Acupuncture for Treating the Hidden Roots of Disease

The Mind and the Psyche in Chinese Medicine

By Hamid Montakab

NCCAOM (14.25), Standard Certificate (14.5)
Access Period: Lifetime
Series Length: 14.5hrs

Series Overview

Today, psychological issues constitute a major part of our patient complaints.

In Classical Chinese medicine, the psyche and the emotions are considered the roots of all diseases.

The ancient traditions have emphasized the impact of mind-sets and emotions on the body. Furthermore, in classical acupuncture, many points have been described as having specific psychological effects. In spite of these facts, the psyche of the patient seems to have been greatly overlooked in many of the modern TCM practices.

This series aims to provide the necessary understanding and appropriate tools for dealing with the hidden dimensions of disease, and to help re-integrate psychology into the TCM practice, and to help go deeper in seeking the roots of our patient's complaints.

The proposed treatment strategies combine classical Chinese medical concepts and acupuncture with specific Qigong exercises as well as some modern cognitive therapy work.

Psyche and the Body in Chinese Medicine

Concept of physical and mental health. The conscious and subconscious mind and the five sectors of the psyche: Shen, Hun, Po, Yi & Zhi, their functions, pathologies and treatments. The concept of Gui≈ Ghost and it’s relation to psychological issues.
NCCAOM (4.75), Standard Certificate (4.75)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Length: 4.75hrs
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

The effects of the Mind over the Body have been clearly emphasized in Classical Chinese Medicine for at least 10 centuries. Mind-sets and mental attitudes influence the human responses to the outer world, manifesting as emotions and classified as the inner causes of disease. Understanding the structure of the conscious and subconscious parts of the psyche and unravelling the psychological mechanisms of “Belief systems” and helping to change these in a regular TCM setting is to treat the “Hidden Roots of Disease”.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the concept of physical and psychological health. The relation between the mind and the body.
  • Learn the structure of the Psyche in Chinese medicine and its parallels with Western psychology.
  • Learn the workings of the mind and the functions and disturbances of Shen, Hun, Yi, Po & Zhi and Acupuncture treatment strategies.
  • Understand the subconscious and the concept of Gui≈ghost in Chinese medicine.
  • Learn how to apply acupuncture protocols for the treatment of the psyche, with clinical examples.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Mind-body relations; Life, psychology, health; 3 causes of disease & the 3 treasures. Pain the bodie's language. Mind and psyche. Inherited energies. Five sections of the psyche: conscious & the subconscious. The five “Spirits” and the five “Wills”.
1.5 hrs - 3 hrs
Shen: significance and functions. Mental activity; Heart and Mind; sensory perception; Awareness. Shen disturbances; acupuncture treatment. “Shen” points and their indications. Hun: significance, functions and disturbances; acupuncture treatment.
3 hrs - 4.5 hrs
Po: significance, functions and disturbances; acupuncture treatment. Yi: significance, function and disturbances; acupuncture treatment. Zhi: significance, functions and disturbances; acupuncture treatment.
4.5 hrs - 4.75 hrs
Gui ≈ Ghost: significance and consequences.

Emotions and Instincts in Chinese Medicine

Emotions, evolving from primary instincts, are the human responses to the outside and depend primarily on individual mind-sets. They are the internal causes of disease. Their energetic impact and their treatment is essential in clinical practice.
Total CPDs: 5
Standard Certificate (5), NCCAOM (5)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Length: 5hrs
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

