Doctor of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D., Monastic)

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A new and unique approach to Oriental Medical Practice.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM; simplified Chinese: 中医; traditional Chinese: 中醫; pinyin: zhōng yī; literally "Chinese medicine") is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 5,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.

The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage, as well as in cosmological notions like yin-yang and the five phases. Starting in the 1950s, these precepts were modernized in the People's Republic of China so as to integrate many anatomical and pathological notions with modern scientific medicine. Nonetheless, some of its methods, including the model of the body, or concept of disease, are not supported by modern evidence-based medicine.

TCM's view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis includes in tracing symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, eyes and by looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the patient as well as many other parameters.

Traditional medicine (TM) refers to the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health and in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness. Traditional medicine covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which vary from country to country and region to region. In some countries, it is referred to as "alternative" or "complementary" medicine (CAM). Ethnomedicine is a study or comparison of the traditional medicine practiced by various ethnic groups, and especially by indigenous peoples. The word ethnomedicine is sometimes used as a synonym for traditional medicine.

Traditional medicine has been used for thousands of years with great contributions made by practitioners to human health, particularly as primary health care providers at the community level. TM/CAM has maintained its popularity worldwide. Since the 1990s its use has surged in many developed and developing countries. This degree program is designed for 21st century applications.

The term folk medicine refers to healing practices and ideas of body physiology and health preservation known to a limited segment of the population in a culture, transmitted informally as general knowledge, and practiced or applied by anyone in the culture having prior experience. All cultures and societies have knowledge best described as folk medicine.

In the context of academic degrees, the term "philosophy" does not refer solely to the field of philosophy, but we use in a broader sense in accordance with its original Greek meaning, which is "love of wisdom". The World Health Organization (WHO) defines traditional medicine as:
"the health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being."

Traditional use of herbal medicines
Traditional use of herbal medicines refers to the long historical use of these medicines. In the written record, the study of herbs dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sumerians, who described well-established medicinal uses for plants. Ancient Egyptian medicine of 1000 BC are known to have used various herbs for medicine. The Old Testament also mentions herb use and cultivation in regards to Kashrut. Their use is well established and widely acknowledged to be safe and effective, and may be accepted by national authorities.

Therapeutic activity
Therapeutic activity refers to the successful prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental illnesses; improvement of symptoms of illnesses; as well as beneficial alteration or regulation of the physical and mental status of the body.

Prerequisites
Candidate must be a practicing acupuncturist with a graduate degree from a recognized institution.

Links
Traditional Medicine - World Health Organization
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Fact Sheet N 134. September 1996. TRADITIONAL MEDICINE. The term " traditional medicine" refers to ways of protecting and restoring health that existed ...

WHO | Traditional medicine
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Fact sheet N°134. Revised May 2003. Traditional medicine. What is traditional medicine? Traditional medicine refers to health practices, approaches, ...

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DOCTORATE IN ORIENTAL MEDICINE [O.M.D.]

Prerequisite: A Licensed or Practicing Acupuncturist with training in the basic medical sciences (candidates transcripts will be reviewed and any deficiencies in the medical sciences can be achieved by courses in the School of Natural Medicine).

This is an in depth study of the classics in relation to the principal meridians, submeridians and ancestral vessels, their pathogenesis and pathology. The original material for this course was obtained from Vietnam, once the intellectual seat of Chinese Medicine (Saigon University).

Special techniques on the methods of puncture according to the classics. The traditional names of the antique points are examined.The Su Wen, Ling Shu and Nan King are referenced. No other course of this depth in a Western Language exists on planet earth. Text is used from the Vietnamese classics.

COURSE CONTENTS

PART I: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TCM & ACUPUNCTURE

Lesson 1: Shamanism At the Roots of Chinese Medicine
Lesson 2: Feng Shui - The Principles of "Wind and Water"
Lesson 3: Feng Shui - The Wind and Water
Lesson 4: TAOISM AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
Lesson 5: THE SAGES OF CHINA
Lesson 6: CHINESE SCRIPT & COMMUNICATION OF THOUGHT
Lesson 7: CHINESE ASTROLOGY-ASTRONOMY
Lesson 8: AIR OR CH'I IN CHINESE MEDICINE
Lesson 9: FENG - The Meaning of Wind in Chinese Medicine
Lesson 10: THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRIPARTATE YIN/YANG
Lesson 11: WU-HSING, FIVE PHASE ENERGETICS
Lesson 12: THE ALL IMPORTANT TRIPLE BURNER ENERGETICS
Lesson 13: PATHOGENEISIS & PATHOLOGY IN CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE
Lesson 14: CLASSIFICATION OF THE CHINGS
Lesson 15: The ancestral vessels, their nature and symptomatology
Lesson 16: The Lo Vessels
Lesson 17: The Tendino-Muscular Meridians, Their Nature and Symptomatology
Lesson 18: The Distinct Meridians, Their Nature and Symptomatology
LESSON 19: THE ANTIQUE (Five Element) POINTS
Lesson 20: Summing Up the Celestial Pivots
PART III: PRACTICE OF TCM
Acupuncture, ancient Chinese medical technique for relieving pain, curing disease, and improving general health. It was devised before 2500 bce in China and by the late 20th century was used in many other areas of the world but with an incomplete comprehension of the ancient works. Here we present the sacred works, most ancient, obtained from Vietnamese (Hanoi School of Chamfrault, Van Nghi).
LESSON 1: Pathology & Pathogenesis in TCM.
LESSON 2: Examination of the Patient, Troubles of the Energy,
Study of the symptoms.
LESSON3: Examination of the Pulses.
LESSON4: Examination of the Tongue. The Food Tract and its
Ailments Internal.
LESSON5: The Techniques of Acupuncture. The Needles, the Ancient laws, Methods of manipulation.
LESSON6: The techniques of Moxibustion.
LESSON7: The Eight Therapeutic Rules
LESSON8: Differentiation of the Syndromes According to the Eight Principles and the Theory of Zang-Fu.
LESSON9: The techniques of needling by Wu-Hsing (Law of the Five Elements)
LESSON10: The techniques of the time to puncture by Zi Wu Liu Chu,
Fei Teng Ba Fa, Ling Gui Ba Fa

