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Learn the Foundations of Chinese Medicine

During this course students are taught the basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and are introduced to Chinese philosophy which forms the cornerstones of TCM.

    Study duration of 1 year

    See Class Schedule

    English spoken

    This course can also be followed in Dutch

    Tuition fee is € 1.950,-

    including exams, Syllabus (except Study books), tea & coffee

    Important bridge from theory to clinic

    The class of Foundations of Chinese Medicine consists of basic theories such as Yin Yang and Five Elements, Zang Fu theory, TCM etiology, pathology and diagnosis. This class is an important bridge from theory to clinic.

    In addition to the teacher contact hours you will work together with your fellow students in a Literature study group and practice together in the Interactive Practice groups. Already after a few months of theoretical training you can start to do apprenticeships in our clinic or at one of the external clinics approved by Shenzhou Open University of TCM.

    “We educate students in accordance with the highest professional standards”

    Meet your teachers

    Below is a brief introduction of the teachers of the Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Course. On the page Teachers and internship supervisors you will find an extensive introduction of all teachers.

    Dan Tan

    Academic Dean of Shenzhou Open University of TCM

    ‍Dan Tan is a passionate and conscientious academic professional with much teaching & clinical practice experience, mainly in the UK and China, within the Higher Education Sectors.

    Jidong Wu

    Jidong Wu has worked as professor at Nanjing University of TCM and moved to England in 1993. Since then he has been academically and clinically active in the Chinese medicine field. He has worked as the program leader of BSc TCM at Middlesex University – which is the first Chinese medicine degree program in Europe.

    Mei Xing

    Graduated with a BSc degree from Guiyang College of TCM in Guizhou in 1985 and with a MSc degree from Chengdu University of TCM in Sichuan in 1999, Mei Xing has accumulated years of experience in treating patients and giving lectures in the field of Chinese medicine at various TCM institutions.

    Be inspired to learn more about what Shenzhou Open University of TCM has to offer and are ready to embrace a new career path in your life.

    Practical information about the Foundations of Chinese Medicine course

    Lesson program

    • Basic Characteristics of Chinese Medicine
    • Yin and Yang
    • Five Elements
    • Zang Fu Organs
    • Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
    • Constitution (body types) in TCM
    • Etiology and Pathogenesis of Chinese Medicine
    • Tongue diagnosis
    • Pulse diagnosis
    • Other diagnostic methods
    • Pattern Identification: 8 principles, Pathogenic factors
    • Pattern Identification: Zang Fu Organs
    • Pattern Identification: Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
    • Pattern Identification: 6 stages, Triple Burners and 4 levels
    • Establishing contact with the patients: attitude of the therapist

    Practical training

    Starting from the basic year during the class of Foundations of Chinese Medicine, students will be trained in case analysis, acupuncture techniques or Tuina manipulation according to the course of their choice. In addition, students need to complete extended mandatory clinical training as well.

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    Class schedule

    Time 10.00 – 17.00 hr.


    • September 19 + 20
    • October 17 + 18
    • November 14 + 15
    • December 12 + 13


    • January 23 + 24
    • February 20 (midterm exam) + 21
    • March 13 + 14
    • April 17 + 18
    • May 15 + 16
    • June 12 + 13

    Please note: we plan our courses carefully but unforeseen situations can occur during the study year. Therefore schedules are subject to change. Shenzhou reserves the right to modify the schedule at all times. Courses might be suspended in case the number of registered students is insufficient.

    Study requirements

    Each TCM education has the following study requirements:

    • Teacher contact study
    • Self study
    • E-learning
    • Clinical apprenticeship
    • Interactive practice
    • Literature study group
    • Portfolio
    • Examination

    This means that in addition to the ten teaching weekends per study year, the student needs to spend a substantial time for self-study, (practical) group study and apprenticeship.

      Study material and study books

      Students have to buy a number of books. Extended syllabi will be distributed during the course via the student-site.

      Please do not purchase books from this list before your registration.After your registration our study coordinators will inform you about the most recent list of mandatory books with additional information such as edition and ISBN numbers!

      • The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Giovanni Maciocia
      • Chinese Medicine Study Guide: Diagnostics, Jiaxu Chen
      • Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine a comprehensive guide,
        Giovanni Maciocia
      • Practical Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine,
        Tietao Deng
      • Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, Barbara Kirschbaum
      • Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis,
        Leon, M.D. Hammer, et al
      • The secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, Bob Flaws
      • The Yellow emperor`s classic of Medicine (Neijing Suwen), Maosheng Ni



      All our English and Dutch TCM-programmes have been fully accredited by the independent accreditation organisation SNRO with 200 EC according to the newest higher professional education standards (HBO).

      Together with our SNRO accredited Western Medicine courses this leads to a total of 240 EC. This enables our graduates to operate at a similar level as HBO bachelor graduates in the Dutch health care system as well as being able to give VAT free health treatments.

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