The role of emotions, as internal causes of disease, have been well known in the Chinese medical practice. Emotions having evolved from primary instincts, are human responses to the outer world, and depend primarily on individual mind-sets. The outer world is perceived through the lens of the Shen ≈ Psyche and processed by the Luo ≈ Connecting vessels. Understanding the energetic impact of the emotions is essential in the treatment management. The treatment of psycho-emotional patterns is part of treating the “Hidden Roots of Disease”.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the function of emotions and basic instincts, realation to the Zang-fu; the Will to live. Emotions and Belief mechanisms. Processing the outer world and the Luo. Mood, emotion, temperament. Concept of the 5 Emotions and 7 Passions.
  • Understanding the energetic effects, disharmony patterns, diagnosis & treatment strategies for Joy, Worry, Anxiety; Sadness; Oppression; Fear; Shock; Romantic love, Desire, Passion, Jealousy; Hatred; Guilt & Shame. Personality disorders and the Luo.
  • Treatment strategies for emotional release. Harmonizing the Zang-Fu. Releasing the Back Zhi points and the Luo vessels. Harmonizing the Temperaments and the Shen; Dealing with moods, emotions & temperaments. Eight Extraordinary vessels and emotions.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Emotions and basic instincts as responses to the outer world. Zang-fu and emotions. Individual mind-sets and emotions. Processing the outer world and the Luo. Emotional expression: mood, emotion & temperament. Concept of 5 Emotions and 7 Passions.
1.5 hrs - 3.5 hrs
Energetic effects, disharmony patterns, diagnosis & treatment strategies for Joy, Worry, Anxiety; Sadness; Oppression; Fear; Shock; Romantic love, Desire, Passion, Jealousy; Hatred; Guilt & Shame. Personality disorders and the Luo vessels.
3.5 hrs - 5 hrs
Treatment strategies for emotional release. Diagnosis: Zang-Fu, Back Zhi & the Luo vessels. Harmonizing the Temperaments and the Shen; Dealing with moods, emotions & temperaments. Eight Extraordinary vessels & emotions. Classical point combinations.

Constitutions as foundations of Belief mechanisms

Constitutions influences the physiology, morphology, temperaments, the belief systems and psycho-emotional expressions of a person. This webinar provides the necessary tools for establishing the basic constitutions & strategies for harmonizing them.
Standard Certificate (4.75), NCCAOM (4.5)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Length: 4.75hrs
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

The human basic “Constitution” is transmitted by the parental essences (Jing). In the pre-natal stage, the constitution will influence the preferential development of specific organ systems, thus defining the physiology and the morphology of the person. Additionally, the constitution (Jing & Zong Qi) will predispose the development of a specific "Temperament". Together with post-natal conditioning and personal life experiences the constitution and the temperament are responsible for the formation of individual belief systems and the psycho-emotional expressions of a person. The basic belief mechanisms and habitual mind-sets will further define how the outer world is perceived and will influence the physiology as well as the pathology of a person.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding the components of the Belief systems. Inherited energies: Jing, Zong & Ming. Influence of the 5 constitutions on anatomy, morphology, Zang-fu, primary & sinew channels. Constitutional combinations. Psychological impact of the 8 Extra.
  • Learn to identify the constitution by analyzing: body shape; face; hands; appearance, psychological patterns & beliefs. Disharmony patterns of the Fire, Water and Wood constitutions. How to apply specific acupuncture strategies for harmonizing them.
  • Learn to identify the constitution by analyzing: body shape; face; hands; appearance, psychological patterns & beliefs. Disharmony patterns of the Earth and Metal constitutions. How to apply specific acupuncture strategies for harmonizing them.
  • Clinical application and case studies

Course Outline

0 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Understanding the components of the Belief systems. Inherited energies: Jing, Zong & Ming. Influence of the 5 constitutions on anatomy, morphology, Zang-fu, primary & sinew channels. Constitutional combinations. Psychological impact of the 8 Extra.
1.5 hrs - 3 hrs
Learn to identify the constitution by analyzing: body shape; face; hands; appearance, psychological patterns & beliefs. Disharmony patterns of the Fire, Water and Wood constitutions. How to apply specific acupuncture strategies for harmonizing them.
3 hrs - 4.5 hrs
Learn to identify the constitution by analyzing: body shape; face; hands; appearance, psychological patterns & beliefs. Disharmony patterns of the Earth and Metal constitutions. How to apply specific acupuncture strategies for harmonizing them.
4.5 hrs - 4.75 hrs
Clinical applications

Temperaments and Beliefs in Chinese Medicine (The six archetypes and the psyche)

The habitual psycho-emotional expressions or Temperaments of a person, define their basic responses to outer events and have a major influence on “Belief” mechanisms and further influence the physiology as well as the pathology of a person.
Total CPDs: 10
NCCAOM (10), Standard Certificate (10)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Length: 10hrs
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

