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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Health Concepts in Chinese Medicine

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

Overview

Course Overview: https://youtu.be/L0-cZt1Hw7c

Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine are two distinct medical systems, yet they both aim at the prevention and treatment of human diseases. With this in mind, we should understand the practice of Chinese Medicine in the context of Modern Medicine.

In this course, we explore the basic theories underlying the practice of Chinese Medicine, compare and contrast the use of Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine in Preventive Health, and discuss how to restore a healthy condition and understand the pharmacological basis of different types of Chinese tonifying herbs.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
-              state the important Chinese Medicine literature from 5th century B.C. to 16th century A.D.
-              describe and interpret basic Chinese Medicine theories
-              apply the basic Chinese Medicine theories (such as the balance between Yin and Yang and the interaction among organs) to restore a healthy condition
-              compare and contrast the use of Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine in Preventive Health
-              explain how the balance of Yang/Qi and/or Yin/Blood can be restored by using Chinese tonifying herbs
-              adapt the Chinese Medicine concepts by reviewing the contemporary researches on pharmacological activities in Chinese tonifying herbs

Syllabus

  • Basic Theories in Chinese Medicine
    • In the first foundation module, students are going to learn basic theories in Chinese Medicine. Please enjoy a series of animations introducing Chinese Medicine History and different Chinese Medicine Concepts. Prof. Ko explains these concepts further in the lecture videos afterwards.
  • Balance and Interactions, and Preventive Health
    • Chinese Medicine concerns about "Holisticity", which involves (1) Yin and Yang balance and (2) Five Elements Interaction among visceral organs. In this foundation module, you will learn the importance of Balance and Interactions, as poor Balance and Interactions lead to body function deficiencies. Common examples of body function deficiencies encountered by many city dwellers are illustrated. Prof. Ko also explains how different Chinese Medicines can prevent and/or treat these deficiencies. Some people may make use of Modern Medicine, such as Vitamins, for preventive health, Prof. Ko also compares and contrasts the difference between Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine in preventive health.
  • Pharmacological Basis of Chinese Tonifying Herbs
    • In the last foundation module, Prof. Ko explains, in the language of Modern Medicine, the pharmacological basis of different kinds of Chinese Tonifying Herbs - (1) Yang and Qi invigoration, (2) Yin Nourishment and (3) Blood Enrichment, We also look into different examples of Chinese Medicine for their effects and applications.
  • Seminar 1: Yin and Yang: A Pharmacological Perspective
    • Chinese Medicine concerns about Yin Yang Balance, as Yin Yang balance generates Qi, which can circulate along the Meridian and nourish different organs. In this seminar series, Prof. Ko explains how Yin Yang is related to Modern Medicine. Chinese Medicine also believes that Chinese tonifying herbs can restore the Yin Yang balance in body function and hence a healthy body status. The seminar series also describes how different Chinese tonifying herbs can enhance the physiological function by means of activating energy metabolism, stimulating immunomodulatory action, enhancing antioxidation ability, etc.
  • Seminar 2: Yang Invigoration and Yin Nourishment
    • From the previous seminar series, we understand that Yang is primarily related to energy metabolism while Yin is primarily related to the immune system in our body. In this seminar series, we look into the effect of Yang Invigoration and Yin Nourishment to our body, from the biochemical perspective, in the language of Modern Medicine.
  • Seminar 3-4: Qi Invigoration and Chinese Tonifying Herbs for Promoting Health
    • In Chinese Medicine, Yin Yang Balance generates Qi. In the last module of the course, Prof. Ko gives a thorough explanation of the nature of Qi from the biochemical perspective. Schisandra Berry - a common Qi invigorating tonifying herb is used for illustration on how Qi invigoration is important to our health. Due to the gradual change of diseases over the past century from the prevalence of infectious diseases to age-associated diseases, Chinese Medicine is highly regarded as a gold mine for exploring alternative ways to prevent and treat these diseases. Prof. Ko wraps up the course by summarizing the use of different categories of Chinese tonifying herbs and when we should use them for preventive health.

