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Online Course

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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  • R.kaviyarasi

    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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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    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 completed this course.

    The course was very helpful in introducing traditional chinese medicine concepts in theory, and in making a clear comparison with western medicine.
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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!
  • 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

    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!!!!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Many people assume that because a product is marketed as natural or herbal, this means it's safe to use. Some Chinese herbal medicines are safe but others can have serious and dangerous side effects. Some herbal medicines may interact with treatments from your doctor, including cancer drugs or radiotherapy.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Many people assume that because a product is marketed as natural or herbal, this means it's safe to use. Some Chinese herbal medicines are safe but others can have serious and dangerous side effects. Some herbal medicines may interact with treatments from your doctor, including cancer drugs or radiotherapy.
  • Maria Quarton
    I thoroughly enjoyed this class. The course was very informative, and easy to follow. The videos were a nice breakdown of information with the readings adding a little more in depth. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn about the basics health concepts of Chinese medicine.
  • Anonymous
    It gives you the main concepts of Modern Medicine, but it is not engaging at all, that's the bad part. Regarding the content, pretty good, maybe some more interesting references would've been perfect. I'm overall satisfied with this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Great occasion to learn about Health Concept in Chinese Medicine . Very useful notions, which allow a better assessment of health. The course is well structured and systematized to introduce the basics. Don't miss this opportunity.
  • Anonymous
    Happy student. Enjoyed learning about the basis of chinese medicine, an alternative to western medicine. The tests helped to gage understanding, although some sections were more difficult as required a prior basis of scentific knowledge.
  • 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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