Apart from a few animal and mineral products, Chinese pharmacological therapy mainly uses plant-based raw materials, which after intensive quality assurance by the pharmacy (!) are usually administered in the form of complex formulations, known as decoction (raw drug decoction). If used correctly, Chinese pharmacological therapy is a subject as differentiated and stringently logical as the pharmacology of the West and likewise requires an exact diagnosis.
It is therefore very important to learn them in several steps and always within the framework of the overall neurophysiological concept of TCM in order to be able to use them with the greatest possible success with minimal side effects. The content of our Society’s courses fully complies with the ISCMA requirements for the third study year. They recommend not simply to copy the classic prescriptions, but to understand each prescription as a concept that requires individual adaptation to the patient. So initially we work with relatively few classic prescriptions, but well founded and against a pathophysiological background.
It is important to us that a clear foolproof decision diagram leads from the clinical picture to effective therapy.
We therefore design the training step-by-step and based on one another:
Step 1: Understand the basics of TCM and the main groups of drugs
You will first learn the classic 19 main groups of drugs in five sections and comprehend the principle by which properties of sapores, orb relation, temperature behaviour and direction of action have led to the allocation to the respective main group. The basics of TCM and functional diagnosis are also repeated and deepened.
Step 2: Catchphrases and basic decoctions
- To facilitate the learning of the effects of the individual drugs, we have limited the number of medicines to be learned to the most important about 100 drugs.
- Each remedy has been provided with a catchphrase that best specifies the effect in the Chinese sense and makes it possible to learn it by this catchphrase in a first approximation.
- Five basic decoctions are worked out from the classic prescriptions. They are presented in a comprehensible manner both in terms of the individual and the overall effect and (even without their manifold derivates) already work excellently in practice with classic symptom constellations.
Step 3: Modular extensions to the basic decoctions
Gradually you will learn the extension modules by means of “decoction schemes” for the clinical practice. You are then already able to use prescriptions independently on the basis of a precise diagnosis (!). In the further weeks of pharmaceutical training, your knowledge of the entire Chinese “pharmaceutical treasure” then becomes more and more detailed.