Neijing Studies: Level I (2016-17)

Neijing Studies: Level I (2016-17) 2017-07-19T11:39:57+00:00

Neijing Studies: Level I is designed to be a comprehensive one-year introduction to the theories and clinical practices of Chinese medicine as outlined in China’s original medical textbook, the Huangdi Neijing. The course is created for LAc acupuncturists, physician acupuncturists, Chinese medicine students and other health care practitioners as well as researchers wishing to gain a greater understanding of the root principles of Chinese medicine and classical acupuncture. It serves as the theoretical foundation for advanced clinical studies that begin in year two.

Please read through the course materials below, including the Frequently Asked Questions. Should you need any additional information or you questions aren’t answered here, please contact us.

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Course Information

OVERVIEW

Neijing Studies: Level I is designed to be a comprehensive year-long introduction to the theories and practices of the Huangdi Neijing. Compiled about two thousand years ago, the Huangdi Neijing or ‘Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic’ has been the primary textbook of Chinese medicine since its inception. These writings provide the theories and terms that have sustained the practice of Chinese medicine to the current day. Despite this importance, these ideas have been difficult to interpret and implement over the centuries. Recent studies using new approaches such as database text research have illuminated early medical ideas and highlight the importance these ideas may play in addressing a variety of global health problems.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Neijing level I consists of weekly online live and recorded lectures, interactive study sessions and two six-day onsite clinical training practicums. Online lectures are taught via a password protected Adobe Connect online classroom with live video streaming. Each online class lecture lasts approximately one to one and a half hours depending on topic. Each class may contain one to several topics. Due to teacher scheduling some classes are prerecorded for later viewing. All lectures are made available as online recordings for students who are unable to participate in live lectures. All enrolled students have full access to course material until 6 months after the end of class. After this, course material may be accessed by a monthly fee. Onsite in-person practicums consist of two 6-day residential retreats. Retreats are given both on the West Coast of the U.S. and in Europe. Neijing level I is designed as a pre-requisite for advanced clinical training that begins in the second year.

PRIMARY LECTURE SERIES (live and recorded)

Online Lectures

Approximately 60-70 hours

Part I – Introduction

001 – welcome
002 – course overview
003 – introduction to Neijing clinical medicine
004 – classical text scholarship
005 – classical text research
006 – history of early China
007 – Neijing text development

Part II – Neijing Space/Time Theory

008 – introduction to Neijing space/time theory
009 – dimensional shifting
010 – yin yang theory
011 – binary-level theory
012 – three-level theory
013 – shen-dimension theory
014 – five-level theory
015 – six-level theory

Part III – The Human Body – Terrain

016 – overview and orientation
017 – jing theory (axial topography)
018 – luo theory (radial topography)
019 – mai theory (vessel topography)
020 – six terrain anatomy (external circulation pathways)
021 – twelve river courses
022 – zang organs (directional roots)
023 – fu organs (external organ maintenance)
024 – jin theory (connective tissues) part a – introduction
025 – jin theory (connective tissues) part b – yang sinews
026 – jin theory (connective tissue body) part c – yin sinews
027 – xue (surface point depressions)
028 – benshu (root influence zones)
029 – genbie theory (root and branch regions)
030 – pibu (skin regions)
031 – zheng theory (direct pathways)
032 – six terrain exhaustion syndromes
033 – qi jing ba mai (eight extraordinary vessels)

Part IV – Neijing Medical Theory

034 – shun and ni (flow and counterflow patterns)
035 – zheng and heng (sequential and transverse circulation patterns)
036 – bi (tissue obstruction pathology)
037 – xie (pernicious influences)
038 – ji (ruling mechanism)
039 – shen (dimensional governance)
040 – the primary causes of illness

