Neijing Studies: Level I (2018) 2017-11-05T19:11:59+00:00

NEIJING STUDIES: LEVEL I – COURSE BEGINS JANUARY 21, 2018 |  Register Now ››

Neijing Studies – Level I: An In-depth Exploration of the Huangdi Neijing and Neijing Classical Acupuncture

The Neijing Studies: Level I course is designed to provide practitioners and students of Chinese medicine with an in-depth overview of the core concepts of the Huangdi Neijing with a focus on the practice of Neijing classical acupuncture.

Neijing Classical Acupuncture

Written over 2,000 years, the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) is the defining root text of Chinese medicine theory and practice. All basic Chinese medical theories ultimately trace their lineage back to these texts. However, over the centuries these writings have become difficult to fully interpret. Recent analysis, using computer databases and new techniques, has unlocked key perspectives and information that is poised to revolutionize the understandings of Chinese medicine as well as to give new insights into the treatment of global health conditions such as cancer, malaria, tuberculosis and others. This course is based on direct translations and descriptions of this groundbreaking material.

COURSE FEATURES

Weekly recorded lectures on classical Neijing Medicine

Study at your own pace (for busy schedules)

Access to instructors and other students in live forum discussions and Q&A

Online interactive learning with practitioners from around the world

COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSE BEGINS:  January 21, 2018

COURSE DURATION: 12 Months

COURSE SECTIONS: Online Lecture Series (12 months); Onsite Clinical Practicums I & II (two 5-day clinical intensives offered in both the US and the Europe)

TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures per week during the academic quarters, participation in forum discussions, live questions and answer periods and study of ancillary material. Lectures may be viewed or as recordings depending on student need.

Edward Neal, MDThis course is the same classical material Dr. Neal has been teaching in Neijing Studies: Level I course for almost a decade. However, for the 2018 course, we’re pleased to announce a new format in a self-contained online classroom with multiple opportunities for learners to set their own pace and engage with the material in ways that suit their needs.

The new course format features live classroom time and recorded lectures. Live Q&A sessions are used to reinforce themes and concepts. The new format features topic-specific forums, so learners can interact with one another and instructors in real-time. Fundamental concepts are revisited periodically through the process of circular learning, the process of studying basic principles from a variety of different perspectives.

Teaching is based on the Neijing text itself, with original translations supplied by the instructor. Each week a character related to the course content is studied in-depth.

In addition to the Online Live and Recorded Course, Clinical Practicums are offered for students who would like to add week-long clinical intensives to their online learning. There are two sets of practicums offered this year: two in Portugal and two in Washington State (US).

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Achieve a detailed understanding of the key concepts and terms of the Huangdi Neijing.
  • Build a strong foundational understanding to serve as a basis for lifetime learning in the Chinese medical classics.
  • Develop a detailed introduction to the clinical and diagnostic techniques of Neijing classical acupuncture.
  • Create a solid foundation that serves as a platform for advanced clinical training beginning in the second year of the course.
  • Create a solid foundation that serves as a platform for advanced Neijing research.
  • Engage with instructors and other learners from around the world in a dynamic, online classroom environment.
  • Build lasting relationships with other like-minded students and colleagues interested in Neijing classical medicine
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If you have a keen interest in the key concepts of Chinese Medicine and wish to undertake an in-depth study of the medical classics in order to enhance your clinical practice, this course is for you.

COURSE INFORMATION

ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

SECTION 101 / WINTER QUARTER 2018
Introduction, Classical Scholarship, Neijing Space/Time Theory

Lecture #1 – Introduction to Neijing medicine

Lecture #1 introduces students to the overall course and the subject of Neijing medical studies. Basic principles of Neijing medicine are reviewed.

Lecture #2 – Classical medicine scholarship

Lecture #2 introduces students to the field of classical medical text scholarship. Basic approaches and techniques of classical text research are reviewed and introduced.

Lecture #3 – History of early China (Stephen Boyanton, PhD)

Lecture #3 reviews the history and culture of early China, the historical period in which the principles of Chinese medicine were first developed and written. Guest lecturer Stephen Boyanton, PhD.

Lecture #4 – Neijing text development (Stephen Boyanton, PhD)

Lecture #4 examines the history and and development of the Neijing text from its early origins in the Warring States and Han dynasties through later editions in the Northern Song dynasty. Guest lecturer Stephen Boyanton, PhD.

Lecture #5 – Neijing space/time theory

Lecture #5 introduces students to basic concepts of Neijing space/time theory, the key unifying idea which the majority of ideas in the Neijing text relate to and are based on.

