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Module 3 Be your own Doctor: Health Assessment

“By observing myself – others and their diseases are revealed to me. By observing symptoms, one gathers knowledge about internal disturbances.” – Nei Ching, Ancient Chinese Text of Internal Medicine.

In this Module taught by Roger Green you will learn time-tested counseling and interviewing skills to use with your clients. Roger will demonstrate intriguing diagnostic tools, which will help you pinpoint the best actions to facilitate healing.

Using the holistic approach we will first look at what is dis-ease and what causes it. Our health is influenced by various environmental, emotional, spiritual, physical and social factors, and it is important to understand the cause and effect of our daily choices. We will talk about the ‘5 Thieves’ concept used in Chinese Medicine and how certain actions in excess can rob specific organs of their energy, or even steal our Primal Life Force – Jing.

Diagnosing the Subtle and Significant

Oriental diagnosis is profound because it relies on the skills of the observer.  Classically, there are four types of diagnoses: seeing, listening, touching and smelling.  We will explore each of these beyond the basics, with special attention on integrating details to create a clear, whole picture of the person.  Assessing the emotional and psychological qualities will be emphasized.

You will gain greater perspectives and appreciation of yourself and others.
In this class you will:

Detailed discussion, self-guided tests, field practice, and course materials will enable you to master and practice these effective techniques.
You will get an extensive Workbook written by Roger Green.

“Oriental health assessment and diagnosis- find the patterns, and exercise your powers of observations”

The workbook has chapters on:
The way of diagnosis, the art of visual diagnosis (called Bo-Shin), Sound of the voice (called Bun-Shin), Questions and answers (called Mung-Shin), Touch. (called Setsu Shin) Learn which of the 4 Body Constitutional Types you are, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Diet Therapy, Food groups and achieving the right balance, Raw or cooked? Quality of ingredients, Vegetarian or meat diet? Thermal nature and flavors of foods, Foods that Warm the Body, Foods that Cool the Body, Timing of eating, Over eating, Under eating, dieting, Fasting, Modifying a diet, qi deficiency, yang deficiency, blood deficiency, yin deficiency, liver qi stagnation, dampness and phlegm, heat, fire, damp heat, blood stagnation, Anticancer diet and healing, dryness, Vitamins and Minerals in a TCM and Western Context, Pangamic acid, Vitamin B group, Vitamin A, D, E, K, Biotin, Beta-carotene, all the minerals, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, PABA.

An Introduction to Oriental Diagnosis and Health Assessment

Laying the Groundwork: Primary Principles of Oriental Diagnosis, The Bodily Landscape: The Five Fundamental Substances, Fundamental Substance #1:  Qi, Origins of Qi, The 5 Major Functions of Qi, Five Primary Types of Qi, Disharmonies of Qi, Yin/Yang Classification of Qi, Fundamental Substance #2:  Blood (Xue), Functions of Blood  

Origins of Blood, The Relationships of Blood, Disharmonies of Blood, Yin/Yang Classification of Blood, Fundamental Substance #3:  Jing (Essence), Origins of Jing, Functions of Jing, Disharmonies of Jing, Jing’s Yin/Yang Relationship with Qi and Blood, Fundamental Substance #4: Shen (Spirit), Functions of Shen, Origins of Shen, Disharmonies of Shen, Yin/Yang Classification of Shen, Fundamental Substance #5:  Body Fluids, Origins of Body Fluids  Function of Body Fluids, Disharmonies of Body Fluids        Yin/Yang Classification of Body Fluids, The Bodily Landscape: Organs, Yin Organs (Wu-Zang): Heart (Xin), Lungs, Spleen, Liver, Kidneys, Pericardium (Xin-Bao), Yang Organs (Liu-Fu): Gallbladder, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine (or Colon), Bladder, Triple Burner / Triple Heater, Relationship of Yin and Yang Organs, The Bodily Landscape: Meridians, Disease Factors, Origins of Disharmony: The Six Pernicious Influences, Wind, Cold, Heat and Fire, Dampness, Dryness and Summer Heat, The Seven Emotions: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Grief, Pensiveness, Fear, Fright, Oriental Diagnosis Categories, Signs and Symptoms: The Four Examination #1:  Looking, Shen or Spirit, General Appearance, “Outlets”, Bodily Secretions and Excretions, Examination #2:  Asking—The Eight Traditional Questions: Question 1:  Regarding Cold and Hot, Question 2:  Regarding Pain, Question 3:  Regarding Perspiration, Question 4:  Regarding Headaches and Dizziness, Question 5:  Regarding Urine, Stool, and Flatulence, Question 6:  Regarding Thirst, Appetite and Tastes, Question 7:  Regarding Sleep, Question 8:  Regarding Gynecological Concerns and Medical History, Examination #3:  Listening and Smelling, Voice and Respiration, Communication Related to the Five Elements and their Corresponding Organs Body Odors, Examination # 4:  Touching, Types of Pulses


“Roger, thank you for last weekend. You clarified areas I've previously struggled with and inspired me to want to learn more. I'm looking forward to studying and experimenting at home with the guides provided. Again thank you!” Helen Butler, London Graduate

health is a state of balanceHealth is a state of balance.
Illness and disease are states of being out of balance.

“It is interesting to note that in western medicine there is no broad or all-encompassing theory with which to understand illness and disease. There are some fairly good, and often very useful theoretical models, such as the bacterial and viral understanding of pathogenic diseases, or specific nutritional deficiencies but there is no understanding that links together different diseases. Eastern modalities, such as Chinese and Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine, in contrast to Western medicine, all have broad theories of health and disease. The concept of balance is central to the notion of health and disease. Illness or disease of any kind always arises when the body has fallen out of balance with itself. For example, a person develops too much Heat, or too much Wind, or if there is not enough Chi (life energy). Health on the other hand, can be defined as a state of balance or harmony in the body and mind. In contrast to this view, health in the western medicine is only defined as an absence of disease.

Implicit within the notion that health implies a state of balance, is the idea that there are treatments or methods that can bring the body back to a more healthy state of balance. Traditional Chinese medicine provides the understanding of the specific ways that we get out of balance. The language and concepts of Chinese medicine describe the ways we get out of balance.” -Roger Green