Part V – Neijing Diagnostic Theory

041 – introduction to physical diagnosis
042 – visual diagnosis
043 – methods of palpation
044 – tissue plane diagnosis
045 – renying/cunkou (neck and wrist pulse diagnosis)
046 – maikou (wrist pulse diagnosis)
047 – three region/nine subdivision pulse diagnosis
048 – facial diagnosis
049 – forearm diagnosis

Part VI – Neijing Clinical Practice

050 – nine needles
051 – five techniques
052 – nine techniques
053 – twelve techniques
054 – eastern direction techniques
055 – southern direction techniques
056 – western direction techniques
057 – northern direction techniques
058 – center direction techniques
059 – tonification and drainage techniques
060 – external invasions
061 – cold illnesses
062 – emotional illnesses
063 – patient interview
064 – directional treatment equations
065 – clinical decision making

Part VII – Special Topics

066 – stems and branches
067 – Wuyun liuqi theory (heaven and earth interactions)
068 – medical bazi (forecasting chart analysis)
069 – practicing medicine in times of climate change
070 – Neijing moxa therapy (Lorraine Wilcox, PhD)
071 – clinical research
072 – medical records
073 – patient safety
074 – clinic safety

RECORDED LECTURES

Approximately 12 hours

Part VIII – Twelve Vessel Regions

C001 – upper taiyin region (lung)
C002 – upper yangming region (large intestine)
C003 – lower yangming region (stomach)
C004 – lower taiyin region (pancreas)
C005 – upper shaoyin region (heart)
C006– upper taiyang region (small intestine)
C007 – lower taiyang region (bladder)
C008 – lower shaoyin region (kidney)
C009 – upper jueyin (region heart ruler)
C0010 – upper shaoyang region (three warmers)
C0011 – upper shaoyang region (gallbladder)
C0012 – lower jueyin region (liver)

Live Training

Part IX – Onsite Clinical Training

Approximately 72 hours

P001 – practitioner patient relationship
P002 – clinical palpation
P003 – tonification and drainage
P004 – eastern direction techniques
P005 – southern direction techniques
P006 – western direction techniques
P007 – northern direction techniques
P008 – center direction techniques
P009 – clinical patient evaluation
P010 – upper taiyin (lung) region
P011 – upper taiyin region (lung)
P012 – upper yangming region (large intestine)
P013 – lower yangming region (stomach)
P014 – lower taiyin region (pancreas)
P015 – upper shaoyin region (heart)
P016– upper taiyang region (small intestine)
P017 – lower taiyang region (bladder)
P018 – lower shaoyin region (kidney)
P019 – upper jueyin (region heart ruler)
P020 – upper shaoyang region (three warmers)
P021 – upper shaoyang region (gallbladder)
P022 – lower jueyin region (liver)
P023 – Clinical theater

STUDY SESSIONS (LIVE & RECORDED)

Part X – Bi-monthly online study sessions

Approximately 22 hours

Online Lecture Series
(begins August 28, 2016)

Approximately 60-70 online lecture hours

August 28, 2016

001 – welcome
002 – course overview
003 – introduction to Neijing clinical medicine

September 4, 2016

004 – classical text scholarship
005 – classical text research

September 11, 2016

006 history of early China (Stephen Boyanton, PhD)

September 18, 2016

007 – Neijing text development (Stephen Boyanton, PhD)

September 25, 2016

008 – introduction to Neijing space/time theory
009 – dimensional shifting
010 – yin yang theory

October 2, 2016

011 – binary-level theory
012 – three-level theory
013 – shen-dimension theory

October 9, 2016

014 – five-level theory

October 16, 2016

015 – six-level theory

October 30, 2016

016 – overview of the human body

November 6, 2016

017 – jing theory (axial topography)
018 – luo theory (radial topography)

November 20, 2016

019 – mai theory (vessel topography)

November 27, 2016

020 –six terrain anatomy (external circulation pathways)
021- twelve river courses

December 4, 2016

022 – zang organs (directional roots)

December 11, 2016

023 – fu organs (external organ maintenance)

