What is Classical Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is well established in the West as an effective cure for acute and chronic pain as well as other diseases. What’s not so well known is it’s also a powerful modality for promoting psychological and emotional wellbeing as well  as facilitating spiritual transformations. There are a few reasons why this isn’t emphasised in modern Chinese medicine institutions in the West.

One main reason that Chinese medicine training in mainland China and the West typically focuses on the practice and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This system was developed following the Cultural Revolution in China which outlawed and discarded all spiritual practices and cultivation. Whilst a highly effective form of medicine in its own right, the acupuncture and herbal medicine developed in mainland China during the 1960s was mainly aimed at  delivering healthcare to a large population as cheaply as possible. In TCM there is little emphasis on the emotional and spiritual aspect in healing of disease. 

Chinese Medicine rooted in the Classics has made a resurgence in the West in the past few decades. Largely due to the efforts of scholar-physicians such as Heiner Freuhauf and his lineage teachers, Kiiko Matsumoto and many lineage masters such as Jeffrey Yuen and their students. 

Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) is deeply rooted with the philosophies of Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. The practice of the medicine has evolved from the teachings of the Classical Daoist medical texts such as the Huangdi Neijing – Su Wen, Tai Su, Ling Shu; the Nan Jing; Mai Jing, Shang Han Lun; Jia Yu Jing. It also  draws upon the teachings of the Imperial Medical Academy of the Song Dynasty and the Four Great Masters – Liu Wansu, Zhang Congzheng, Li Gao and Zhu Danxi.

We believe that the practice of acupuncture is elevated when we embody the principles of the Classics. This can only be learned in the field, working alongside experienced practitioners and is the main emphasis of the apprenticeship program.

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

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

CCM Pulse diagnosis

Classical medicine pulse diagnosis for sinews, divergents, 8ev's amongst others

Gui and Gu

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