Herbal Studies

Herbal Studies

Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin - Austin, TX

  • Non-Degree

Designed by highly educated Chinese herbologists with many years of clinical experience, our herbal curriculum exceeds the California and national requirements. Classical texts provide the foundation of the material. As it is AOMAÕs philosophy that herbal education is enhanced by the use of herbs in their raw form, AOMA stocks hundreds of individual raw herbs in addition to many Chinese patents and prepared powder formulas. First year students are introduced to basic herbal knowledge and prepared (patent) herbal medicines. In the second year students study individual herbs and their functions in depth along with their physical properties during class and in the hands-on herbal lab. In the third year of study, once a thorough understanding of Chinese medical theory is established, students begin to prepare and prescribe herbal formulations made from raw herbs. Students learn to adjust and modify classical formulas to suit the condition of individual patients.

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Curriculum

HT0103 Chinese Herbology 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0102 Co-req: HL01
An in-depth study of the Chinese Materia Medica is composed of three courses with emphasis on properties, channels entered, actions, indications and contraindications, dosages, and major combinations of plant, animal, and mineral substances, as well as preparation and herbal safety.This first course of the series covers theories of siqi, wuwei, guijin, and paozhi, along with substances that release to the exterior, clear heat, downward drain, and drain dampness.

HT0200 Nutrition & Dietary Therapy
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0103
This course is an introduction to theoretical principles and practical application of traditional Chinese dietetics.Topics include the history of nutrition, the five elements, the flavors of foods, the directional movements of foods, the energetic profiles of foods, and treatment of TCM disease patterns with dietary therapy.

HT0201 Chinese Herbology 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0103 Co-req: HL02
Continuation of the in-depth study of Chinese Materia Medica substances, including those that expel wind-dampness, resolve phlegm, aromatics that transform dampness, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi, regulate blood, and warm the interior.

HT0202 Chinese Herbology 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0103 Co-req: HL03
Final course on the in-depth study of Chinese Materia Medica substances, including those that tonify, stabilize, and bind, calm spirit, subdue liver yang, extinguish liver wind, open orifices, expel parasites, and external applications.

HT0203 Chinese Herbal Formulations 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0201, HT0202
The first of a three-course series regarding the Chinese herbal formulas including compositions, functions, and indications of commonly used formulas. Knowledge of diagnostics and Chinese Materia Medica is important to the study of this course.The first course is an in-depth study of formulas that release the exterior, drain down, harmonize, and clear heat.

HT0300 Chinese Patent Herbal Medicine
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0201 or HT0202
This course concerns the study of Chinese patent herbal products and their relationship to traditional herbal formulas, with focus on functions of ingredients, indications, contraindications, dosage, and special considerations of commonly used patents.The course includes comparison of popular brands of patents, effectiveness in clinical treatment, storage and duration, format of delivery, safety, quality control, and herb/drug interactions.

HT0301 Chinese Herbal Formulations 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0203
Continuation of an in-depth study of Chinese herbal formulas, including those that treat summer heat, warm the interior, treat both the interior and exterior, tonify the deficiency, calm the shen, astringe, regulate qi, and regulate blood.

HT0302 Chinese Herbal Formulations 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0203
Final course on the in-depth study of Chinese herbal formulas, including those that regulate blood (continued), release wind, treat dryness, clear damp, treat phlegm, reduce food stagnation, treat parasites, and treat sores and carbuncles.

HT0311 Syndrome-based Herbs & Formulas
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0212, AT0213, HT0203
This course focuses on advanced herbal application of differentiation methods: eight treatment principles, zangfu organs, six stages and four levels, and their representative herbal formulas. Focus is on clinical herbal application of common syndromes.

HT0321 Chinese Herbal Safety
12/0/0/1 Prereq: HT0201 or HT0202
Safe application of Chinese Materia Medica substances and herbal patent medicines, including safe dosages, combinations of toxic and specialty herbs, safety issues of integrating Chinese and modern medicines, contraindications and herbal management for pregnant women and patients with various illnesses, and public safety.

HT0332 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0301 or HT0302, HT0311
First of a three-course series of the Chinese herbal treatment of disease. Covers the TCM theories of zangfu organs and the theory of qi, blood, and body fluids as applied to patients with a biomedical diagnosis.The course includes basic disorder patterns of individual zangfu systems and their corresponding treatment strategies, with herbal treatment of diseases of the lung system, heart and cerebral systems, and spleen and stomach systems.

HT0333 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0332
Second course on the Chinese herbal treatment of diseases, including diseases of the liver and gallbladder systems, kidney and bladder systems, qi, blood, and body fluid systems, and musculoskeletal and neurological systems.

HT0343 Chinese Herbal Classics 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0301, HT0302
Study of the Chinese herbal classics for advanced students composed of two courses. Fundamental theories and formulas recorded in these books will be analyzed and discussed, with indications and applications to difficult cases and review of clinical experiences. First course covers the Neijing (Yellow EmperorÕs Internal Classics) and the theory of syndrome differentiation according to the Six Channel Stages of the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Induced Diseases) by Zhang Zhongjing.Attention is given to differences between various related formulas and their modifications according to the patientÕs changing condition.

HT0431 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0332
Third course on the Chinese herbal treatment of disease, including herbal treatment under the guidance of the theory of zangfu organs and the theory of qi, blood, and body fluids of TCM for diseases of gynecology, pediatrics, and dermatology.

HT0441 Chinese Herbal Classics 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0343
Second course on Chinese herbal classics covers Jin Gui Yao Lue (Golden Chamber) by Zhang Zhongjing, syndrome differentiation according to the four levels theory recorded in Wen Yue Lun (Treatise on Warm Disease) byYeTianshi and syndrome differentiation according to the sanjiao theory recorded in Wen Bing Tiao Bian (Differentiation on Febrile Diseases) by Wu Jutong.

HL01 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 1
0/8/0/.3 Co-req: HT0103
This practical course series is taken concurrently with the Chinese Herbology series and focuses on recognition of a variety of raw herbs, familiarity of categories and their functions, and an understanding of the four flavors and five tastes of Chinese substances. The course includes an introduction to basic herbal safety and herb/drug interaction theories. First lab is a practical study of substances that release to the exterior, clear heat, downward drain, and drain dampness.

HL02 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 2
0/8/0/.3 Co-req: HT0201
Practical study of Chinese Materia Medica substances that expel wind-dampness, resolve phlegm, and aromatics that transform dampness, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi, regulate blood, and warm the interior.

HL03 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 3
0/8/0/.4 Co-req: HT0202
Practical study of Chinese Materia Medica substances that tonify, stabilize, and bind, calm spirit, subdue liver yang, extinguish liver wind, open orifices, expel parasites, and external applications.