December 18, 2016

024 – jin theory (connective tissues) part a – introduction (Caroline Strassberg, LAc)

January 8, 2017

025 – jin theory (connective tissues) part b – yang sinews (Caroline Strassberg, LAc)

January 15, 2017

026 – jin theory (connective tissue body) part c – yin sinews (Caroline Strassberg, LAc)

January 22, 2017

027 – xue (surface point depressions)

January 29, 2017

028 – benshu (root influence zones)

February 5, 2017

029 – genbie theory (root and branch regions)
030 – pibu (skin regions)

February 12, 2017

031 – zheng theory (direct pathways)
032 – six terrain exhaustion syndromes

February 19, 2017

033 – qi jing ba mai (eight extraordinary vessels)

February 26, 2017

034 – shun and ni (flow and counterflow patterns)
035 – zheng and heng (sequential and transverse circulation

March 5, 2017

036 – bi (tissue obstruction pathology)

March 12, 2017

037 – xie (pernicious influences)

March 19, 2017

038 – ji (ruling mechanism)
039 – shen (dimensional governance)

March 26, 2017

040 – the primary causes of illness

April 2, 2017

041 – introduction to physical diagnosis
042 – visual diagnosis

April 16, 2017

043 – methods of palpation
044 – tissue plane diagnosis

April 23, 2017

045 – renying/cunkou (neck and wrist pulse diagnosis)

April 30, 2017

046 – maikou (wrist pulse diagnosis)
047 – three region/nine subdivision pulse diagnosis

May 21, 2017

048 – facial diagnosis
049 – forearm diagnosis

May 28, 2017

050 – nine needles

June 4, 2017

051 – five techniques
052 – nine techniques
053 – twelve techniques

June 11, 2017

054 – eastern direction techniques
055 – southern direction techniques
056 – western direction techniques
057 – northern direction techniques
058 – center direction techniques

June 25, 2017

059 – tonification and drainage techniques

July 2, 2017

060 – external invasions
061 – cold illnesses
062 – emotional illnesses

July 9, 2017

063 – patient interview
064 – directional treatment equations
065 – clinical decision making

July 16, 2017

066 – stems and branches
067 – wuyun liuqi theory (heaven and earth interactions)

July 23, 2017

068 – medical bazi (forecasting chart analysis)

July 30, 2017

069 – practicing medicine in times of climate change

August 6. 2017

070 – Classical Neijing moxa therapy (Lorraine Wilcox, PhD)

August 13, 2017

070 – clinical research
071 – medical records
072 – patient safety
073 – clinic safety

Onsite Clinical Practicums

UNITED STATES

October 20-25, 2016
Trout Lake, Washington

April 6-11, 2017
Trout Lake, Washington

EUROPE

May 30-June 4, 2017
Spain (exact location TBA)

June 20-25, 2017
Spain (exact location TBA).

PRICING

Course Section Practitioner* Students Returning Participants
Online Lecture Series $3200 $2240 $1600
Onsite Clinical Practicum #1 (US) – October 20-25 2016 (Trout Lake Washington) $900 $630 $450†¤
Onsite Clinical Practicum #2 (US) – April 6-11 2017 (Trout Lake Washington) $900 $630 $450†¤
Onsite Clinical Practicum #1 (EU) – May 30-June 4 2017 (Spain) $990 $690 $495†¤
Onsite Clinical Practicum #1 (EU) – June 20-25 2017 (Spain) $990 $690 $495†¤
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (US)‡ $4500 $3100 n/a
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (EU)‡ $4600 $3200 n/a

* We offer a discount (scholarship) to Practitioners/Professionals in need. Please read below for more information.
Based on space availability. This discount applies only to classes that students have been taken before and are taking again.
This amounts to a 10% discount on the entire package. Must enroll in the Online Lecture Series and both Onsite Clinical Practicums in order to receive this discount. Discount applied during checkout.
¤As noted in the Accommodations tab, clinical practicums DO NOT include accommodations, travel expenses, or transportation to an from the event site. Participants are encouraged to make arrangements for the duration of the session, including transportation arrangements to/from the facility.

