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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

4.6 rating, based on 78 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 309 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    This course was valuable for my personal introduction to Chinese Medicine Health Concepts because I am interested in integrated medicine and not a fan of biomedical. My mother healed herself of more than 6 cancers over 25 years and her only response when they would ask her was "My mind is my health", she used herbs, exercise, and nutrition. I am a firm believer in "The body can heal itself", the biomedical evidence, and "The placebo effect". I actually applied what I learned in this course about Chinese Medicine to my own health. I am getting great results.
  • Anonymous
    Master thank you very much the course is wonderful great.
    The course is good for healthcare professionals the ideal course.
    Has a broad view of Chinese medicine for Dr. Robert.
    I loved it great congratulations to your team too stay with God.
    Thank you, cordial greetings.
    非常感谢师父,课程很棒。
    该计划非常适合医疗保健专业人员。
    对中医有广阔的视野。 博士学位。 罗伯托。
    我也很喜欢你们的上帝团队。
    谢谢并恭祝安康。
  • Anonymous
    It's a great course , it provided me by alot of info
    Which one of the following Chinese Medicine
    literatures in the Ming Dynasty detailed over 1,000 illustration of medicinal
    materials and 10,000 prescriptions?

    1 point

    Huangdi’s Classics on Medicine

    Shen Nong’s Classic on Herbalism

    Jin Kui Yao Lue

    Compendium of
    Materia Medica

    Shang Han Lun
  • 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
    This course is great for absolute beginners in Chinese Medicine. I learned more about the theories, how they connect, and how these concepts relate to Western Medicine. Overall, this course was a great introduction, and I plan on taking other courses to create a foundational knowledge of Chinese Medicine.
  • Anonymous
    My first online course on cousera and I am very satisfied with what a learnt. The course is well prepared with lecture videos and learning materials. There are quizs every week to test what I learnt and also prepare for final exam. Overall, it is a good experince in the course
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for the opportunities to learn so many thins about Chinese Medicine, about Chinese herbs. There are useful for me and I will apply everything about I learned.
    I am very satisfied.
  • 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
    This course, discusses a lot material about herbs andtheir relation to pharmacology, only a few part of acupuncture material, but this course is structured and informative.
  • Anonymous
    This Health Concepts in Chinese Medicine course is very good. Also, I hope my studying from this course can help improve my knowledge and my career.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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!
  • 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...

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