Workshops, seminars and short courses

Fundamentals of
Traditional Chinese Medicine
100 hours

Approved for 50 CEUs, Category A


Toronto Campus: Shiatsu School of Canada & SSC Acupuncture Institute

                                  455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300


Dates: Mondays September 14 - December 14, 2015 from 9:30am - 6:00pm
            (no class October 12, 2015) 

Instructor: Richard Kwan, BSc, R.TCMP, R.Ac


This course is a real eye opener for anyone who wishes to understand how their body functions and how to improve their health in everyday life.  This course is perfect for both beginners and therapists wishing to expand his/her clinical knowledge.

Not only will you be introduced to a unique medical model of the human body from a Chinese medical perspective, this course will also change your outlook on human health and the prevention of diseases.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an art as well as a science with a unique approach to understanding and treating health conditions, as supported by 4000 years of medical wisdom.

And for those of you who are interested in understanding the wonders of ancient Chinese medical philosophy and how it all ties into your daily lives in a practical way, you will definitely find an abundance of "aha" in this course.

This course will introduce the historical and philosophical contexts, upon which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based. 

Topics of discussion include the following:

  • History of TCM
  • Concepts and Physiology of Qi (a  central theme in Chinese medical theory)
  • Blood and Body Fluids
  • Essence
  • Shen and Mingmen
  • Yin and Yang and the Five Elements
  • Functions of the Zhang-Fu Organs
  • Six Pathogens/Evils
  • Seven Emotions
  • Way of Life
  • General Organ Patterns
  • The Eight Principles

The etiology, pathology and physiology according to TCM will be outlined to create an understanding of how these eastern theories relate to our body and basic western terminologies such as: organs and causes of diseases.

The curriculum will also include discussions on various patterns of disharmony and their relation to diseases, eastern diagnosis and rationale of treatment in connection to the eastern diagnosis.

This Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine course is an excellent starting point for any one interested in learning a solid foundations of eastern philosophies and theories.

Students can take this course as a general interest course or part of a full or part time diploma program. Upon completion of this (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine course, students can further their knowledge by continuing their studies in any of the following courses or full diploma programs:

-Shiatsu Therapy Diploma Program
-Acupuncture Diploma Program
 -TCM Practitioner (Combined Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs) Diploma Program

Course Fees for Toronto

Monthly: 4 monthly payments of $198.75 (+ hst)

In Full: $795 + hst   


About the Instructor:


Richard Kwan BSc, R.TCMP, R.Ac


"It is rare to find an acupuncture mentor who not only achieves remarkable clinical results before your eyes, but who shares his immense knowledge with clarity, passion and kindness. I have had the privilege of studying under Richard Kwan both in the classroom, and in his actual clinical practice. He absorbs, integrates, and applies the wisdom of various acupuncture masters, blending the best of their approaches into his own unique style. The astounding effectiveness of his diagnosis, palpation, and needling must be seen to be believed. Richard is an incredible healer and teacher."  Pauline Hwang, GEN-R.Ac                                     

TCM Practitioner (Blend of TCM, Japanese, Tung and Tan style Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Nutritional therapy, Tuina massage, Taiji and Qigong)

Richard completed the 4-year Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). He lectured extensively at TSTCM and Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in the theory of TCM, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. He is also very passionate about his volunteer work with street youth and people with AIDS.  Richard has a strong commitment to Tai Chi and Qi Gong, which he has practiced for over 15 years. For the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, he teaches Tai Chi at the downtown YMCA and in the Beaches. Currently, he is the Director of TCM & Acupuncture at the Shiatsu School of Canada and SSC Acupuncture Institute. He also teaches Fundamentals of TCM, Acupuncture Techniques and is a clinic supervisor.

In 2008, he started Simple Cures - a Chinese Medicine centre and has been in private practice in The Beaches and Vaughan.  Richard believes that a simple lifestyle promotes better health; he strives to empower his patients to become more proactive with their own healthcare. 

Richard speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Registration: Please call 416-323-1818 ex. 22 or toll free 1-800-263-1703 ex.22 for further information or to register for this course.  Minimum enrolment is required to run this course.