PAYMENT PLANS

We offer payment plans when paying for your course. There is a 3% maintenance/lender fee added on to your installment payment if you choose to enroll in the payment plan option. This covers our fees for having to manage the multiple payments and the financial risk we take in order to secure facilities and make travel arrangements for Onsite Clinical Practicums.

Payment plans are only available to set up before the beginning of the Online Lecture Series (August 2016). After that, the Onsite Clinical Practicums must be paid in full.

Tuition payment can be made in up to 4 installments. The payment schedule is as follows:

1st Payment – due at Registration
2nd Payment – 25% October 1, 2016±
3rd Payment – 25% January 1, 2017±
4th Payment – 25% March 1, 2017±[± For those who registered before June 30, 2016, your payment schedule is based on your registration date. Your payments are due 3, 6 , and 9 months after your registration date, respectively] The credit or debit card on file is charged automatically.

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for all payments until the full tuition of their enrolled course(s) is paid, whether they finish the course or not. We are very liberal with allowing participants make up missed classes through recordings or apply to continue in a future course.

REFUND POLICY

Tuition refunds are given as follows:

120 days prior to first class – 90% refund
90 days prior to first class – 70% refund
60 days prior to first class – 60% refund
30 days prior to first class – no refund

If you sign up for a payment plan and drop out of the course, you are still responsible for the balance due less your refund amount.

REDUCED RATE TUITION and SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PRACTITIONERS/PROFESSIONALS

Reduced rate tuition is available for the online lecture series for Practitioners/Professionals if they:

›› Currently hold student loan debt in excess of $25,000 USD or its equivalent in local currency and have an annual gross salary of less than $35,000 USD or its equivalent in local currency
›› Earn less than $25,000 USD/year in their clinical practice or its equivalent in local currency
›› Are within two years of graduation

Because of the fixed costs involved in running clinical retreats this discount is available for the online lecture section only.

In addition, scholarships are available for Practitioners/Professionals who work in impoverished or underserved medical areas, work in volunteer positions or work in countries with a significantly lower annual income.

The scholarship amount is determined by Dr. Neal and is based on a number of factors: (1) the kind and extent of the work you do; (2) any student loan balance that you may carry; (3) the cost of living in the country you work in.

Interested participants must file an application to be reviewed before receiving these scholarship discounts.

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PREREQUISITES

No prerequisites are required for online lectures. Students wishing to participate in clinical skills during in-person clinical practicums must be medically licensed or eligible for licensure in direct patient care in the locality in which they live or be currently enrolled in a recognized training program.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS (2016/2017)

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR
Edward Neal, MD

GUEST INSTRUCTORS
Stephen Boyanton, PhD
Lorraine Wilcox, PhD
Caroline Strassberg LAc

COURSE CONTENT, MATERIALS USE, AND AUTHORIZATION

Access to course lectures and materials is granted to individuals who are officially registered and whose course tuition has been received. Unauthorized sharing or use of course material may result in termination from the course. Unauthorized sharing, copying, broadcasting or use of material in research, publications, or other media venues without prior written permission is strictly prohibited and grounds for dismissal from the course and/or legal action.

PROFESSIONALISM

Clinical medicine requires a high degree of ethics and professionalism. All teachers and course participants are held to the same standard of professional and ethical behavior. Although rare, participants may be expelled from classes for unprofessional, disrespectful or unsafe behavior at anytime without prior warning. Such decisions are made at the discretion of the teacher and are not subject to review or appeal. If a student is expelled for such behavior, no refund will be given.