Lecture #6 – Heavenly patterns

Lecture #6 reviews the basic patterns of space/time motion that occur in the celestial (stellar) heavens. Celestial patterns are one of the patterns of the natural environment and strongly  influence the life and health of the human organism.

Lecture #7 – Terrestrial patterns

Lecture #7 studies the patterns of space/time motion occurring in the terrestrial biosphere. Terrestrial patterns occur in the realm in which human beings reside and spend there lives and are critical factors in health and illness.

Lecture #8 – Five-level patterns

Lecture #8 studies the principles of five-level dimensional space/time patterns. Five-level patterns represent the basic pattern of organized motion within the cosmos and strongly affect the patterning and functioning of the human body, for example in the patterns of the five zang storage regions (internal organs).

Lecture #9 – Six-level patterns

Lecture #9 studies the principles of six-level dimensional space/time patterns. Six-level patterns arise from the unique conditions of the earth biosphere and strongly influence the body, for example in the circulation of the twelve mai rivers.

Lecture #10 – Axial and radial (jing luo) patterns

Lecture #10 studies the expressions of axial (jing) and radial (luo) patterns in nature. These patterns are a fundamental template used by nature in the creation of the body and the natural world. Much of the anatomy and physiology of the human body is based on these patterns. Thus to practice classical medicine it is essential to understand how these patterns develop and express in the human body.

SECTION 102 / SPRING QUARTER 2018
The Human Body, Anatomy, Circulation Pathways

Lecture #11 – The human body

Lecture #11 introduces basic ideas of the human body as described in the Neijing text and begins to develop a viewpoint of the body that can be used in daily clinical practice. These perspectives differ significantly from those give in contemporary medicine or modern Chinese medicine.

Lecture #12 – Mai rivers

Lecture #12 introduces the central concepts of the mai (blood) rivers of the human body as described in the Neijing text. Much the of early concepts of human health and illness revolve around the circulation and health of these systems. Thus an understanding of these systems is fundamental for clinical practice.

Lecture #13 – River courses

Lecture #13 reviews the circulation pathways of the primary jing mai rivers. These courses serve as the starting point for an deep understanding of the circulation pathways of the Neijing body and were considered critical information for clinical practice.

Lecture #14 – Regional features

Lecture #14 – in the Neijing the human body was described as a complex natural ecosystem. This lecture introduces the student to some of the key topographic features of this natural landscape including the body’s seas, marshes, streams, mountains, ravines and valleys.

Lecture #15 – Zang storage regions

Lecture #15 – in early medical texts the human organs (zang storage regions) were understood to be the roots of directional energies within the body and were central to its proper respiration and circulation. This lectures examines how these zang storage region function and looks at the key role they play in Neijing clinical medicine.

Lecture #16 – Fu transport regions

Lecture #16 examines the central role of the fu transport regions in Neijing medical theory. These regions have a key responsibility in digestion and urination and were seen as critical to balancing the overall circulations and functioning of the human body.

Lecture #17 – Roots and fruitions

Lecture #17 – much like plants in nature the Neijing jingmai circulation pathways were seen to have a primary root (ben) region, a secondary (gen) rootlet region and fruition area (jie). This lecture reviews the concepts of root (ben), rootlet (gen) and fruition (jie) and examines their locations and clinical expressions.

Lecture #18 – Sinews

Lecture #18 provides an overview of the Neijing sinew (jin) body. While not currently widely known the Neijing provides a sophisticated description of the human musculoskeletal and connective tissue body. This includes detailed anatomical descriptions as well as a robust theoretical understanding of how the body moves three-dimensional space.

Lecture #19 – Point depressions A

Lecture #19 introduces the Neijing understanding of point depression regions and describes basic Neijing point categories such as the root shu regions, heat and water shu regions and the back shu regions.

Lecture #20 – Point depressions B

Lecture #20 continues the study of Neijing point categories by describing classical locations and descriptions of point depressions found on the primary mai rivers.

SECTION 103 / SUMMER QUARTER 2018
Clinical Principles

Lecture #21 – Shen

Lecture #21 introduces the key unifying concept of organizing illumination (shen). Shen is perhaps one of the most critical yet most mis-understood concepts in Chinese medicine. In the Neijing the concept, shen was the key foundation for physiological systems and all clinical techniques and understandings. This lecture examines the concept of shen by examining various Neijing text passages on the subject.

