The Xinglin Institute is committed to training competent clinical practitioners and teachers through a variety of educational and clinical training programs. These programs vary from introductory classes, to more indepth intermediate classes in classical medicine classical texts, advanced classes in theory and clinical skills, aimed at developing skilled clinician researchers. Institute classes are accredited for continuing education credit by the NCCAOM and various state governing boards (USA).
The Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic) is widely accepted to be the primary source text for the foundational principles of Chinese medicine and the clinical practice of acupuncture. Derived from various philosophical schools of China's later Warring States and Western Han Dynasty (475 BCE-9 CE), the Neijing represents a fundamental shift in philosophical thinking regarding the cause and treatment of illness. Moving away from shamanistic and empirical approaches, the Neijing is the first known Chinese text to present a comprehensive and systematic description of medical theory based on detailed observations of patterns of natural phenomena. In its most modern version, the Huangdi Neijing is composed of two primary texts, the Huangdi Neijing Suwen (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic - Basic Questions) and the Huangdi Neijing Lingshu (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic - Divine Pivot). The Suwen deals primarily with questions of essential medical theory, while the Lingshu focuses more on the clinical practice of acupuncture. These texts do not represent literary works in the modern sense of the word, but rather represent a collection of writings from different authors in which related theoretical and philosophical principles were compiled and recorded. Together they provide the historical foundation from which the field of Chinese medicine has been derived.
The Introduction to Neijing Studies class offers a comprehensive overview of the theories, language and clinical practices outlined within these texts. Given over 18 full-day sessions, classes are scheduled in different blocks of time depending on needs and location. This course is taught entirely from source translations provided by the instructor. Whilst helpful, no previous knowledge of Chinese language is needed. The class curriculum is built around targeted core concepts (e.g. theory, diagnosis, language, practice) out of which a successful understanding of Neijing classical medicine may be built. At the conclusion of the course, participants should be familiar with the basic principles and terminology found within this essential text. This course is appropriate for practicing clinicians, students, researchers and others with an interest in early Han and pre-Han medicine.