CLASS SAFETY

Clinical training involves a variety of learning experiences from diagnostic exercises to physical palpation and needle insertion. Although instructors work hard to ensure the safety of the learning environment it is impossible to supervise all students at every moment. Because of this, student participants must take responsibility for their own self-wellness. Anytime a participant feels uncomfortable or unsure of what is happening or has an adverse reaction to an exercise, they should withdraw and notify the attending teacher. Participants should not involve themselves in activities that personally feel unsafe, invasive or uncomfortable. If a student feels tired or ill, they should excuse themselves, contact the teacher and refrain from participating in the activity. Acupuncture carries inherent risks. Students should not perform techniques observed in clinical demonstrations until they have been properly demonstrated and reviewed. In general, when learning new needle techniques students should avoid treating between the seventh cervical vertebrae and the second lumbar vertebrae in the thorax or in the axilla unless specifically directed. All needles must be accounted for and properly disposed of within an appropriate sharps container.

ONSITE CLINICAL PRACTICUMS

Accommodations are not included in the cost of the Onsite Clinical Practicums. Participants are encouraged to make arrangements for the duration of the session, including transportation arrangements to/from the facility.

We make every effort to hold retreat sessions at a location where accommodations are also offered or where there are nearby cost-effective options available (hotels, bed and breakfast, rooms for rent, AirBnB, etc.). We will send a list with as many accommodation options as possible to registered participants at least several months in advance of the retreat.

With regard to transportation, we understand that the location of the retreat sessions is unknown or foreign to most participants, so we will make every effort to offer suggestions and organize rideshares to/from airports, or notify participants if the retreat facility offers shuttle services.

UNITED STATES

The schedule for Onsite Clinical Practicums in the US this year:

›› October 20-25, 2016 (Trout Lake, Washington)
›› April 6-11, 2017  (Trout Lake, Washington)

This year’s United States practicums will take place at Trout Lake Abbey. Trout Lake Abbey is retreat center associated with Mt. Adams Zen Center and boasts a 23-acre certified organic farm, located in Trout Lake, Washington. The center is located in a highland valley at the base of Mount Adams, Washington.

EUROPE

The schedule for Onsite Clinical Practicums in Europe this year:

›› May 30-June 4, 2017 (Spain)
›› June 20-25, 2017 (Spain)

We are currently making arrangements for these retreats. They will be held somewhere in Spain.

MEALS

Lunch will be provided each day during our Onsite Clinical Practicums. Breakfast and Dinner may be provided for a small additional fee. We’re still working on this detail.

Concrete information about meals and accommodations will be sent to all participants as we finalize details.

What if I am having technical difficulties with online lectures or other content?

We use the latest in streaming and video conferencing technology, so while we don’t anticipate any technical issues, the instructor will provide email and phone contact information at the beginning of the class which can be used to address any technical problems.

May I record class material for personal use?

Yes, unless specified, teaching material (except online video lectures) may be recorded and used for personal review, teaching or research purposes, provided proper attribution is given and the material is not used for commercial (money-making) purposes of for stand alone teaching. If excerpted translations are used for teaching, research or professional publications, users must contact the teacher/ translator directly review content and use and give prior written consent.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, payment plans are offered as an option during checkout. Participants can choose to have their tuition divided into 2, 3 or 4 installments. The balance must be paid no later than 30 days after the course begins.

Please note: participants are responsible for all payments until the full tuition of their enrolled course(s) is paid, whether they finish the course or not. We are very liberal with allowing participants make up missed classes through recordings or apply to continue in a future course.

Can I take the lecture series this year and take the on-site clinical training at another time?

Yes, these modules can be taken at students own pace.

Can I take the lecture portion if the class without participating in the on-site clinical training?

Yes, however students wishing to enroll in advanced clinical must complete all on-site clinical practicums prior to enrollment.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of this class?

Students who who participate fully and complete all course and lecture material will receive a certificate of completion in Neijing Studies from the Xinglin Institute for East Asian Medical Research.

What if I need a course refund?

