Chinese Medical Theory 101

One must have the basic framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to truly understand the reasoning behind the treatment methods of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho; both the hand placements and the Tui Na like techniques (a.k.a. “the Reiki finish”). One cannot use any other framework but Asian Medicine and expect to grasp the meaning behind the treatment methods. In other words, one cannot use the Yogic system with its chakra system, to understand Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho which has its basis in Asian Medicine. One has to use the correct origination system for understanding the Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho system. Similarly, one would need to study Latin to gain an understanding of the Romance Language such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian. One cannot study Chinese for example and expect to gain an understanding of these Romance languages which originate from Latin.

This is not to state that one cannot give a professional and effective Reiki treatment without first having studied Asian Medicine. Quite the contrary, it is because of the simplicity and treatment instructions given in the First Degree course that an effective treatment can be given without this knowledge.

However, studying Asian Medicine leads to the depth at which one understands why certain areas of the body, seemingly unrelated at times, have an effect on each other; for example, the relationship between the liver and the eyes. Studying Asian Medicine helps foster the understanding and logic of the treatment methods used in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho. If this is something you are interested in, this course is for you!

Course Format: Asynchronous

You may take this course either in person or online.

Classes will normally meet live twice per week for approximately 12 weeks (24 classes total). Each class will meet for 90 minutes. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the recorded video of the lecture at a later time. However, watching the course live is recommended so that you may ask questions during the lecture.

This class will teach the basic theories in Traditional Chinese Medicine. “Basic theories” does not mean simple or easy to learn. In means you will learn the foundation of thought and philosophy of the medicine – starting with Yin/Yang theory. Theory comes first – before anything else can be understood in TCM. Once you understand the theories of TCM we will move onto learning the Meridians. Armed with this knowledge, the reasoning for the hand positions used in the system of Reiki will become more clear. We will also exam  some of Takata’s and the Usui Kai’s (formerly known as the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) other teachings that come directly from Asian Medical Theory.

By understanding the basic theories of TCM you will also learn how to live more harmoniously with nature (which is a key component of health and happiness).

This class will require home study, reading assignments, quizzes, and examinations. In other words, you must actively be willing to learn. You must pass exams along the way. Expect this class to be taught at a college or graduate school level.

So, if this excites you and the excessive amount of work/study doesn’t scare you off, e-mail me and tell me about your interest.

Price: $1,200

Course Materials:

The book covers may look different depending on the edition. Most of these books can be picked up for less than $5.

REQUIRED: The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk. All the chapters plus Appendix F which in the second edition contain more info on the 5 phases; this may or may not be included in other editions. Any addition of this book is fine though.

REQUIRED: Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion by Foreign Languages press (Beijing), 1st edition or more recent edition. Base on the 1st edition, the chapters to read would be:
Preface, Chapter 1 is optional, Chapters 2-4, Chapter 5 p. 53-77 (this section in Chapter 5 contains the basic concept of the meridians and collaterals, the 12 regular meridians, and 2 of the 8 extra meridians – specifically the Du and the Ren). Chapter 12 is optional. Chapter 13.

REQUIRED: The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine: A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary by Maoshing Ni. This is the Nei Jing Su Wen and oldest of the Chinese Medical theory books.

OPTIONAL: Studying of the Tao Te Ching is essential to understanding Chinese Medicine. I like the book Backward Down the Path: A New Approach to the Tao Te Ching by Jerry Dalton. Any translation of the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) though would be fine.

OPTIONAL: Fundamental of Chinese Medicine, Revised Edition by Nigel Wiseman and Andrew Ellis.

Class dates are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No classes on holidays. Exact itinerary will be e-mailed to you after registration. Classes times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
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