Since 1992, CIHS has offered courses for the
study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
This Home Study option allows for an
yet well supported approach
for learning the 5000 year old tradition
Chinese Medicine Theory & Herbology.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Summary of Course Content:
A student enrolled in any of our courses will receive
CDs of the
information covered in our classes, punctuated by clinical experiences
makes the study come to life. Detailed outlines of the material covered
handouts to facilitate note-taking are also included. In addition, all students will have
experienced TCM practitioners and Chinese Herbalists as tutors online
phone, when questions arise.
A final exam/review
with case studies will help determine satisfactory understanding
module is provided for study.
Module One (the TCM Theory course) may be omitted from
requirements when a student can demonstrate equivalent experience.
and Module Two are studied at an individual pace with access to a
throughout the year.
Module Three is an intensive four-day
experience that takes place at the school twice
a year. The completion of
Modules One and Two is required before taking part in
Three. Completion of all
3 modules is required for a Certificate
leading to a National Certification.
should be noted that at this time, no state has authorized separate
practicing herbologists. In many states, only acupuncturists or Naturopaths
prescribe herbs using a western diagnosis.
However, that does not prevent you
consulting with clients and suggesting formulas for them in accordance with
theory. It is not using herbs that is at issue
but diagnosing a Western named
and suggesting a treatment, without having a medical license issued from
you practice in. There are thousands of herbalists
in America and Europe.
the West, Herbologists have been accepted as healers for hundreds of
China, Herbalists have been mainstays of the medical healing arts for
Traditional Chinese Medicine
(a pre-requisite for the
Chinese Herbology Program or a Stand Alone Course of Study)
This is a powerful course for anyone
interested in the Differential Diagnosis of
Traditional Chinese Medicine and
it's uses today.
Aromatherapists, Body workers,
Massage therapists, and other wellness practitioners
incorporating this holistic perspective of the human energetic systems.
recognition of patterns, TCM describes disharmonies without diagnosing
By studying this material, patients of TCM practitioners can increase
understanding of the perspective of Chinese medicine, and participate more fully in
also serves as the foundation on which our Chinese Herbology Intensive
upon. All our courses are taught with an
emphasis on clinical diagnosis as
practiced in China today.
Among the distinctive perspectives of Traditional Chinese Medicine
is the Eight
Principle theory. The Eight Principle theory is the foundation for differential
diagnosis. This course offers a student the opportunity to learn about the
diagnostic skills needed for accurately recognizing the clinical
signs and symptoms of the
patterns of disharmonies.
CHINESE HERBOLOGY Intensive
(This is the complete Home Study version of
the One Year
Chinese Herbology Program)
Our Chinese Herbology Intensive is
appropriate for every individual interested in the energetics
of herbs and their
uses in Chinese Medicine. Move at your own pace and enjoy the journey into
ancient view of the world and discover its modern practical applications. It is
to become empowered with knowledge that is useful in a variety of
circumstances. This course is
appropriate for novice as well as health
Chinese Medicine is a system in which no one sign or symptom means anything,
until it is viewed within the context of patterns and relationships.
Course Objective: Herbology is one of
the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The
Eight Diagnostic Principles are
the background against which Chinese Herbology is
thoroughly explored. Students
are presented with details about the selection and
therapeutic use of over 150
herbs, and more than 50 Chinese Herbal Formulas.
Summary of Course Content:
In this course, Chinese Herbal Medicine is
through the use and understanding of a differential diagnosis. Upon successful
Three, ability to purchase Professional Chinese herbs and formulas
will be given. Also
included is information on taking a patient summary, ethics,
and record keeping. Module Two has five chapters and each contain:
A review of the organ and its energetic relationships to the whole, with
discussion of the disharmonies of the organ including all the
relevant clinical signs
A Materia medica of Chinese Herbs that
are typically part of formulas used to treat
specific organ disharmonies. This
includes herb identification, classification, taste,
temperature, and energetic
Chinese Herbal Formula selection and
contraindications. This section matches
disharmonies with formulas, giving
careful consideration to all available details of
the clinical presentation.
Pattern recognition and vocabulary are emphasized throughout.
studies are used to illustrate pattern identification, diagnosis and herbal
formula selection. Samples of most herbs discussed will be included.
100 hours $1459.00
Module Two consists of five
Students will receive all materials
(easy to understand text, hand-outs for note taking & CD that
punctuates the clinical experiences of each organ disharmony) one chapter at a time.
provided for questions and upon completion of material, each student
returns the open book test
and completed case studies.
After the tutor has made an evaluation of the work with remarks,
chapter will be provided.
Chapter One: SPLEEN
Herbs and formulas
for transformation (digestive)
disorders are the focus of this chapter. Spleen
disharmonies are typically about deficient Qi
or excess dampness, and can
include the symptoms of wet phlegm, food stagnation,
abdominal pain and discomfort, as well as other middle burner issues.
