Chinese Herbal Medicine
The Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) track is an academically rigorous course of study providing students with extensive training in the use of Chinese Herbal medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine that is based on the balance of the complementary opposites of yin and yang. Chinese herbal medicine uses nature’s harvest of natural substances – primarily plants and minerals to promote natural healing and good health. As the focus of continued research, Chinese herbal medicine can offer not only symptomatic relief in acute cases, but can also strengthen the body systems of patients with chronic conditions.
The Chinese Herbal medicine courses are designed to build upon each other; first stage is Chinese herbal pharmacopeia (Materia Medica). Students will learn functional categories, unique properties, contraindications and therapeutic actions of more than 300 herbs. Second stage will build on the student’s knowledge of pharmacopeia to learn treatment strategies using specific combinations of herbs for application to disease categories. The third phase focuses on the etiology, pathology and Chinese herbal medicine treatment of internal medicine diseases. Formula writing, Patent Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and assistantships in the NESA dispensary all serve to reinforce your knowledge.
Clinical rotations combining Chinese acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are required for this track and give students the first-hand experience of using Chinese herbs in a clinical setting. Full-time students complete the CHM track program requirements in a minimum of 36 months and earn the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (MAOM).