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. This part of your studies is the necessary foundation to be able to study further, specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine or Tuina.

    Study duration of 1 year

    See Class Schedule

    English spoken

    This course can also be followed in Dutch

    Tuition fee is € 2.100,-

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

    Important bridge from theory to clinic

    The course, 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 practise together in the Interactive Practice groups. On top of that students can sign up for 5 practical days under supervision of a teacher. 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.

    Huijun Shen

    Huijun Shen

    Graduated from Shanghai University of TCM in 1982. From 1982 until 1985, he worked as a physician at the Xinjiang Hospital of Chinese Medicine. He obtained his master’s degree at the College of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Beijing University of TCM in 1988.
    Jidong Wu

    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.
    Dan Tan

    Dan Tan

    Dan Tan is Academic Dean of Shenzhou Open University of TCM and a passionate and conscientious academic professional with much teaching & clinical practice experience, mainly in the UK and China, within the Higher Education Sectors. Dan has spent over 10 years at Middlesex University.
    Moon-Yueh Fong

    Moon-Yueh Fong

    Born in the Netherlands, Ms Fong received her BA degree in Chinese studies at Leiden University and her BSc degree at Middlesex University. She has spent three years in Guangzhou University of TCM and graduated with a MSc degree in internal medicine (Chinese herbs).
    Xuan Yang

    Xuan Yang

    Xuan Yang graduated with a Bachelor degree in Chinese medicine and in Biomedical Science in Hong Kong Baptist University and has obtained a Master degree in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 2014 she started practicing herbal medicine and acupuncture in clinic and neurology ward.
    Mei Xing

    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.
    Beate Lendt

    Beate Lendt

    After having worked as architect and filmmaker, Beate Lendt followed a long-held interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and graduated as acupuncturist from Shenzhou Open University of TCM, where she also lectures since 2020.
    Jun Huang

    Jun Huang

    Dr. Jun first graduated from Guangxi University with a diploma in Chinese Language and Literature. Later she also graduated from Xiamen University with a diploma in Chinese Medicine and a specialisation in Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

    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 (A group) Time 10.00 – 17.00 hr.


    • September: 24+25
    • October: 29+30 (online)
    • November: 26+27 (online)
    • December: 17+18 (online)


    • January: 28+29 (online)
    • February: 25+26 ( Mid-Exam)
    • March: 18+19
    • April: 22+23 (online)
    • May: 20+21
    • June: 17+18
    • July: Final Exam

    Class schedule ( B group) Time 10.00 – 17.00 hr.


    • September: 17+18
    • October: 22+23 (online)
    • November: 19+20 (online)
    • December: 10+11 (online)


    • January: 14+15 (online)
    • February: 18+19 ( Mid-Exam)
    • March: 11+12
    • April: 15+16 (online)
    • May: 13+14
    • June: 10+11
    • July: Final Exam

    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 purchase a number of books and for Western Medicine, a mandatory reader. Extended syllabi will be distributed during the course via the student-site.

      Below, only the mandatory study books are listed. After registration you will also receive a list of books which are optional.

      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



      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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