10102 - Series: Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture: Integrating Modern Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine


This 7-part series of CME courses covers fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)/acupuncture. It compares TCM and modern medicine and describes how the two modalities can be complementary.

Drawing from his extensive experience in both TCM and modern medicine, course director Tsun-Nin Lee, M.D. provides his unique perspective on integrative medicine, explaining how these East-West disciplines can be integrated into a powerful system for treating disease. With an emphasis on acupuncture, the series describes the theoretical and practical bases of TCM and how TCM can be applied to the treatment of a broad range of conditions. The series includes discussions of treatment methods used in modern medicine compared with TCM methods, as well as how the TCM principles can be applied in the modern clinical setting leading to substantially improved patient outcomes.

The courses in the series are offered for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians and other healthcare professionals can benefit from the information presented in the courses.

For further study, Dr. Lee chairs training programs through the Academy of Pain Research that provide in-depth instruction in acupuncture and herbal medicine, comprising a combination of hands-on sessions and home-study. For more information, see http://www.acupuncturecourse.org.

Click here to view the first course in the series (free).

Courses in the Series

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Participants in this series will gain an understanding of:

1. The fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture.

2. How TCM and modern medicine approaches to treating disease compare.

3. How TCM and acupuncture can be applied in the modern clinical setting to improve patient outcomes.


Topics include:

1. The concept of yin and yang.

2. Hot, cold, congestive and deficient syndromes.

3. Roles played by the central nervous system in pathogenesis.

4. Relationship between the central nervous system and acupuncture.

5. The concept of kidney deficiency.

6. Kidney deficiency and its clinical applications.

7. Applying Traditional Chinese Medicine principles in the modern clinical setting.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Competencies

☑  Patient Care (PC)
☑  Medical Knowledge (MK)
☑  Practice-Based Learning (PBL)

Supported Computer Hardware and Software Configurations1

Supported client computing platforms include:

A broadband Internet connection is required (e.g., cable, DSL, and 3G or 4G wireless). The course presentation is automatically scaled to the size of the display, from 800x480 pixels (minimum supported) to 1920x1200 pixels. On some smart phones, viewing courses may be tedious.

Supported browsers include:

Javascript, cookies, and popups must be enabled on your browser (which is the default configuration for most browsers).

1. The course may also be viewable on other client computing platforms that comply with Internet standards. If you experience technical problems that prevent you from viewing the course, we will promptly issue a full refund upon request.