Lecture #22 – Directional medicine

Lecture #22 introduces basic concepts of directional medicine (fang yi). Directional medicine was at the core of early Chinese medical theory but later lost its influence. These ideas view different expressions of health and illness as deeper manifestations of yin yang breath. By adjusting different directional aspects (or phases) of this breath health and well-being can be restored.

Lecture #23 – Bi obstructions

Lecture #23 introduces the concept of bi obstruction pathology. In Neijing medicine Bi obstructions are localized areas within the body’s three-dimensional tissue planes where the normal respiration of the yin yang breath ceases. They were considered primary pathologies in human illness and were seen as the primary indication for acupuncture intervention.

Lecture #24 – Causes of illness

Lecture #24 reviews the primary causes and mechanisms of human illness as described in the Neijing. While the expressions of human illness are numerous the actual causes of illness are limited. This understanding is very useful and powerful in clinical medicine.

Lecture #25 – Physical diagnosis

Lecture #25 examines basic principles of physical diagnosis as described in the Neijing including, different levels of clinical perception, aspects of yin yang balance and symmetry and directional presentations of illness.

Lecture #26 – Pulse diagnosis A

Lecture #26 continues the study of Neijing diagnostic principles by examining principles of classical pulse diagnosis. Part A examines wrist pulse diagnosis and different aspects of seasonal pulse qualities.

Lecture #27 – Pulse diagnosis B

Lecture #27 continues the study of Neijing classical pulse diagnosis by examining the carotid/wrist (renying/maikou) and three region/nine conditions (sanbu/jiuhou) pulse diagnosis systems, two overlooked but very useful clinical techniques.

Lecture #28 – Facial & forearm diagnosis

Lecture #28 examines the classical practice of facial and forearm diagnosis. Facial diagnosis provides invaluable information in real time as to the directional forces of the body. Forearm diagnosis gives information as to how forces of illness are expressing in the physical form of the body.

Lecture #29 – The Nine Needles

Lecture #29 introduces the Nine Classical Needles. In the Neijing these needles were considered to be constitute a surgical kit used to intervene and restore the directional circulation of the body and the normal flow of the blood (mai) rivers. They are the basis of many classical clinical treatments.

Lecture #30 – Needle methods

Lecture #30 reviews the primary needle techniques found in the Neijing. In early texts needle techniques were seen as being surgical techniques used to resolve tissue-based bi obstruction syndromes and restore tissue-level yin yang respiration. They are essential to classical medical practice.

SECTION 104 / AUTUMN QUARTER 2018
Special Topics

Lecture #31 – Physician/patient relationship

Lecture #31 examines the primary aspects of the physician/patient relationship and clinical encounter and studies the responsibilities of the clinician as described in the Neijing text.

Lecture #32 – Medical history

Lecture #32 examines the role of the medical history in Neijing clinical practice. This approach utilizes a narrative timeline to build an understanding of the patients health history and understand how illnesses arise sequentially and can be treated.

Lecture #33 – Clinical decision making

Lecture #33 studies the process of clinical decision making and planning and the role of physician-level thinking. These skills bring together a variety of skills previously studied to formulate comprehensive clinical approaches which can be used in patients with complex and life-threatening illnesses.

Lecture #34 – External invasions

Lecture #34 examines the special clinical challenges and treatments specific to patients with external invasions such as acute febrile illnesses or common global health problems such as malaria. These ideas serve as the clinical basis for the treatment of a wide variety of common illnesses.

Lecture #35 – Emotional illnesses

Lecture #35 examines the special considerations that are used when dealing with patients with significant emotional problems including depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Lecture #36 – Moxa therapeutics (Lorraine Wilcox, PhD)

Lecture #36 reviews the uses and indications of classical moxa therapy as described in the Neijing through the study of text passages. Guest lecturer Lorraine Wilcox, PhD.

Lecture #37 – Medical bazi

Lecture #37 introduces the subject of medical chart forecasting (bazi suanming). Although developed in later dynasties, medical chart forecasting is based on yin yang theory compatible with early Neijing theories and offers a unique perspective into clinical scenarios.

Lecture #38 – Heaven & earth interactions (wuyun liuqi)

Lecture #38 introduces one of the most central but mis-understood subjects of Neijing medical science, the study of heaven and earth interactions (wuyun liuqi). These ideas give a deep understanding of the influence cyclical environmental patterns have on human health and illness and predict of the influences different forces have in a given time and season.

