Unit 2: Chinese Medicine

This home study course in Chinese Medicine can be taken as a stand alone Unit or as part of the complete one year Naturopathy Course. It is ideal as part of the training for anyone that wishes to study to become a Naturopath. The Chinese Law of the Five Elements provides a wonderful view of observing the universe and making sense of our surroundings. An understanding of how these five elements affect us on every level can only enhance naturopathic and nutritional practice.


This module will give you a unique approach to understanding human nature that will help in clinical practice. You will learn how to relate the five elements to health, disease, diet and lifestyle which will enhance your understanding of the universal rhythms and also help you make sense of your client’s psychology and physical ailments.

Chinese Medicine Course

Units: 1
Study Hours: 40 - 60
Time: Estimated 2 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 4 months (with option to extend)
Books: Purchased separately
Certification: Certificate in Chinese Medicine
Study Options: E-learning (online) or Correspondence (paper)

Aims of the Course

  • To provide an understanding of five element theory and how this can be used in naturopathic and nutritional practice.
  • To provide a unique approach to viewing human nature and disease.
  • To provide a basic understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and its development and relationship to five element Chinese theory.
  • To build on knowledge so that practitioners can use Eastern nutritional approaches in their clinical practice. 

In this unit we will be studying the basic principles of Chinese Medicine and exploring its similarities to Ayurveda. Ayurveda truly is the ‘mother of all medicine’.

We will begin our studies by looking at Chinese medicine and looking in detail at how Chinese medicine views the five elements. We will also be looking at the similarities between Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine and how Acupuncture may have originated from Ayurveda. The most important thing when practicing as a therapist is to understand the person who has consulted you. A study of Eastern medicine can give you this insight.

Chinese medicine is much better known than Ayurvedic medicine. The Chinese have done an excellent job of introducing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (from now on referred to as TCM) to the west. There is a division within Chinese medicine between Five Element Acupuncture (sometimes referred to as the five phases) and TCM which includes the concepts of Qi, yin and yang, deficiency and excess and other concepts that we will study in this module. Most acupuncturists that are trained in the UK learn both Five Element Acupuncture and elements of TCM but it would depend upon the college. There are a few practitioners who only practice Five Element Acupuncture. In this unit we will study the two sides to Chinese Medicine and link this into our understanding of Ayurveda, thus building on our understanding of Eastern medicine as a whole.

The Chinese Law of the Five Elements provides a wonderful view of observing the universe and making sense of our surroundings. An understanding of how these five elements affect us on every level can only enhance naturopathic and nutritional practice. This module will give you a unique approach to understanding human nature that will help in clinical practice. You will learn how to relate the five elements to health, disease, diet and lifestyle which will enhance your understanding of the universal rhythms and also help you make sense of your client’s psychology and physical ailments. The module enhances your understanding of Eastern energetic nutrition and how to apply Eastern medical wisdom in practice.

A programme that combines the four main Eastern medicines with Naturopathy disciplines.