Traditional Chinese Medicine

Asian Studies 305

This course will be offered on an alternating year basis on campus. The course will next be offered on campus during the spring term of the 2010-2011 academic year.

A study of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Dynastic and Modern China, including its connections with Taoism. This course counts towards partial fulfillment of the "Perspectives on Human Values and Existence" graduation requirement and total completion of the Global ("G" suffix) graduation requirement.


At the completion of this course you should have:

  • Had fun and enjoyed the term
  • An understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as an understanding of how TCM is practiced in China today
  • An understanding of how Taoism, Yn and Yang serves as the "cornerstone" and underlying philosophies and precepts of TCM
  • An understanding of the Three Treasures (Jing, Qi and Shen Qi) and how they pertain to and are integral to TCM
  • An understanding of the organization of the Zang Fu and the view of their individual and collective functions in TCM
  • An understanding of the basic precepts underlying TCM symptomology and diagnostic methodologies
  • An understanding of how acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine and QiGong are integral parts of TCM
  • An understanding of how the various aspects of TCM are utilized in curative and preventive medicine
  • Intellecturally compared and contrasted the beliefs and practices of "western" medicine and TCM


  • "The Tao of Pooh" by B. Hoff. (1982) New York:Penguin Books
  • "Lao Tzu; Tao Te Ching, A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way" by U. Le Guin. (1998) Boston: Shambhalla Publiscations
  • "The Web That Has No Weaver" by T.J. Kaptchuk. (2000) Chicago: Contemporary Books
  • "Lecture Note Outline for Traditional Chinese Medicine" by R.B. Tallitsch. (2004) Rock Island: Augustana Press

The Tao of PoohLao Tzy; Tao Te Ching, A Book About the Way and the Power of the WayThe Web That Has No Weaver