Neijing Studies: Level I (2018) 2017-09-06T11:46:56+00:00


Introduction to Neijing Studies: An In-depth Exploration of the Huangdi Neijing and Neijing Classical Acupuncture

Yellow EmperorThe Introduction to Neijing Studies 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.


Live spaces and recorded  materials (lectures, Q&A, forums)

Participate in live activities and/or set your pace (for busy schedules)

Online interactive learning with practitioners from around the world

Access to instructors and other students in the live classroom, forum, and Q&A


COURSE BEGINS:  January 21, 2018


COURSE SECTIONS: Online Lecture Series (12 months); Onsite Clinical Practicums I & II (2 week-long clinical intensives offered in both the US and the Europe)

TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour and 15 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 2017-18 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).


  • 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
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.


ONLINE LECTURE SERIES (live and recorded)

Introduction, Classical Scholarship, Neijing Space/Time Theory

JANUARY 21 – April 29, 2018
  • Session 1 – Intro to NJ Medicine / January 21, 2018
  • Session 2 – Classical Scholarship / January 28, 2018
  • Session 3 – Q&A (sessions 1&2) / February 4, 2018
  • Session 4 – Early Chinese History (Boyanton) / February 11, 2018
  • Session 5 – HDNJ text history (Boyanton) / February 18, 2018
  • Session 6 – Q&A (sessions 4&5) / February 25, 2018
  • Session 7 – Cosmological patterns / March 4, 2018
  • Session 8 – Celestial patterns / March 11, 2018
  • Session 9 – Q&A (sessions 7&8) / March 18, 2018
  • Session 10 – Terrestrial patterns / March 25, 2018
  • Session 11 – Five-level patterns / April 1, 2018
  • Session 12 – Q&A (sessions 10&11) / April 1, 2018
  • Session 13 – Six-leveI patterns / April 15, 2018
  • Session 14 – Jing/luo (radial/axial) patterns / April 22, 2018
  • Session 15 – Q&A (sessions 13&14) / April 29, 2018
  • BREAK: April 29 – May 27

The Human Body

MAY 27 – September 23, 2018
  • Session 1 – Intro to the human body / May 27, 2018
  • Session 2 – Mai rivers / June 3, 2018
  • Session 3 – Q&A (sessions1&2) / June 10, 2018
  • Session 4 – River courses / July 15, 2018
  • Session 5 – Surface topography / July 22, 2018
  • Session 6 – Q&A (sessions 4&5) / July 29, 2018
  • Session 7 – Storage (zang) regions / August 5, 2018
  • Session 8 – Transport (fu) regions / August 12, 2018
  • Session 9 – Q&A (sessions 7&8) / August 19, 2018
  • Session 10 – Roots & branches / August 26, 2018
  • Session 11 – Sinew body / September 2, 2018
  • Session 12 – Q&A (sessions 10&11) / September 9, 2018
  • Session 13 – Point depression regions A / September 16, 2018
  • Session 14 – Point depression regions B / September 23, 2018
  • Session 15 – Q&A (sessions 13&14) / September 23, 2018
  • BREAK: September 23 – October 14

Clinical Principles

OCTOBER 14, 2018 – FEBRUARY 10, 2019
  • Session 1 – Directional medicine / October 14, 2018
  • Session 2 – Shen / October 21, 2018
  • Session 3 – Q&A (sessions1&2) / October 28, 2018
  • Session 4 – Tissue plane (bi) obstructions / November 4, 2018
  • Session 5 – Causes of illness / November 11, 2018
  • Session 6 – Q&A (sessions 4&5) / November 18, 2018
  • Session 7 – Intro to physical diagnosis / November 25, 2018
  • Session 8 – Pulse diagnosis A / December 2, 2018
  • Session 9 – Q&A (sessions 7&8) / December 9, 2018
  • Session 10 – Pulse diagnosis B / January 6, 2019
  • Session 11 – Facial & forearm diagnosis / January 13, 2019
  • Session 12 – Q&A (sessions 10&11) / June 20, 2019
  • Session 13 – The Nine Needles / January 27, 2019
  • Session 14 – Needle Techniques / February 3, 2019
  • Session 15 – Q&A (sessions 13&14) / February 10, 2019
  • BREAK: December 16 – January 6
  • BREAK: February 10 – March 10

Special Topics

MARCH 10 – JUNE 16, 2019
  • Session 1 – Physician/patient relationship / March 10, 2019
  • Session 2 – Medical history / March 17, 2019
  • Session 3 – Q&A (sessions1&2) / March 24, 2019
  • Session 4 – External invasions / March 31, 2019
  • Session 5 – Emotional illness / April 7, 2019
  • Session 6 – Q&A (sessions 4&5) / April 14, 2019
  • Session 7 – Clinical decision making / April 21, 2019
  • Session 8 – Moxa therapy (Wilcox) / April 28, 2019
  • Session 9 – Q&A (sessions 7&8) / May 5, 2019
  • Session 10 – Medical Bazi May 12, 2019
  • Session 11 – Heaven & Earth interactions / May 19, 2019
  • Session 12 – Q&A (sessions 10&11) / May 26, 2019
  • Session 13 – Climate change / June 2, 2019
  • Session 14 – Clinic management/research / June 9, 2019
  • Session 15 – Q&A (sessions 13&14) / June 16, 2019


Total course hours = 100
Total lecture hours = 80
Total Q&A hours = 20

Total course hours per quarter = 25
Total lecture hours per quarter = 20
Total Q&A hours per quarter = 5


Trout Lake Abbey


April 5-11, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

August 17-22, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

Trout Lake Abbey website ››

Monte na Luz


May 12-19, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

June 30-July 6, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

Monte na Luz website ››


All prices in US Dollars.

Course Section Practitioner* Students Returning Participants
Online Lecture Series $3400 $2450 $1700
Clinical Practicum I (US) – April 5-11 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-May 19 2018 (Portugal) $990 $690 $495†¤
Clinical Practicum II (EU) – June 30-July 6 2018 (Portugal) $990 $690 $495†¤
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (US)‡ $4800 $3350 n/a
Bundle: Online Lecture Series + both Onsite Clinical Practicums (EU)‡ $4990 $3525 n/a
* 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: 24 practitioners, US: 18 practitioners). 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/from the event site. Participants are encouraged to make arrangements for the duration of the session, including transportation arrangements to/from the facility.


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 (October 1, 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% December 1, 2017
3rd Payment – 25% March 1, 2018
4th Payment – 25% June 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.


Tuition refunds are given as follows:

90 days prior to first class – 80% refund
60 days prior to first class – 60% refund
30 days prior to first class – 40% refund
15 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 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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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.


Edward Neal, MD

Stephen Boyanton, PhD
Lorraine Wilcox, PhD


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.


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.


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.


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. 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.


April 5-11, 2018
Trout Lake, Washington

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.


May 12-19, 2018
Loulé, Portugal

June 30-July 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.


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.

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 balance must be paid no later than 30 days after the course is 50% completed.

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:

90 days prior to first class – 80% refund
60 days prior to first class – 60% refund
30 days prior to first class – 40% refund
15 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 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.


40 lectures (1 hour 15 minutes each)
Total Lecture Time
50 hours course total

50 mins every two weeks
Total Open Office Time
15-20 hours course total

(live, written, video)
Total Forum Time
30 minutes/week
*variable, depending on class needs

2 six day retreats (US)
2 six day retreats (EU)
*optional in addition to online lecture series

Dr. Neal Teaching about
“Pulse Diagnosis”

July 23, 2017

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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