It is the Midwest College’s mission to provide an education that is rooted in the historical context and teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine and combine it with modern clinical applications to create a practitioner of Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine that embraces the spirit of ‘ancient medicine for modern times’.
The combination of Eastern and Western science, together with an appreciation of the natural healing philosophies of Asia, leads to the development of the qualities that are the ‘Heart of Chinese Medicine’. With this foundation, graduates will become true practitioners of Oriental healing. the subtle balance of clinical science and compassion is the key to a successful practice.
The Acupuncture Program is modeled on the modern eight-principle style, currently taught at TCM universities in China. Combined with the bio-medicine courses, it prepares graduates to practice ‘Classic Chinese Medicine’ using acupuncture, moxibustion, and other accessory modalities. The curriculum in the Oriental Medicine program includes a distinctive course of study in areas of food and herb therapy that are fundamental to Traditional Oriental Medicine. baccalaureate study in nutrition within the Oriental Medicine program leads to a simultaneously granted Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and a master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine.
To meet the needs of students, the Midwest College affirms its commitment to educate broadly informed, ethically responsible, and scientifically competent professionals by offering the highest accredited entry-level degree in the field. To meet the needs of a community that is increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition and herb therapy, the Oriental Medicine program combines TCM theory with principles of nutrition.
Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine has always consisted of two levels of differentiation: a disease differentiation (bian bing) and a syndrome differentiation (bian zheng). In modern times, there has been a shift away from the energetic model of syndrome differentiation to an emphasis on biomedical disease based treatment.
The ancient practice of Chinese Medicine has seven different methods of syndrome differentiation, plus an eighth for acupuncture only. In order to support our mission of combining historical and modern models of health and disease, the Midwest College includes all eight models of syndrome differentiation in our curriculum.
- Differentiation according to cause / seven emotion / six evils / diet (san yin bian zheng)
- Differentiation by eight principles (ba gang bian zheng)
- Differentiation according to the zang fu (zang fu bian zheng)
- Differentiation according to six channels (liu jing bian zheng)
- Differentiation by qi & blood / wen bing (wei qi ying xue bian zheng)
- Differentiation by qi, blood and fluids (qi xue jinye bian zheng)
- Differentiation by according to the san jiao (san jiao bian zheng)
- Differentiation by channels & collateral / acupuncture (jing luo bian zheng)
The Midwest College maintains the historical context of traditional medicine by not discarding the full range of energetics syndromes in favor of an unbalanced focus on the modern biomedical disease name. The old saying “same disease different treatment” shows why this multifaceted approach is so important.