Electives Department


One of the unique attributes of the master’s program at Emperor’s College is its broad range of elective classes, a feature not common to most acupuncture schools. Throughout the curriculum, students  are encouraged to explore the wide array of Oriental medical thought such as classical Chinese medicine, five element theory, Korean acupuncture and others.

Each of the elective courses provides students the opportunity to master advanced and specialized clinical skills and nurtures versatility of the practitioner by learning how to draw from a diverse understanding of Eastern medical concepts that integrate the mind, body, and spirit.  Electives in meditation, and Tai Chi?… Emperor’s College is the only college in the region to teach multiple styles of –Yang, Sun, Hao and Qi Gong.

TitleCourse Descriptions
Art of MeditationStudy the fundamental philosophy, form and practice of meditation. Learn how to foster increased awareness of internal qi, yin and yang organs, and the meridian system.
Medical Qi Gong IIMedical Qi Gong II continues to teach students how to apply qi gong techniques to their daily lives and in a clinical setting.
Jade Woman Qi Gong Jade Woman qi gong is a beautiful and flowing form of movement therapy that addresses the special needs of women’s physical and emotional health.
Flying Phoenix Qi GongFlying Phoenix Qi Gong is an extraordinary medical chi kung (qigong) system that promotes healing and rejuvenation, bolsters immunity- thereby extending longevity, and ultimately imparts profound healing ability in the practitioner.
Korean Six EnergiesKorean Six Energies is the practice of Sa Am Acupuncture, a unique Korean style traditional acupuncture.
Four Needle TechniqueThis course covers Korean four-needle acupuncture techniques which emphasize the interrelationship between the Five Elements. Students will be introduced to the different theories and diagnostic methods developed in Korea.
Korean AcupunctureKorean Acupuncture and Practice is based on understanding the constitutional energy traits of the patient which are considered as a main element in Sa Am and the basic Four Constitutions.
Korean Hand AcupunctureThis course will delve into the Korean DASARI hand acupuncture system developed by Jae Hoon Kim. Students will learn to diagnose and treat patients based on this renowned microsystem.
Advanced MoxibustionIn this course, students will delve into the clinical practice of moxibustion, learning different moxibustion techniques and examining methods of moxibustion use in a clinical setting.
Korean Five ElementsBased upon the 17th century protocol created by the Sa Am Korean Monk's insights on the Nan Jing (Book of Difficulties), the Korean Five Elements class will demonstrate the use of the antique points in this tradition
Esoteric AcupunctureEsoteric acupuncture combines the Chinese five element theory with the Hindu chakra system. In-depth discussions on acupuncture points as they relate to each system and detailed presentations of the theory behind esoteric shaoyin treatments.
Adv. Clinical NutritionThis course presents advanced concepts and applications of Western clinical nutrition for the practicing acupuncturist.
Traditional Herbal PreparationsIn each class, students will learn how to make a different form of medicine with a combination of ancient ways and modern labor-saving equipment.
Plant Medicines of the WestThis class will cover the main principles and philosophy of Western herbology, including adaptogens and tonifications. Students will learn the criteria for choosing specific herbs and receive scientific data and present research on Western herbal medicines.
East/West Spices and PlantsThis course will cover herbs and spices used all along the Silk Road; From Europe through Asia. Students will learn the therapeutic properties of herbs and spices commonly used both in cooking and for medicinal purposes in various cultural traditions.
Jin Gui Yao LueJin Kui Yao Lue was a classic in traditional Chinese medicine. It mainly discussed the disease mechanisms, pattern identifications and treatment principles of formula of 44 miscellaneous diseases.
Advanced PharmacopeiaThis review course provides an in-depth study of the functions, indications and clinical applications of single herbs, with a particular emphasis on the 250 "A" herbs emphasized by the California Acupuncture Board as important to the practice of Oriental medicine.
Chinese Medical ClassicsThis class investigates classical texts from a variety of authors and time periods so students can broaden their knowledge of the classical application of Oriental medical thought.
Eight Extra Ordinary VesselsThe course is a comprehensive study of the eight extraordinary channels. The history, theory, pathways, points, and clinical applications are presented. Emphasis is placed on clinical applications.
Advanced DiagnosisThis course presents the information required to make accurate and reasonable diagnoses in difficult and complicated cases. This information will be fully grounded in practical hands-on experience.
Tai Chi II-Yang StyleBuilding on the introductory Yang style class, Tai Chi II-Yang Style further focuses on the history, theory and practice of tai chi chuan and will complete the classical Yang style long form set.
Tai Chi II – Sun Style This course expands the knowledge and skills of Tai Chi I- Sun Style presenting advanced movements and theory.
Advanced Anatomy & PhysiologyThis course offers a broad-spectrum study of human anatomy and physiology to serve as a review for second, third and fourth year students.
Ayurvedic NutritionIn this module students will be introduced to Ayurveda – the sience and art of conscious living. Students will learn about general concepts of Ahaara Dravyas (diet substances) in structuring a diet.
Tao te ChingThe Tao Te Ching/Daodejing (the Book of the Way and the Virtue) is a text that no practitioner of Chinese medicine can ignore. It is arguably the most important text of Daoism and its foundation. But beyond the Daoism itself, this book greatly shaped the Chinese approach to life, the vision of the human being as part of the cosmic life, and Chinese thought and the philosophy which form the basis of the medicine.
Sports NutritionLearn about many different diets and advantages and disadvantages as they relate to athletic performance, as well as the value of nutraceuticals in the field of performance and recovery. Learn about the power of lifestyle factors that can support the athlete in managing stress and handling overtraining.

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