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Online Course

Health Concepts in Chinese Medicine

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 1-2 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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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 for Coursera's Health Concepts in Chinese Medicine Based on 21 reviews

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Anonymous
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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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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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Teja U
Teja 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.
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Anonymous
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The course was very helpful in introducing traditional chinese medicine concepts in theory, and in making a clear comparison with western medicine.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I really loved this course. It was great! Thanks for the possibility to learn about chinese medicine. I hope there will be another courses.
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Anonymous
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This course was really fun to take. The lectures were well made, and the order of the material presented made it pretty easy to learn. You do have to have some biology background though, because the instructor uses a lot of jargon. However, if you've taken AP bio or something you'll definitely be fine. Overall, I'm really glad I took this course, and feel like I have a good understanding on the basics of Chinese medicine. Thank you Professor Ko!
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course is very informative. The course provides simple foundational material at the beginning, then continues to build on this foundation throughout the course, continually increasing the depth and complexity of the information provided. They use graphics in the video to help with understanding. They also provide transcripts from the videos that can be downloaded for review. This is an excellent introduction to Chinese medicine.
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Daniel M
by Daniel 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.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I would have loved more if there was other subjects included.

I took this course to help me remember some of the basics from my first year of the five i need to do at the Chinese medicine university course i'm taking t the moment.

My biggest difficulties were text interpretation since english is not my first language, but that help me also to practice my knowledge.

Love how the course is delivered!!!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
For me it was little too long ang themes was repeated, so to a week 5 I was little bored. But information are useful, but it too much. And lection was good prepaired and it was text after every lesson, so everything is clear.
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Yanisa L
by Yanisa completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It is a good course for someone who want to know more about Chinese Medicine, or someone who want to compare Modern Medicine with Chinese Medicine.

I love this course because teacher's accent is very easy to understand.
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Anonymous
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I’m an Art Degree holder so struggled a little with the scientific terms used. Other than that, I’ve enjoyed doing the course and felt that I’ve learnt and benefit greatly. With gratitude to Professor Koh
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Anonymous completed this course.
O curso foi excelente. Passou a ideia de como a medicina tradicional chinesa é avançada, em relação à medicina ocidental moderna. O curso foi muito bem ilustrado e os materiais didáticas são muito bons.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
helps in understanding the basic concepts of Chinese medicine. The video presentation is too good and the notes provided below the video helps in easy revision. loved the course
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Kanajam M
Kanajam completed this course.
I m better to done this so good it simply good Not so bored and tired but all can try at once Fine thanks for this to gain my knowledge some what about medicine

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Estuvo interesante, me gustó que explica la parte científica y no solo la tradicional. Gracias por esta herramienta. El doctor explica claro, hay que dedicar tiempo.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I loved this course! Everything I learned will help me make more informed decisions on my own health. The course is easy to follow and the material is interesting.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed the course. It is very helpful for my yoga classes

It has a lot of information and it is very clear.

I really recommend this course

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Very informative and easy to follow! the reading materials where useful to use along with the videos. great instructor, loved his personality :)
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Its a good course to interconect chinese medicine and moderm medicine theoricaly .Its usefull to Naganos techinique of acupuncture practitioners
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