Weekend 9: Regulate the Blood
June 6 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
June 7 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Diagnosing blood stasis. Herbs and formulas that regulate the blood, and regulate the blood and stop bleeding. Case discussion.
Weekend 10: Nourish Yin, Moisten Dryness
August 1 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
August 2 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Herbs and formulas that gently disperse and moisten dryness, enrich yin and moisten dryness, nourish and tonify yin, clear heat from deficiency. Case discussion.
Weekend 11: Tonify Yang, Dispel Cold
September 12 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
September 13 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Herbs and formulas that tonify the yang, warm the interior and dispel cold, rescue devastated yang, and secure the essence. Review of herbs and formulas to date. Case discussion.
Weekend 12: Nourish Heart, Calm Spirit
October 3 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
October 4 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Discussing the challenges of running an herbal practice. Herbs and formulas that relieve food stagnation, calm and anchor the Spirit, nourish the Heart, and open the orifices. Review of herbs and formulas to date. Case discussion

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