The "Temperament" or the habitual psycho-emotional expression of a person, depends partly on the transmitted family inheritance and partly on post-natal conditioning. The six basic “Temperaments” are represented by the “Six energy axis” or the channel systems which constitute a bridge between the inner world “Microcosm” and the outer changes the “Macrocosm”, and define the basic responses and adaptations to outer events. Constitutions and Temperaments have a major influence on “Belief” mechanisms and further influence the physiology as well as the pathology of a person. This understanding provides a key for freeing oneself from the habitual mind-sets and behaviours. Choosing acupuncture strategies and points adapted to the temperament, constitutes the art of treating a person rather than a disease.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding the components of the Belief systems; role of constitutional energies: Jing & Zong Qi, and the Extraordinary vessels. Concept of life transitions (7 Gates) and psychological impacts. Significance of 5 elements, 5 movements & 6 energies.
  • Description of the 6 "Temperaments" & their pathologies. Taiyang and Shaoyin: psycho-emotional profiles, beliefs, pathology; specific “Behaviors”; clinical examples. Blocked temperaments: pathology & psychology. Acupuncture protocols & exercises.
  • Shaoyang and Jueyin: psycho-emotional profiles & belief patterns. Psychological & pathological manifestations; specific “Behaviors”; clinical examples. Blocked temperaments: pathology & psychology. Acupuncture protocols & exercises to change beliefs
  • Yangming and Taiyin: psycho-emotional profiles & belief patterns. Psychological & pathological manifestations; specific “Behaviors”; clinical examples. Blocked temperaments: pathology & psychology. Acupuncture protocols & exercises to change beliefs
  • Specific acupuncture therapeutic protocols: appropriate point selection based on the 6 Temperaments. Treatment protocols and exercises for changing the habitual beliefs. Clinical examples; personality disorders and specific treatments.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 2 hrs
Components of the Belief systems; constitutional energies: Jing & Zong Qi. Role of the Extraordinary vessels; life transitions (7 Gates) and psychological impacts. Significance of 5 elements, 5 movements and 6 energies.
2 hrs - 4 hrs
Description of Taiyang and Shaoyin "Temperaments" and their pathologies. Acupuncture protocols and specific exercises to help change beliefs. Personality disorders and specific treatments.
4 hrs - 6 hrs
Description of Shaoyang and Jueyin "Temperaments" and their pathologies. Acupuncture protocols and specific exercises to help change beliefs. Personality disorders and specific treatments.
6 hrs - 8 hrs
Description of Yangming and Taiyin "Temperaments" and their pathologies. Acupuncture protocols and specific exercises to help change beliefs. Personality disorders and specific treatments.
8 hrs - 10 hrs
Specific acupuncture therapeutic protocols: appropriate point selection based on the 6 Temperaments. Treatment protocols and exercises for changing the habitual beliefs. Clinical examples; personality disorders and specific treatments.

Impact and management of retained traumatic memories

Traumatic events constitute an important component of the Belief mechanisms, having a major impact on the psychology of the individual. Often retained in the subconscious (Hun & Po), their release is crucial in treating the Hidden Roots of Disease.
Total CPDs: 5
Standard Certificate (5), NCCAOM (5)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Length: 5hrs
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

An important component of the Belief mechanisms is represented by personal life experiences, in particular the traumatic events, often retained by the subconscious part of the psyche, the Hun or the Po. These hidden programs have a major impact on the psycho-emotional expressions of the individual. This lecture explores the memories retained in the form of words, impressions and emotions, and offers strategies for releasing them as a crucial stage in the treatment of the “Hidden Roots of Disease”.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role of belief mechanisms in expereiences and sensory perceptions. Memory systems. Foundation of belief systems. Extraordinary vessels, life transitions (7 Gates) and psychological impacts
  • Learn about the concept of Gui≈ ghost in Chinese medicine. The pathological and psychological consequences and treatment protocols for Gui.
  • Treatment strategies for changing Beliefs. Releasing suppressed traumatic memories. Self-test for Evaluating the Extraordinary Vessels. Psychology and Acupuncture Therapy (PAT). Clinical examples.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Personal perspectives and the sensory perceptions. Memory & components of the Belief mechanisms. Role of the Extraordinary vessels. Chong Mai; Ren Mai & Du Mai: functions, psychological issues, treatment strategies.
1.5 hrs - 3 hrs
Dai Mai; Yin Wei Mai & Yang Wei Mai, Yin Qiao Mai & Yang Qiao Mai: functions, psychological issues, treatment strategies.
3 hrs - 5 hrs
Notion of Gui ≈ Ghost, the psychosomatic consequences & treatment protocols. Treatment strategies for changing Beliefs. Releasing suppressed traumatic memories. Psychology and Acupuncture Therapy (PAT); video clip presentation. Case studies

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Taught by Hamid Montakab

Hamid Montakab graduated from the Medical School of Paris, completed an education in acupuncture in France and in China. He practiced in the US and later founded the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts in Switzerland and was co-founder and president of the Swiss Professional Organization for TCM.
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