In ancient times, the seasons were linked with the four ages of man - Youth, Manhood (Prime), Decline, and Old Age (counted in Ancient times as 0-20, 20-40, 40-60, 60-death - suggesting that ancient agricultural ages corresponded roughly to our own. The basis of ancient humoral medicine, a theme which is found in all ancient medicines as a transition from shamanism to humoralism.

Food was the 'drug of choice' in all of the ancient medical systems in Europe, India and China. While the medical theories in each differed somewhat, they shared a common philosophy: illness is the result of imbalances within the body (humors); and between the body and the environment.

Man lives within nature and staying in harmony with nature's rhythms is essential for good health. The word disease is literally "dis-ease" or physical disharmony. Diet plays a significant role in correcting imbalances and is an important factor in maintaining and healing the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the cosmic theory of Yin and Yang; and the laws of the Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). These elements correspond with organs in the body. Other groups of five such as five flavours, five seasons, etc. are also linked in TCM. The principles, development of which is credited to the Emperor Huang Ti - also known as the Yellow Emperor (2698 - 2589 BCE) - are documented in the ancient Chinese medical classic Huang Di Nei Jing . It remains a respected reference source in TCM to this day.

Indian medicine from around 800 BCE was based on the theory of bodily humours (fluids) which in the Hindu view were connected with cosmic factors as well. The approach also integrated concepts such as the thermal (hot/cold) qualities of foods and the five states of matter (earth; water; fire; air; and ether/space.) The ancient science of Ayurveda is the oldest known form of health care in the world. Often called the mother of all healing, it originated in India some 5000 or more years ago.

These concepts were codified in several major Indian medical texts, translations of which made their way around the world over the centuries. Humorial medicine was taught by the Spaniards as part of the medical curriculum at the University of Mexico in 1580.

The Hippocratic school of medicine was founded by the Greek physician Hippocrates (460BCE - ca 370 BCE) who is often referred to as the father of medicine in the Western world. Hippocrates held that the four humours (blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm) had to be balanced in quantity and quality for good health. Concepts of hot-cold foods and the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) were also integral parts of the Hippocratic approach to medicine.

Diet was key in the prevention and treatment of illness in all of these ancient medical systems. The appropriate diet for an individual was determined based on a wide range of factors including age, gender, constitution, existing state of health, temperament, the "humorial" or yin/yang disposition of the person as well as climate, seasons, the prevailing weather conditions, and other environmental factors. All were linked in a great hierarchy of understanding the cosmos, which manifest on earth as the four seasons of the year.

All ancient medical systems considered seasonal adjustments to the diet as being critical for good health as this ensured proper attunement of the body to the environment. Locally available seasonal ingredients are preferred as they were considered in harmony with the prevailing conditions.

The ancient medical texts prescribed the foods to be eaten in the different seasons according to their qualities (hot/cold/moist/dry etc) and the cooking methods as the preparation affected the qualities. In his On Regimen (one of the many Hippocratic treatises), wheaten bread, roast meat and few vegetables were recommended for winter so as to secure a warm and dry body; whereas boiled meat and cooler vegetables were considered appropriate for summertime heat.

In this course we explore the Asian approach to Herbal medicine and show similarities to Western Herbalism, allowing the student to gain from both methodologies. Suffice it to say, in today's world in both the East and the West, TCM herbalism is impractical for two reasons:
1. Patients will simply not drink ancient TCM decoctions due to the taste; and
2. TCM herbal formulas are very complex and like classical homeopathy, unless you 'hit' the symptom complex correctly, based on ancient precepts, the brew simply does not always achieve the desired results. This is potently and patently true for Syndrome Metabolic X and related disorders.

Therefore, we find a more Asian, practical approach to Chinese herbs, using herbal teas, tinctures, and tablets, a more rational approach that does get results! We trust and know the practicing acupuncturist will find this course most enlightening.
25 clock hours academic study.
PAIN RELIEF

This example characterizes one of he best known effects of acupuncture that of relieving pain - its analgesic effect. Acupuncture is one of the quickest and most effective methods of relieving pain virtually irrespective of its cause. This remarkable property of acupuncture has been exploited to provide analgesia for many types of operations. Acupuncture is used not only for minor operations like draining abscesses and extraction of teeth, but also for major operations like brain surgery. Even open-heart surgery has been carried out painlessly with the help of just one acupuncture needle inserted in the upper arm.

In China over a million operations have been carried out using only acupuncture analgesia. Thousands of women all over the world have been spared the agonies of labour pains by the use of acupuncture. A couple of needles inserted in the ankle and in points below the knee provide enough analgesia for a painless delivery. This aspect of acupuncture has received a great deal of publicity in recent years.