Some patterns will
include the clinical signs and symptoms that lead to Western diagnoses
acid reflux, food allergies, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome & urinary
Chapter Two: LIVER
Herbs and formulas
for disharmonies to promote
the harmony and smooth flow of movement throughout
the body are the emphasis of this
chapter. Liver disharmonies are often
associated with stagnation, confrontation, and issues
with boundaries. Some of
the clinical signs and symptoms include pain, emotional stagnation,
fluctuation of cycles, headaches, dry eyes and more. Some patterns will include
the signs and symptoms that lead to Western diagnoses such as cysts, PMS, high
pressure, migraines, hepatitis, etc
Chapter Three: HEART
Herbs and formulas to
address the Shen and
heart are covered. The heart is most often affected by
patterns of deficiency or excess and
includes alterations in the aspects of
connection and interaction with time and place. Heart
disharmonies can include
clinical signs and symptoms that lead to Western diagnoses such
depression, anxiety, manic depression and more.
Chapter Four: LUNG
Herbs and formulas to
treat the Lung dis-
are often targeting disturbances in inhalation and
exhalation and excessive grief.
this organ as a form of our immune system.
disharmonies are often
connected with other organ disharmonies, and these
patterns are explored. Some clinical
signs and symptoms may be similar to the
western diagnoses of sinus infections, flus and
colds, coughs,allergies, and
Chapter Five: KIDNEY
Herbs and formulas to
the disharmonies of
the kidneys are typically concerned with deficiency, and this
typically affects processes to do with maturation. Kidney disharmonies often
impact other organs. Clinical signs and symptoms may be similar to the Western
of urinary tract infections, incontinence, yeast infections, sexual
aging and others. Tonic formulas to keep the body strong
are also covered in this chapter.
Each student will receive ingredients and
recipes for the preparation of a warming Kidney
and a Defense Formula Tea
for use during the winter months.
32 hours Tuition: $595.00
This four-day intensive will
be scheduled twice a year at the Connecticut School for Herbal Studies.
Materials to study will be provided prior to the training, so that practical
experience can be
emphasized during the intensive. The school will provide
individuals for differential diagnosis..
Modules one and two are pre-requisites.
The clinical training course will be administered by
Dr. Gary Fleischman, OMD and Laura Mignosa, NCCH.
TONGUE AND PULSE
Looking is one of the Four Examinations. The TCM
looking at the tongue and taking the pulse as part of the process of
gathering information with which to make a diagnosis. Tongue Diagnosis Theory
the basis of color, shape, location, coating, and movement of the
tongue for TCM diagnosis.
Fundamental Theory of
Pulse taking, it's parameters, diagnostic skills and hands-on training
CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS &
Students will have
several opportunities to
perform clinical differential diagnoses of patients and
prescribe appropriate herbal
formulas. Each student will then present at least
one of their cases to the group for discussion
completion of the Chinese Herbology Intensive, completion of
all assignments, attending the Clinical Training, and submitting a final review, is required
to receive a Certificate of Completion.
the Certificate of Completion,
a student may apply for National Certification.
After completing your program in Chinese Herbology,
you may wish to continue your study and find
more in depth information on the
following subjects. Advanced study in these programs provide additional
certificates with hours reflected below.
pattern is about pain in TCM. It includes the Western Diagnosis of
joint pain, trauma and muscular pain. Differential diagnosis and herbs, and
pathologies seen in the transition of a woman's
body will be covered including
menses irregularities, menopause, mastitis and cancers as
seen in TCM. Formulas
learned in China Hospitals will be shared. The theory of the
Penetrating vessel will be addressed.
20 hours $289.00
EXTERNAL APPLICATION OF CHINESE HERBS:
This class will show how to use the
ancient Chinese medical tool
of observation in determining Chinese organ disharmonies
seen on the
skin. Chinese Medical Theory, as well as
clinical applications of salves,
liniments, compresses, soaks and plasters will
be addressed. How to apply and make
these treatments and where to purchase
products will be covered as well. Massage
therapists and lay people alike will
find this class extremely useful..
TO SAFE "OVER THE COUNTER" HERBAL PRODUCTS: Learn
equivalent to many of our "over-the-counter" drugs in this class. Discussion
formulas to treat common disharmony like stomach and abdominal distress,
flus and colds, coughs, hayfever, trauma and more. You will learn
where to purchase
these herbs, see how affordable they are and value the fact
that they are not drugs.
is a Nationally
Certified Chinese Herbologist who is both Western and
China trained. She is the
director and primary educator of CIHS since 1992 and travels yearly
to China for study and to expose
her students to the culture and clinical training of Beijing Hospitals.
1996, Laura has also worked with UConn Medical Center's Oncology Department. For
past 3 years she is using Chinese herbs to treat hot
flashes with breast cancer patients who are not
able to use Hormone Replacement
Therapy in a clinical study there.
In addition to her work at the school, she
is a national lecturer, designs Chinese herbal formulas for
Pets and works as a
consultant on Chinese Herbal Formulas. Her private practice is maintained at
where she effectively treats all types of disharmonies. Appointments for care
thru the school
Sandra Porter is
a Registered Aromatherapist and Chinese Herbologist. She has studied
Jade Shutes, Gabriel Mojay, Laura Mignosa, and Arthur Shattuck. Sandra has
teaching team at CIHS as a co-creator of the Home Study Programs.
She and her husband
Richard Porter own the Healing Gateways LLC in Guilford, Ct. utilizing
holistic modalities to
facilitate change toward wellness. Sandra is a
bodyworker instructor and practitioner and
incorporates her skills of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils into her work with clients.
Connecticut School of Herbal Studies
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