Tuition refunds are given as follows:

120 days prior to first class – 90% refund
90 days prior to first class – 70% refund
60 days prior to first class – 60% refund
30 days prior to first class – no refund

Are CME/PDA credits  offered for these classes?

In the United States classes are accredited by the NCCAOM for Professional Development Activity credit

For live or recorded online lectures, students must sign into the online classroom to be documented and complete a post lecture test with a score of 80% or better.

In order to receive credit for onsite clinical training, participants must sign-in daily.

An administrative processing fee of $90 is applied to tuition cost for those who wish PDA certifications.

Does my tuition at live clinical sessions include room and boarding?

We work to identify retreat centers in beautiful natural settings that offer various lodging options to provide budget flexibility for students. We also arrange vegetarian catering for onsite meals. Students also have the option to arrange outside lodging and meals. Lodging and food options and costs vary by site location and are not included in course tuition. Prior to clinical classes a list of lodging and food options is sent to all students.

Can I attend one live clinical training session in the US and one in Europe?

Yes, course material is identical in the US and Europe. Students from the US and Europe may take clinical training at either location (space permitted).

Can I complete the course by watching recordings and attending onsite clinical trainings only?

Yes, due to scheduling conflicts many students participate in the course by watching recorded material. Completion of the full class does participation in both live six-day clinical training sessions.

Are classes taught in Europe?

Yes, European students may complete the course by viewing online live and recorded content and attending clinical on-site practicums given in Europe.

What if I cannot complete the class in the time allowed?

All course material except material taught at live onsite clinical training locations is made available as online recorded lectures. Students have six months after classes end to review and study course material in their own time.

Where are onsite practicums taught?

Each year, onsite practicums are taught in two residential six-day sessions. In the United States sessions are held on the West Coast of the United States. Previously in Europe, classes have been held in the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain. Locations in Europe vary year to year depending on availability. European site locations for 2016/2017 are currently being finalized.

At the end of the course will I be able to implement Neijing practice in my office fully?

Neijing level I was designed to provide a comprehensive background in Neijing studies in preparation for advanced clinical training in year two. While students do learn diagnostic skills and needle techniques in level I which they can begin to use in their practice, this class is designed to provide a theoretical basis for life-long learning in Neijing classical medicine.

How are costs calculated?

Cost are reviewed annually to ensure that student costs are equitable and teachers research and preparation work is compensated. Student tuition is currently $40/hr for online lectures and $25/hr for onsite clinical training courses. A 10% fee is added for international teaching to offset travel costs. Students, practitioners with current student loans greater than $20,000 and practitioners working in underserved areas (please contact us to review the latter) receive a 30% discount. Scholarships are available for practitioners working in underserved areas. Please contact us with any questions.

Do I need to be able to read Chinese to take this course?

While these texts are written in a classical Chinese, a majority of students taking this class have no experience with the Chinese. All required English translations are provided and reviewed by the instructors.

What is Neijing Classical Acupuncture?

Neijing classical acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system based on writings in early Chinese medical texts used to treat illnesses of all types of severity. It is based on detailed descriptions of patterns of Nature and the extrapolations of these observations to the human body. In these texts, acupuncture needles were used to regulate the body’s tissue planes and restore the vascular circulation. This allows the body to restore its inherent healing potential.

What is the Huangdi Neijing?

The Huangdi Neijing, or Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic is a compilation of medical writings from early China. It has been the unifying source text of Chinese medicine theory and practice for several thousand years. Written as a series of discussion between the Yellow Emperor and his ministers, in its current form the text consists of two sections, the Suwen ‘Plain Questions’ and Lingshu ‘Divine Pivot’. The former speaks primarily of basic medical theory and practice while the latter is the original text of acupuncture.

