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: Katherine Chekhter BA, 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

In Full: $795


About the Instructor:

Katherine Chekhter BA, R.TCMP, R.Ac

Katherine holds a BA, specialized honours in Psychology from York University and is one of the top graduates in a five year, full time (4220 hours) Advanced traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In Addition to being a TCMP she teaches The Jing Luo (Meridians and Collaterals) Systems and The Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Shiatsu School of Canada Inc. & The SSC Acupuncture Institute in the acupuncture program as well as Materia Medica in the Chinese herbs program.


Katherine specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of patient disorders with both acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. These include respiratory, digestive, urinary, pain/neurological, gynaecological/obstetric, cardiovascular, blood, psychiatric/mental disturbances, skin, pediatrics and disorders of senses and cancer. In addition, she employ’s traditional and Dr. Tan’s methods for treating pain disorders with acupuncture.



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.