Basic Kampo theory will be studied including the concept of the Sho (conformation), Qi blood and fluid theory, Taishitsu (constitutional analysis), Icho Kyojaku (weak gastrointestinal function) and unique diagnostic techniques such as Fukushin (abdominal Diagnosis). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the complexities of the patient Sho which consists of presenting pathology, detailed constitutional analysis, and subjective patient complaints.
120 commonly used Kampo formulas (mostly from the Shang Han Lun & Jing Gui Yao Lue) will be studied. Some 15 or so original formulas written in Edo period Japan (1603-1865) will also be studied alongside those of Classical Chinese origin. The unique Sho & clinical narrative conforming to each respective formula will be examined in detail including modifications and derivatives.
Kampo therapeutics (internal medicine) will be presented by physiological system (eg: Circulatory Disorders, etc.) & will be systematically examined according to their specific Sho to determine differential diagnostic pattern expressed in terms of relevant formula applications.
The K.I. teaching clinic is run 2 afternoons per week throughout the year following the morning lecture. Patients are seen for herbal consultation for a reduced fee. New patient consults are 1 hour with follow-up visits scheduled for 30 minutes. Patients are encouraged to visit on a weekly basis initially for careful re-evaluation and formula modification or change, allowing students to participate in case studies through intensive clinical monitoring characteristic of clinical practice in the Kampo tradition.
Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of clinical assessment, including herb formula preparation, labelling and dispensing. Careful attention is paid to the practice of the detailed diagnostic procedures essential to the accurate application of appropriate herbal formulas.
Students will gradually be expected to actively participate in formula selection with the aim of achieving confidence and independent skills by the end of the training. Formal case study presentations form part of the clinical training with regular, bi- monthly forums held for students and past graduates of the program. Students and alumni are encouraged to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.
1 Year / 300 hours (50% lecture / 50% clinic)
12 x 3-day modules (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) January - December 2018
Class: 9.00am – 1pm ; Clinic: 2pm –5.30pm
Location (Class and Clinic) Tristate College of Acupuncture 80 Eigth Ave, NY.
Comprehensive final exam including practical
Kampo Certificate of Completion
Contact (for details and registration):
TSCA.EDU/KAMPO or: Nigelkampo@gmail.com