Lecture #39 – Climate change

Lecture #39 examines the unique challenges health practitioners face when treating patients in the times of climate change. Topics include an examination of the Neijing perspective on climate change and specific clinical strategies that can be used to manage these effects.

Lecture #40 – Clinic management/research

Lecture #40 discusses practical aspects of running a classical Chinese medicine clinic including record keeping, workplace safety and effective communication. In addition it examines ways to stay involved in classical medicine research.

COURSE TOTALS

40 lectures – 1 hour 30 minutes each
Total Lecture Hours – 60 hours

Office Hours: 1 hour every other week (Saturday)
Total Office Hours – 20 hours

TOTAL CLASSROOM HOURS – 80 hours

plus online discussion time

ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

Begins January 21, 2018
Approximately 60 online lecture hours

SECTION 101 / WINTER QUARTER 2018
Introduction, Classical Scholarship, Neijing Space/Time Theory

January 21, 2018
Lecture #1 – Introduction to Neijing medicine

January 28, 2018
Lecture #2 – Classical medicine scholarship

February 4, 2018
Lecture #3 – History of early China (Stephen Boyanton, PhD)

February 11, 2018
Lecture #4 – Neijing text development (Stephen Boyanton, PhD)

February 18, 2018
Lecture #5 – Neijing space/time theory

February 25, 2018
Lecture #6 – Heavenly patterns

March 4, 2018
Lecture #7 – Terrestrial patterns

March 11, 2018
Lecture #8 – Five-level patterns

March 18, 2018
Lecture #9 – Six-level patterns

March 25, 2018
Lecture #10 – Axial and radial (jing luo) patterns

Spring break March 25-April 15, 2018

SECTION 102 / SPRING QUARTER 2018
The Human Body, Anatomy, Circulation Pathways

April 15, 2018
Lecture #11 – The human body

April 22, 2018
Lecture #12 – Mai rivers

April 29, 2018
Lecture #13 – River courses

May 6, 2018
Lecture #14 – Regional features

May 13, 2018
Lecture #15 – Zang storage regions

May 20, 2018
Lecture #16 – Fu transport regions

May 27, 2018
Lecture #17 – Roots and branches

June 3, 2018
Lecture #18 – Sinews

June 10, 2018
Lecture #19 – Point depressions A

June 17, 2018
Lecture #20 -Point depressions B

Spring break March 25-April 15, 2018

SECTION 103 / SUMMER QUARTER 2018
Clinical Principles

July 15, 2018
Lecture #21 – Shen

July 22, 2018
Lecture #22 – Directional medicine

July 29, 2018
Lecture #23 – Bi obstructions

August 5, 2018
Lecture #24 – Causes of illness

August 12, 2018
Lecture #25 – Physical diagnosis

August 19, 2018
Lecture #26 – Pulse diagnosis A

August 26, 2018
Lecture #27 – Pulse diagnosis B

September 2, 2018
Lecture #28 – Facial & forearm diagnosis

September 9, 2018
Lecture #29 – The Nine Needles

September 16, 2018
Lecture #30 – Needle methods

Summer break September 16-30, 2018

SECTION 104 / AUTUMN QUARTER 2018
Special Topics

September 30, 2018
Lecture #31 – Physician/patient relationship

October 7, 2018
Lecture #32 – Medical history

October 14, 2018
Lecture #33 – Clinical decision making

October 21, 2018
Lecture #34 – External invasions

October 28, 2018
Lecture #35 – Emotional illnesses

November 4, 2018
Lecture #36 – Moxa therapeutics (Lorraine Wilcox, PhD)

November 11, 2018
Lecture #37 – Medical bazi

November 18, 2018
Lecture #38 – Heaven & earth interactions (wuyun liuqi)

November 25, 2018
Lecture #39 – Climate change

December 2, 2018
Lecture #40 – Clinic management/research

Course ends

ONSITE CLINICAL PRACTICUMS

Trout Lake Abbey

UNITED STATES

Limit: 30 participants

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
April 6-11, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
August 17-22, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

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Monte na Luz

EUROPE

Limit: 25 participants

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
May 12-19, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
July 1-6, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

Monte na Luz website ››

PRICING

All prices in US Dollars.

