DAOM Curriculum

The Four Modules of the DAOM Curriculum

All the courses in the ACCHS DAOM Program fall into four main categories:

(1) Classical Foundations Module

(2) Orthopedic Medicine and Pain Management Module

(3) Clinical Training Module

(4) Integration and Research Module 

These courses include:

Classical Chinese Medicine Module

Historical Schools of Chinese Medicine

This course presents the important historical schools of Chinese Medical thought in chronological order. Students will learn about the important figures, works and movements, with an emphasis on how the worldview at the heart of each school influences clinical reasoning and application. 

Clinical Strategies in the Shang Han Lun

This course covers the theories written in the verses of the Shanghan Lun, and the strategies elucidated by scholars over the ages regarding how to interpret and apply the Shanghan Lun in clinical practice. These theories include 6-Channel theory, Qi Transformation theory, Open, Close and Pivot theory, Five Phases and 6-Channels theory. 

Clinical Application of Acupuncture Classics

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the energetic fundamentals of the body and the meridians, and learn the key principles and methods to open and access these meridians. There are 60 key points, known as Yuan Qi Points, that access the appropriate energy of the appropriate channel.  This classically-derived system is imminently practical, yielding great clinical results literally within minutes when the technique is understood and mastered.

Key Formula Families of the Shanghan Lun

This course explores the concept of constitutions and the attendant vulnerabilities of those constitutions to certain types of disorders. Students develop an understanding of how and when to use these formulas in the clinic. For each family of formulas that will be covered, students will learn the presentation and constitutional aspects common to all members of the family, as well as individual formulas that are especially useful for treating particular aspects of that presentation.

Six-Channel Diagnosis in the Shanghan Lun

This course will explore the Six-Channels of the Shanghan Lun in terms of the Eight Principles, according to the system developed by the 20th century Shanghan Lun master, the late Dr. Hu Xi Shu. Students will learn the essential qualities of the Six Channels, guiding their diagnosis to a corresponding subset of formulas. Theory will be supplemented by case studies, so that students will develop an understanding of how this material translates into an effective clinical approach.

Jin Gui Yao Lue Formulas for the Treatment of Modern Diseases

The latter half of Zhang Zhongjing’s Shanghan Zabing Lun, the Jingui Yaolue, focuses on diseases of internal origin. In this course students will learn the disease categories, their respective medicinal formulas and strategies, and the modern diseases which may often indicate their use. Students will develop a clinically-focused understanding of diagnostics and treatment using the Jin Gui Yao Lue. 

Classical Pulse Diagnosis

Drawing upon passages from the Nan Jing, Nei Jing and Mai Jing, this class reveals pulse-taking methods that reinforce and = build upon the knowledge and skill-set garnered at the MSTCM level. Systems such as the Nan Jing’s Five-Depth system and the Mai Jing’s Six Channel Sinew Vessel system are introduced. Students are taught to use the pulse as a beacon for discerning appropriate point selections. Upon completion participants will be able to identify normal and anomalous pulse characteristics,  confirm other learner’s findings, and formulate effective treatments utilizing pulse-balancing therapeutics.


Integrated Orthopedics and Pain Management Module

Integrative Orthopedics I-IV
This series of courses focuses on anatomically-informed assessment and treatment techniques, efficient charting and responsible referral of musculoskeletal conditions. In treatment, these courses include several modalities, including anatomically relevant points, classical acupuncture points, electro-acupuncture, manual therapy, moxibustion, cupping, external liniments and specific exercises. Different areas of the body will be covered in the different courses.
Pain Management I-III
This course will focus on traditional Chinese Medical methods to assess and treat pain conditions. It will include use of point categories such as Xi-cleft and Shu-stream points, distal acupuncture styles such as Master Tung and Yijing-inspired balancing methods, auricular and abdominal acupuncture, and other modalities such as Tuina, Guasha, seven-star needle, etc. Different courses will cover different approaches and styles.

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