Herbal Medicine Department of Acupuncture School

The Department of Herbal Medicine provides acupuncture students with extensive training in the ancient art of Chinese herbal medicine. The department is one of the four that collectively makes up the Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM) program at Emperor’s College and consists of 43 units spread across 16 courses.

Beginning with an introduction to core concepts in Chinese herbal medicine, the acupuncture school curriculum features four Herb Pharmacopoeia courses that discuss 450 important herbal medicines used in clinical practice. Students then progress into Herb Formulae courses to learn the traditional clinical application of Chinese herbal medicine, including the study of classical texts such as the Shang Han Lun and Wen Bing Xue.

40 hours of herbal pharmacopoeia lab provides a unique opportunity for acupuncture students to have real-world experience running an herbal medicinary and encourages greater connection of classroom theory to everyday clinical applications.

Additional courses in the department focus on a biomedical and professional understanding of Chinese herbal medicine. Pharmacognosy delves into the chemical constituents of medicinal herbs while Patent Medicines introduce acupuncture students to the variety of companies that cultivate and distribute herbal medicines to acupuncturists.

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Course CodeTitleUnitsHours
Description
HB300Intro to Herbal Medicine220
HB300 Introduction to Herbal Medicine (2 units, 20 hours)

This course provides students with an overview of the ideas and concepts they will encounter in their study of Chinese herbal medicine throughout the master's program, as well as the basic concepts in botany and the history of Chinese herbal medicine.

Prerequisites: None

Normally offered every quarter
HB315Herb Pharmacopoeia I330
HB315 Herb Pharmacopoeia I (3 units, 30 hours)

The first of four courses in the herb pharmacopeia series. These courses analyze the taste, temperature, meridians, dosage, contraindications, identification and clinical usage of approximately 450 principal medicinals used in Oriental medicine. These four courses can be taken in any order.

Herb Pharmacopoeia I covers herbs in the Release Exterior Conditions, Heat Clearing Herbs, Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Herbs that Stop Cough categories.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Normally offered spring and fall quarters
HB320Herb Pharmacopoeia II330
HB320 Herb Pharmacopoeia II (3 units, 30 hours)

The second of four courses in the herb pharmacopoeia series. Herb Pharmacopoeia II covers herbs in the Damp Eliminating Aromatic Herbs, Digestive Herbs, Purgatives, Laxatives, Cathartic Herbs, Anti-parasitic Herbs, Aromatic Herbs that Open the Orifices, Interior Warming Herbs, Liver Calming Herbs, and Tranquilizing Herbs categories.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Normally offered in summer and winter quarters.
HB330Herb Pharmacopoeia III330
HB330 Herb Pharmacopoeia III (3 units, 30 hours)

The third of four courses in the herb pharmacopoeia series. Herb Pharmacopoeia III covers herbs in the Diuretics, Antirheumatics, Qi Regulating Herbs, Blood Activating, and Stop Bleeding Herbs categories.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Normally offered spring and fall quarters
HB340Herb Pharmacopoeia IV330
HB340 Herb Pharmacopoeia IV (3 units, 30 hours)

The fourth course in the herb pharmacopoeia series. Herb Pharmacopoeia IV covers herbs in the Qi Tonics, Blood Tonics, Yang Tonics, Yin Tonics, Stop Diarrhea, Astringe Essence, and External Application categories.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Normally offered summer and winter quarters
HB360
HB361
Herb Pharmacy Lab A, B (2 units each)
(Previously Herb Pharmacopoeia Lab I-IV, 1 unit each)
440
HB360; HB361 Herb Pharmacy Lab A, B (2 units each, 4 units total)

(Previously HB450-454 Herb Pharmacopoeia Lab I-IV)

This practical course gives students the opportunity to work in a busy herbal dispensary. Students learn and practice the skills required to measure, package and dispense raw and powdered herbal formulae by making formulae for patients being treated by clinical interns. Students work in the college’s dispensary under the supervision of the dispensary manager, who also reinforces the pharmacopoeia lectures by exposing students to practical uses of herbs they are learning in their pharmacopoeia series.

Prerequisites for Herb Lab A: Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine, Concurrent enrollment in Herb Pharmacopoeia series;
Prerequisites for Herb Lab B: Concurrent enrollment in Herb Formulae series.

