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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

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
    Thank you sir for all the explanation on Chinese medicine concepts I am highly grateful. This course gave me the knowledge on how to prevent health related diseases based on an energetic point of view and in addition to that it tries to give the inter-relationship between the prevention in a Chinese medicine and a modern medicine perspective. The course was Great but the course would have been Greatest if we could add more of factual Chinese medicine concepts and its physiology rather than investing a little more on modern medicine.
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    Lotus Zedan
    Thank you sir for all the explanation on Chinese medicine concepts I am highly grateful. This course gave me the knowledge on how to prevent health related diseases based on an energetic point of view and in addition to that it tries to give the inter-relationship between the prevention in a Chinese medicine and a modern medicine perspective. The course was Great but the course would have been Greatest if we could add more of factual Chinese medicine concepts and its physiology rather than investing a little more on modern medicine.
  • Anonymous
    I already use Chinese Medicine for a few years, but I did not understand their workings. By following this course I have now a fundamental idea of how Chines Medicin work. Also explaining how Chinese Medicine works from a moderne medicine perspective.
    Besides the above this course gives also the proof that Chines Medicine can help improving the health of elderly people.

    Thank you for a beautiful course.

    Herman Schreuder
  • Anonymous
    The content of this course is rich and informative, providing a good overview of possible integration of Chinese medicine and modern medicine. The presentation of the course is, however, extremely repetitive, particularly from lecture 4 to 6. The course could be easily streamlined into 3 lectures when similar contents are succinctly and systematically organized.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course! Thanks! But with a bias in Chinese tonic herbs. Some topics are difficult due to the specific names of Chinese herbs. I liked the parallels between the ideas of Chinese and modern European medicine about energy processes in a person. The main theories are given simply and clearly: Yin-Yang, The Theory of 5 Elements, Zang Fu Organs, etc. Thanks!
  • Maria T. Resele
    Thank you for allowing me taking this free course. I really enjoying the course and Professor Kam was explaining structurally understandable. Most of the questioner are mention in video lectures and reading supplements. if you have basic knowledge in anatomy is easy to understand.

    Regards, Maria T. Resele
  • Anonymous
    This course has a valuable wealth of information to begin your journey into TCM. The instructor is very thorough in his delivery. If I had a complaint, it would be that the quiz questions are more advanced then the course material. However, once you review twice over, the answers are clear. I loved this course.
  • 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
  • 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
    Very interesting. I love the combination of philosophy and scientific explanations. Thank you so much for sharing this course and make it available for all of us! Really appreciated!!
  • Anonymous
    Thank you sir for all the explanation on Chinese medicine concepts I am highly grateful. This course gave me the knowledge on how to prevent health related diseases based on an energetic point of view and in addition to that it tries to give the inter-relationship...
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
    I found this course so informative. But there are some part that I don't expect I would learn In chinese Medicine. Also there are some repetition that makes me a bit confuse. Over all the course is easy to understand.
  • 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
    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.

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