What is Classical Chinese Medicine?

In the Western world, Chinese medicine is widely acknowledged for its remarkable efficacy in relieving both acute and chronic pain and addressing various other health conditions. However, its substantial role in fostering psychological and emotional health and facilitating spiritual transformations is often overlooked. Unfortunately, this multifaceted benefit is frequently understated in the contemporary institutions of Chinese medicine in the West.

A significant reason for this neglect is the predominant focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the educational curricula of both mainland China and the West. TCM, which rose to prominence post the Cultural Revolution in China, was a time when spiritual pursuits and practices were stringently forbidden, leading to a paradigm where the emotional and spiritual facets of healing were largely ignored. The emphasis during this era was more on creating cost-effective healthcare solutions like acupuncture and herbal medicine to serve the extensive population.

However, the West has witnessed a revitalization of interest in Chinese Medicine, especially in Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM), in recent decades. This resurgence is largely attributed to the dedicated efforts of scholar-physicians like Heiner Freuhauf, Kiiko Matsumoto, Jeffrey Yuen, and their lineage teachers and students. CCM is deeply rooted in the philosophies of Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism and derives its principles from revered texts such as the Huangdi Neijing – Su Wen, Tai Su, Ling Shu; the Nan Jing; Mai Jing, Shang Han Lun; Jia Yu Jing, and the teachings of renowned masters like Liu Wansu, Zhang Congzheng, Li Gao, and Zhu Danxi.

We are of the strong conviction that the practice of acupuncture is elevated to its zenith when the principles of the Classics are fully embraced. This profound wisdom is best acquired through hands-on experience and learning under the guidance of experienced practitioners, a philosophy that is central to our apprenticeship program. By internalizing the timeless wisdom of the Classics, we can unlock the transformative and holistic potential of Chinese medicine, allowing us to experience its multifarious benefits. 

Daoist Classical medicine Syllabus

Classical Medicine Theory

Foundational theory on classical medicine

Jin Jing

Theory of Sinew channels and their use to treat common presentations of pain as well as other issues

Jing Bie

Theory of how divergents are created, how they present and treatment strategies

TCM & Jing Luo

The theory of the primary channels from a classical perspective and their use to treat physiology

Needles and Needling Techniques

Specific needling techniques and concepts within classical medicine

Diagnosis and Treatment

Theory and application of diagnosis and treatment from a classical perspective


Practical applications of the channels to treat pathology


Theory of the use of luo vessels, amongst other applications they are used to profoundly treat emotional issues

Qi Jing Ba Mai

Constitutional and yuan level issues are treated by the 8 extraordinary vessels

Classical medicine diet

Theories and dietary advice from a classical perspective to support the channel treatments

Pulse diagnosis

Pulse diagnosis for the five channels, sinews, divergents, 8ev's amongst others

Gui and Gu

Recognizing Gui and Gu and methods to treat patients presenting with them


practical hands on training in classical medicine, master tung, nutrition, daoist arts, practitioner cultivation and clinical training.

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