Taught by

Robert Ko

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Reviews

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  • Daniel Ma completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am in my retirement age, with a lot of free time, so I did the course in about a week instead of six, just one lesson per day, I am doing it fine.
    I hope this course will offer in another language such as Cantonese, easier for me to pick up the main Chinese Medicine concept, sometimes I have tough time to link the English terminology into the Chinese.
    Enjoy the course very much, wish to study more if they are available, thank you.
  • Anonymous
    This course provides a good overview on health setting a good foundation of introductory knowledge in Chinese Medicine based on the Yin & Yang theory in relation to the 5 Elements, its effects on the main organs & some common herbal medicine related...
  • Anonymous
    As a doctor, I find the course quite repetitive. I expected a more in-depth discussion on Chinese medicine through the lens of a Chinese medicine doctor. It feels as if it's being marketed that Chinese medicine "works" with all the medical concepts that I already know. I would rather learn it from a different perspective rather than through cellular, molecular perspectives. Yes, it's nice to have the correlation but not to be repeated over and over again
  • Anonymous
    Very informative. I now have an idea of what Traditional Chinese Medicine is. I have heard about yin and yang and Qi and meridians because I have a frirnd who dies acupuncture on me and explaining about meridians and so forth. Now I understand. I hope TCM can be combined with modern medicine in the treatment if patient’s illnesses.
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    R.kaviyarasi completed this course.

    Everything explained about chinese medicine was good and informative. In this developing world the way how they treat patients and their diagnosis was excellent. Eight therapies and their treatment was perfect and especially the tongue pulse was outstanding . Iam very satisfied about all the vedios you had for us . Everything you explained was clear and too easy to understand. Iam expecting more informations about this course
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Everything explained about chinese medicine was good and informative. In this developing world the way how they treat patients and their diagnosis was excellent. Eight therapies and their treatment was perfect and especially the tongue pulse was outstanding . Iam very satisfied about all the vedios you had for us . Everything you explained was clear and too easy to understand. Iam expecting more informations about this course
  • Anonymous
    un curso muy interesante que nos enseña como la medicina tradicional china y la medicina moderna pueden compaginar y que las investigaciones han comprobado que los conceptos antiguos y los conceptos medicos modernos tiene un paralelismo, magnifico curso
  • Anonymous
    Focus is on TCM herbs not on other elements of TCM like acupuncture. Too many generalizations based on research on rats and cultured cells. Overview of other TCM research with reference material would make this more of a university level course.
  • Anonymous
    En este curso entendí los conceptos básicos de medicina china, sugeriría que las lecturas y exámenes estuvieran en español para no tardar tanto al realizar la traducción, muchas gracias por la enseñanza.
  • Anonymous
    A great course to provide an overview to the Chinese Medicine. The materials were clear and the supplementary readings helped to provide further clarification of the topics covered. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    I had studying this course one, two, three times to understand their concepts. It is much to learn about and I want more. Thank you for this panoramic of Chinese medicine!
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    Diya Thomas
    Such a wonderful course and it's so good and easily understandable,super easy to handle also,I had learned many things from this course which also will help me in my academics
  • Anonymous
    I learned a lot from this course. I was amazing to about Chinese medicines from the modern medicine perspective. Also the research findings were very interesting.
  • Anonymous
    Great course, I liked that I could do this at my own pace, the video were good, although at times I found it hard to understand the presenter. Thank you
  • Anonymous
    This is an in dept course, I enjoyed it. It is filled with lots reading material for guidance and future references.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. Very helpful to get started with Chinese Medecine & Herbal Medicine. Looking for similar courses.
  • Anonymous
    This course is good for those who want to know about traditional chinese medicine and how it is explained in modern medicine pharmacological terms. Highly recommended for western medicine practitioners and also for naturopaths, who are open minded to different concepts on medicine and health.

    For those who do not have any background in TCM, I would suggest that you do Everyday Chinese Medicine 1 and 2 first before taking up this Health Concepts in Chinese Medicine. You will be able to appreciate the research and studies that are detailed here by Professor Robert Ko.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Super clear lectures with visual support. Very detailed supplemental readings. People with a weak chemistry background may have to work a little harder. Wonderful way to understand the strengths of TCM in supporting holistic health.
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    Teja Urankar
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    Teja Urankar completed this course.

    I really enjoyed the course. It is very well structured, clear, and understandable. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning the basics of traditional Chinese medicine theory.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is an excellent course to understand the basics of the concept behind Traditional Chinese Medicine. The teacher has excellent knowledge and explains the content very well. I will look forward to take advanced classes in this domain.

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