Course Section Practitioner* Students Returning Participants
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (US) $4800 $3350 $2400
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (EU) $4990 $3525 $2495
Online Lecture Series $3400 $2450 $1700
Clinical Practicum I (US) – April 6-11 2018 (Trout Lake Washington) ¤† $900 $630 $450
Clinical Practicum II (US) – August 17-22 2018 (Trout Lake Washington) ¤† $900 $630 $450
Clinical Practicum I (EU) – May 12-19 2018 (Portugal) ¤† $990 $700 $495
Clinical Practicum II (EU) – July 1-6 2018 (Portugal) ¤† $990 $700 $495

* Limited number of scholarships available if you volunteer in your community serving an underserved population or have other extenuating circumstances.
Based on space availability (EU: 25 practitioners, US: 30 practitioners). This discount applies only to classes that students have been taken before and are taking again.
This amounts to approximately 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/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 (January 21, 2017). 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% March 1, 2018
3rd Payment – 25% June 1, 2018
4th Payment – 25% October 1, 2018

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:

60 days prior to first class – 100% refund
30 days prior to first class – 75% refund
15 days prior to first class – 50% refund
1 days prior to first class – 25% refund
after 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.

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

*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 Onsite Clinical Practicums must be medically licensed or eligible for licensure in direct patient care in the locality in which they live, or must be currently enrolled in a recognized training program.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS (2018)

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR
Edward Neal, MD

GUEST INSTRUCTORS
Stephen Boyanton, PhD
Lorraine Wilcox, PhD

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

Please note: accommodations are NOT included in the cost of the Onsite Clinical Practicums. Accommodations are offered at the retreat centers. If participants choose to stay elsewhere, they are encouraged to make arrangements for the duration of the session, including transportation arrangements to/from the facility. All efforts are made to assist participants in transportation to/from the retreat center.

We 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

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
April 5-11, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
August 17-22, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

This year’s United States practicums will take place at Trout Lake Abbey, a beautiful 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. Accommodations are located on the premises and at several nearby motels and guest houses.

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EUROPE

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
May 12-19, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
July 1-6, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

This year’s European practicums will take place at Monte Na Luz, a stunning retreat center situated in the heart of the Algarve, the Southernmost region of Portugal, in an authentic Portuguese environment, between olive, almond and carob trees. The retreat grounds feature a common meeting room, cottages, a swimming pool, and other open space gardens.

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MEALS

All meals will be provided each day during our Onsite Clinical Practicums. If you have a dietary concern, please update your Student Account profile and make sure to let us know in advance. let us know. Concrete information about meals and accommodations will be sent to all participants as date approach.

Please note: accommodations are NOT included in the cost of the Onsite Clinical Practicums. Accommodations are offered at the retreat centers. If participants choose to stay elsewhere, they are encouraged to make arrangements for the duration of the session, including transportation arrangements to/from the facility. All efforts are made to assist participants in transportation to/from the retreat center.

Is this course right for me?

This is an information-rich course. Students who do well in this course and feel it is beneficial have a genuine interest in the early Chinese medical texts and theories and are willing to put in the time in study and participation. Students who are hoping to learn a few quick techniques are likely to be disappointed and will find the study excessive. That being said it is not necessary for students to have extensive clinical experience or speak Chinese. This course is applicable to students who are beginning their studies in Chinese medicine as long as there is a genuine interest in the medical classics.

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 4 installments.

The payment plan due dates are as follows:

1st Payment – due at Registration
2nd Payment – 25% March 1, 2018
3rd Payment – 25% June 1, 2018
4th Payment – 25% September 1, 2018

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:

Tuition refunds are given as follows:

60 days prior to first class – 100% refund
30 days prior to first class – 75% refund
15 days prior to first class – 50% refund
1 days prior to first class – 25% refund
after 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 quiz with a score of 75% 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 want PDA certification.

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 Studies: Level I is 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.

Dr. Neal Teaching about
“External Diseases”

Watch Dr, Neal present a brief excerpt from a lecture on External Diseases given to current Neijing Studies: Level I students on October 1, 2017

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BUNDLE PRICING

Participants always get more from the course when they enroll in the Clinical Practicums alongside the Online Lecture Series. We’re offering a pricing incentive for those who enroll in all three.

  • BUNDLE: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (US)* – Professional $4800, Student $3350, Returning Participant $2400
  • BUNDLE: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (EU)* – Professional $4990, Student $3925, Returning Participant $2495

We hope you’ll join us for the entire series!

*Please note: Cost does not include travel or accommodations at the Clinical Practicums. Both event spaces offer accommodations, but have a limited capacity. Enrollment is limited to US (30) and EU (25). Please see the information above for more details.

NEIJING STUDIES: LEVEL I – COURSE BEGINS JANUARY 21, 2018 |  Register Now ››

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
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
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
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