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Everyday Chinese Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong via Coursera


This course aims to serve as an education platform on Chinese medicine (CM) for the general public. Our primary goal is to empower healthcare choices by promoting awareness and practical application on CM diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, as well as regulation on CM services and herbal products using international examples.

In the first part of this course, learners will develop skills in applying basic theory of Chinese medicine (CM) for understanding health and illnesses, and be able to compare and contrast views from Chinese and western medicine perspectives. In the second part, learners will be able to diagnose their own CM body constitution, and to apply appropriate CM self-care practice including food therapy, acupressure, Baduanjin and meditation. Learners will also be able to identify commonly used Chinese herbs, and to describe the core principle of acupuncture.

Specific competencies include:

1. State the basic theory of Chinese medicine and compare it with the principle of western medicine.
2. Apply the diagnostic approach of Chinese medicine and describe one’s body constitution.
3. Describe the core principle of Chinese herbs and acupuncture, and to understand their role in promoting health and wellness.
4. Develop self-care plan according to body constitution, using the practice of food therapy, acupressure, and Baduanjin.

Taught by

Lin Zhi-xiu, Wendy Wong, Liong Ching, Justin Che-Yuen WU and Vincent Chung



4.3 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • This is an excellent and concise introduction to the foundational principles of Chinese Medicine geared for laypeople in the field like me. I appreciate the effort the creators exerted to make it as understandable as possible, and to emphasize the difference this medical system has versus conventional allopathic or Western medicine. Nevertheless, listening intently to the lectures and perhaps repeating the videos to improve retention are recommended, as the quizzes are quite challenging and deals with details. I am looking forward to take the follow-up course to this one.
  • Evalyn A. Evardome

    Evalyn A. Evardome completed this course.

    Everyday Chinese Medicine teaches me how to balance excessive condition, the theory behind yin and yang, the physiological relationship and effects of external factors to internal body not only based as anatomical unit as compared to western medicine.
  • Anonymous
    Amazing to have the opportunity to learn about TCM from all of you!
    I have learnt so much about the essence of TCM and also how to apply it in my daily life.


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