NEIJING STUDIES: LEVEL I

ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

August 28, 2016 to
August 13, 2017

ONSITE CLINICAL PRACTICUM

United States

October 20-25, 2016
Trout Lake, Washington

April 6-11, 2017
Trout Lake, Washington

Europe

May 30-June 4, 2017
Spain (exact location TBA)

June 20-25, 2017
Spain (exact location TBA)

What People Are Saying

As a student I can say if you are feeling like school is becoming rote and Chinese medicine is a prescription based, automatic procedure, please, take this course. It will revive and nourish the very reason that brought you to school. In my second year I found myself doubting the medicine I had once loved. Where was the elegant and complex theory of our earth and cosmos? Where was the intricate vision of how we are inextricably bound to its subtle and vast movement?

When I saw Dr. Neal’s introduction to this course I knew I had rediscovered what originally brought me to this medicine. The most powerful techniques available to us reside in our mother text. The Neijing is at once pragmatic and cosmic. Each class is an illumination.

Dr. Neal is an unparalleled lecturer. He does not waste time in unhelpful tangents. He is clear, concise, and artful in his explication of incredibly difficult concepts. He is a treasure to our medicine.

Finally, the practicums accelerated my ability far beyond my expectations. It is incredible to watch Dr. Neal as a clinician. His skill and grace with patients imparted a sense of confidence that I lacked. Now I I am able to see critical issues in patients that I previously overlooked. And this is only the basics of the first year!

This course will change your life. It will revive in you the possibility of being the practitioner you always wanted to be.

P. Galle
I have been in practice for over 15 years as well as teaching Chinese medicine philosophy, theory and practice. Dr Neal”s course has been an eye opener, as he talked about many areas I had wondered about, but mostly as he combined my interests in philosophy and classical Chinese and rooted Chinese medicine firmly in the classics. He then proceeded to apply it… Amazing!
D.W., Acupuncturist, Teacher
Studying the Neijing with Dr. Neal has been like peeling back a curtain. His translation of the Neijing is remarkably straightforward, yet shines a new, modern light on what I’ve come to realize is a rich and still-relevant classic text. I came away from the course with a deeper understanding of the very basic principles of Chinese medicine and also its vast complexity. I think this richness and beauty of our medicine can too easily be undervalued or even dismissed altogether in any modern practice–no matter how successful—and what I once viewed as somewhat archaic and cryptic has instead become an inspiration and axis around which my work now revolves.
A.G., Acupuncturist, Member - Oregon State Medical Board
Dr. Neal has a gift for teaching. From the first 5 minutes listening to him, I could tell that I was about to have my whole world flipped upside down. His lectures are beautifully crafted as he takes unbelievably complex material and relays it in a way that a 6-year old could understand it. I began this class looking for ways to hone my treatment skills, but what I got out of it was so much more. Dr. Neal opened my eyes to how nature works and how the universe patterns itself and that is a gift for which I am forever in gratitude. He is absolutely inspiring. He is definitely an inspiration to me.
Joseph, Acupuncturist, father
This class brought it all together for me. I got plenty of techniques and protocols in school, but there has been a gaping hole in my soul craving the “why?!” and this class cuts right to the heart of it all. Dr. Neal doesn’t shy away from the “why?!” question for a moment; instead he goes right into it. Everything is explained in a way that is rooted and makes sense, and somehow because of that it all becomes even more magical! The ancient Chinese were looking at the same body that we are looking at today! Why in the world would we not approach Chinese Medicine like they were looking at the same thing we are looking at? Where did we get so far off-track that most Chinese Medicine graduates can’t confidently answer basic questions like “What is qi?” and “What are the jingmai?” Dr. Neal is rocking the Chinese Medicine world right now by asking the “why?” question and I am so glad that he is. Chinese Medicine theory and practice has never made more sense than it does now and I can very confidently look patients and other practitioners (Western and Eastern) in the eye and tell them exactly what I’m doing and why it makes incredible sense. Thank you so much, Dr. Neal. You have completely changed my practice and opened up a whole world for me. I’ve never been more excited about practicing Chinese Medicine.
J.F., Acupuncturist, Clinic Director