Get to Know Some Real Characters
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis
The key to a deeper understanding of the foundational terms and concepts of Chinese medicine is to directly engage with them, in their original language. This allows access to primary sources without fear of having anything be lost in translation. In this live discussion we will investigate eight fundamental Chinese medical characters in depth and with a special focus on their etymologies. These investigations will yield a more complete understanding of the characters and therefore enhance our Chinese medical knowledge.
In the second half of the discussion, we will expand our engagement from the eight fundamental characters to include further essential terms and concepts of Chinese medicine.
We will accomplish this using the Chinese Medical Characters iOS app.
The goal for this discussion is to apply our newfound knowledge of Chinese medical characters to inform our clinical work more fully.
In this real time event we discuss
- The advantages of understanding and engaging with Chinese medicine in its original language
- The etymology of fundamental Chinese medical characters
- Strategies for learning Chinese medical characters
- Integrating a deeper understanding of Chinese medical terms and concepts into your clinical work
You’ll have lifetime access to the recording of this Qiological Live seminar
"Learning Chinese is very probably the most rewarding single investment that a student of East Asian medicine can make." - Nigel Wiseman and Zhang YuHuan
Your Instructor For This Class
Toby began studying Chinese medicine in 1997 with Sunim Doam, a Korean monk trained in the Saam tradition. He earned his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002 upon completion of training at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and Chengdu University in China.
During his four years of training in San Francisco, he interned with the prominent acupuncturist Dr. Angela Wu and learned to apply the lofty theories he was studying in school into the pragmatic setting of a busy clinic. In 2013, he developed the Chinese Nutritional Strategies app to provide digital access to the wealth of Chinese dietary wisdom.
In 2016, he completed a PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine under the guidance of 88th generation Daoist priest Jeffery Yuen. In 2021, he developed the Chinese Medical Characters app to enable direct access to foundational Chinese medical terms and concepts.
For the past three years he’s been teaching the Saam method as it was taught to him by his teacher.