TCM as Science

“Learning TCM is like buttoning a vest:
if you start wrong on the first button,
then you need at least three times as long.”

H. J. Greten

TCM as science – that’s what we stand for!

Logical basics

We therefore try to offer you the right and efficient entry right from the beginning. We will show you how the central terms of Chinese Medicine can also be understood by Westerners. The prerequisite for a real understanding is knowledge of the logical basis of the subject, the so-called “sinus curve of the phases”. The central terms yin, yang and the phases (formerly “elements”) do not stand for metaphysical, philosophical or even largely arbitrary terms. They are termini technici of the teaching of regulation and describe “dysregulation patterns” of the “system of man”. We can substantiate this theory today not only with our own research results but also with the traditional signs of the Chinese Medicine. Professor Porkert – the most important western expert in the field of sinology and Chinese Medicine of the 20th century – also underlines that this theory is completely compatible with the classic Chinese scriptures. Our long experience in teaching shows that in our continuing education the combination of professional stringency and our own TCM experience provides a very special personal benefit.

The principles of DGTCM education are:

Logics und differentiated approach

In our education concept, Chinese Medicine is explained in a stringently logical way as a scientific system. We attach particular importance to the logics of Chinese diagnosis, which we teach according to the currently best and most precise representation, the Heidelberg Model of TCM (sinus curve of the phases), see Kursbuch der TCM (textbook of TCM), Thieme ed., new edition). In this way, the education cycles for the various subjects of TCM are based on a uniform concept. With us you learn a stringent and differentiated approach to the definitely humanistic concept of man in high-end classic Chinese Medicine.

Clear terms and clear diagnostics

The key to understanding Chinese Medicine is the technical terms used. This is where our scientific background comes in, which we have as a scientific society founded against the background of Heidelberg University. We have based our representation of TCM on the correct nomenclature of the INDCM, the official normative dictionary of Chinese Medicine from Beijing (Editor in Chief: Prof. Porkert). Don’t worry: you need to learn no more than about twenty new words to understand the correct correlations. This is quick and leaves no doubt what exactly we are talking about.

There are three important things in Chinese medicine: diagnosis, diagnosis and diagnosis, because from this you derive your treatment concept directly and comprehensibly. You get to know the famous four W’s (in German language they stand for when something really works) and can use them to design stringent treatment concepts that are almost free of side-effects.

Understand and deepen the subject

At the beginning of the programme, acupuncture is the absolute focus procedure. Great masters of acupuncture often knew barely sixty points and despite of this achieved excellent treatment results. It is the understanding of these points and their function within the regulatory physiology of Chinese Medicine why this therapy is successful. “Understanding rather than drilling!” is our motto – supported by practical memo tricks, memory hooks and lively presentation. Acupuncture is based on a physiology of reflexes that is easily accessible, presented in an exciting way and can be implemented immediately.

We also rely on this concept for Chinese drug therapy. Pulse and tongue diagnosis are based on physiologically plausible models from anatomy and natural sciences. Symptoms can be understood in this way and are not just to be taken from large collections of tables in thick books.

Small study groups

We are convinced that TCM can only be taught successfully in small groups, so that there is enough space and time for you to understand and for your individual questions. The dialogue between didactically first-class teachers and interested colleagues is our top priority. In our herb garden in Provence you also have the opportunity to get to know all important medicinal plants “personally”.

What is special about our society is that all courses can be credited in an international credit point programme towards the diploma in Chinese Medicine. So you can complement your education by other important parts of Chinese Medicine. Switch seamlessly from acupuncture to classic Chinese pharmacology, manual therapy (Tuina), PTTCM (psychotherapy according to TCM) and the other subjects of Chinese Medicine. Your hours will be fully credited – also internationally in the member associations.