Daoist Cosmology & Chinese Medicine

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Intro to Chinese Medicine

The roots of Chinese Medicine date back 10,000 years! Learn some of its history and foundational theories, and gain a truly holistic perspective on health and disease. This information-packed class first takes you into the history of the medicine, and covers the development of the concepts of qi, meridians, yin & yang, and the five branches of Chinese Medicine. We will then delve into the five-elements, internal and external pathogenic factors, the different energetic levels of disease, and treatment principles based on differential diagnosis.

Health & Longevity thru the Seasons

According to Chinese medicine, when the seasons change, certain organs become more vulnerable. Learn to look at each season through the lens of Chinese Medicine, and discover how it affects our physical and mental well being, and which foods. Using this approach we will learn about foods, herbs, acupressure, and other techniques for staying healthy and happy all year round. Each class is offered in its respective season.

Spring/Liver: Springtime is associated with the Liver, Gallbladder, eyes, tendons, allergies and more. Prior attendance in Intro to Chinese Medicine Pt. I & II is strongly recommended.

Summer/Heart: Summertime is associated with the Heart and Small Intestine, affecting sleep, circulation, mental health, menopause, joint pain and more. Prior attendance in Intro to Chinese Medicine is strongly recommended.

Harvest/Spleen: Late Summer/early Fall is harvest time and is associated with the Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas, affecting digestion, metabolism, muscle strength, mental energy and more. Prior attendance in Intro to Chinese Medicine Pt. I & II is strongly recommended.

Fall/Lungs: Autumn is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine, affecting our skin and the ability to ward off airborne illnesses, and more. Prior attendance in Intro to Chinese Medicine Pt. I & II is strongly recommended.

Winter/Kidneys: Winter is associated with the Kidneys and Bladder, affecting the bones, reproduction, brain and more. Prior attendance in Intro to Chinese Medicine Pt. I & II is strongly recommended.

 

Advanced Topics

Qi (Energy): The many different types of Qi (“chee”) and their inter-relationships will be covered in depth.

Shen (Spirit): Shen, the Daoist concept of the complex mental and spiritual aspects of a human being, will be explored in depth.

Xue (Blood): Xue, the Chinese medicine concept of blood will be explored in depth.

Jing (Essence/Life Force): Jing or essence relates to our lifeforce and our material bodies. We will explore this concept in-depth.