Normally offered every quarter.
HB410Herb Formulae I330
HB410 Herb Formulae I (3 units, 30 hours)

The first of three courses in the herb formulae series. These courses can be taken in any order. The herb formulae series analyzes the functions, ingredients, and properties of approximately 250 herb formulas. An emphasis is placed on the roles played by the individual herbs in the formulae and the pathology patterns for which each formula is used clinically. Categories covered in Formulae I include the Release the Exterior, Drain Downwards, Clear Heat, Harmonizing, and Warm the Interior formulas.

Prerequisite: Herb Pharmacopoeia I-IV, Herb Pharmacy Lab A, Chinese Medical Language

Normally offered spring and fall quarters
HB420Herb Formulae II330
HB420 Herb Formulae II (3 units, 30 hours)

The second of three courses in the herb formulae series. Categories covered in Formulae II include the Tonify Qi and Blood, Regulate Qi, Invigorate the Blood, Stop Bleeding, Stabilize and Bind, Calm the Spirit, and Open the Orifices formulas.

Prerequisite: Herb Pharmacopoeia I-IV, Herb Pharmacy Lab A, Chinese Medical Language

Normally offered summer and winter quarters
HB430Herb Formulae III330
HB430 Herb Formulae III (3 units, 30 hours)

The third of three courses in the herb formulae series. Categories covered in Formulae III include the Expel Wind, Moisten Dryness, Expel Dampness, Treat Phlegm, Relieve Food Stagnation, Expel Parasites, and Treat Surgical Diseases formulas.

Prerequisite: Herb Pharmacopoeia I-IV, Herb Pharmacy Lab A, Chinese Medical Language

Normally offered spring and fall quarters
HB440Advanced Formulae330
HB440 Advanced Formulae (3 units, 30 hours)

This review course is an in-depth study of the ingredients, functions, and indications of herbal formulae that are of particular importance in terms of their clinical applications as established by the California Acupuncture Board. It covers the sixty-three (63) “A” formulae that are emphasized in the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam.

Prerequisites: Herb Formulae I-III, Herb Pharmacy Lab B, Formula Writing

Normally offered spring and fall quarters
HB445Formulae Writing330
HB445 Formulae Writing (3 units, 30 hours)

This course focuses on the development of formula writing skills. Students learn how to combine herbal medicines into formulae, how to choose appropriate basic formulae for patients, and how to modify the formulae according to the patient’s chief complaint and diagnostic patterns.

Prerequisite: Herb Formulae I-III, Herb Pharmacy Lab A, Chinese Medical Language

Normally offered in summer and winter quarters.
HB460Patent Medicines220
HB460 Patent Medicines (2 units, 20 hours)

This course examines the clinical efficacy and availability of the most commonly used herbal patents and pre-packaged herbal remedies. Students will be exposed to the different ways of extracting the formulae (i.e. powder form, tincture, capsules, etc.), as well as introducing students to the various herbal companies that make them. Throughout the course, guest speakers from the various herbal companies will present their product lines.

Prerequisites: Formula Writing, Herb Pharmacy Lab B

Normally offered in summer and winter quarters.
HB500Pharmacognosy220
HB500 Pharmacognosy (2 units, 20 hours)

Students will be provided with information on cultivation, collection and processing of medicinal plants. Representative drugs from different morphological sources will be discussed including macro- and microscopic characteristics, geographic distribution, cultivation, chemical constituents and their uses.

Prerequisites: Herb Pharmacopoeia I-IV, Herb Pharmacy Lab A

Normally offered in spring and fall quarters.
HB520Chinese Nutrition220
HB520 Chinese Nutrition (2 units, 20 hours)

This course is a study of the roles of different properties of foods and their practical applications in dietary adjustment for various TCM diseases and disorders. Students will learn the principles of nutrition, the basics of nutritional assessment, and the functions of specific foods according to traditional Chinese medicine. Students will also be taught to evaluate a patient's food journal and give appropriate suggestions for improvements.

Prerequisites: Formula Writing, Herb Pharmacy Lab B

Normally offered in summer and winter quarters.
HB570Shang Han Lun/Wen Bing440
HB570 Shang Han Lun/Wen Bing (4 units, 40 hours)

This course presents two of the most significant classics of Chinese medicine – Shang Han Lun (Damage by Cold Classic) and Wen Bing (Warm Diseases). Students will learn the theories, diagnostic patterns, and treatment principles utilizing the Shang Han Lun and Wen Bing models. An emphasis is placed on the different levels of pathogen invasion, along with the traditionally prescribed formulae and herbal modifications used to treat them. Modern clinical applications are discussed in detail.

Prerequisites: Formulae Writing, Herb Pharmacy Lab B

Normally offered in spring and fall quarters.
Total43430

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