Essentials of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Essentials of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Program Description 

Essentials of Chinese Herbal Medicine was developed in response to the strong and persistent demand for basic training in herbal medicine by graduates of the HMI medical acupuncture programs and members of the AAMA. In the tradition of Chinese medicine, herbal formulations work hand-in-hand with acupuncture to address problems inadequately treated by acupuncture alone, especially functional disturbances and chronic organ problems. Thanks to traditional herbal formulae prepared in the United States, a physician trained in medical acupuncture can now safely and responsibly incorporate this discipline in medical practice.

Dr. Michael Arnold's lectures start with the safety considerations in herbal prescribing, continue to the theoretical foundations of Chinese medicine and pathology syndromes of the organs, and concentrate on problems seen commonly in medical acupuncture clinics: respiratory problems, allergies, digestive disturbances, gynecologic problems, pain, and Shen disturbances. Chinese herbal medicine is a complex discipline. This videocourse curriculum provides the safe foundation for practitioners to learn practical prescribing of commercially prepared U.S. products.

Program Objectives

With conscientious study, at the conclusion of this video training program you should be able to:

  • Understand the safety and efficacy issues in prescribing U.S.-prepared Chinese herbal formulae;
  • Possess a working knowledge of the fundamental vocabulary and diagnostic principles of TCM, adequate for basic herbal prescribing and for the ABMA examinations;
  • Responsibly analyze and diagnose medical acupuncture patient problems in the context of traditional Chinese herbal medicine;
  • Safely prescribe herbal formulae for problems discussed in the lectures, and accurately evaluate patients' responses to the prescriptions;
  • Appreciate the strengths and limitations of the Chinese herbal discipline integrated into contemporary medical practice.

Videocourse Curriculum

This home study CME activity includes:

  • Twenty DVDs;
  • Comprehensive program syllabus;
  • Self-assessment examinations for each topic.

The video curriculum includes the following titles inthis order:

Video 1
Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicines
Videos 2,3,4
Classical Diagnostic Frameworks in Chinese Medicine
Video 5
Herbs and Five Phases
Video 6
Herbs and Body Constituents
Videos 7,8
Common Zang Fu Syndromes
Videos 9,10
Acute Wind Invasion
Video 11
Allergies and Asthma
Videos 12,13
Herbal Formulae for Pain (includes headaches)
Video 14
Digestive Disturbances
Videos 15,16,17
Videos 18,19,20
Shen States in Herbal Medicine (includes Hypertension and Sleep Disturbances)

Videocourse Fee

Entire course: $1,000


The Helms Medical Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Helms Medical Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated time to complete this continuing medical education activity is 2.5 hours per videotape, to a total of 20 videotapes, or 50 hours. The self-assessment examination must be completed and returned to obtain credit.

Comments from Course Participants

Mike constructs a bridge between western biomedicine and TCM and establishes a responsible grounding in Chinese herbal theory for the medical acupuncturist. Watching his lectures has allowed me to confidently prescribe herbal preparations for my patients.

Nancy Cotter, M.D., Physiatry, Morristown, New Jersey

Mike Arnold is a superb teacher. His presentation of TCM and herbs is a boon to western doctors trained in medical acupuncture.
Kathy Bishop, M.D., Anesthesiology, Tucson, Arizona

His presentation cleared away my hesitations about using Chinese herbals in my acupuncture practice. It is very good basic training that allowed me to enter the world of herbal medicine in a rational and disciplined fashion. I highly recommend this course. 5/5 stars!

John Adams, M.D., Integrative Medicine, Sedona, Arizona

Mike has condensed a bewilderingly large topic into an understandable and useful format. He has translated both the spirit and substance of herbal medicine so that I can now use it to help my patients.

Richard Zweig, M.D., Rheumatology, Santa Rosa, California

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