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Oriental Medicine Frameworks: Philosophy, the Body & Disease

Course duration: 18 weeks per semester

Cost: $700

Oriental Medicine frameworks encompasses a range of traditional East Asian medicinal systems (including Chinese Medicine) and is based on the underlying philosophy of Yin/Yang. This way of looking at the world is holistic and dualistic.

Arising from a close observation of the rhythms of nature and the response of the body to changes in the climatic environment, it draws on the theories of Yin/Yang and the Five Elements. These understandings of the fundamental movements that exist in our world allow us to understand the ways in which our body functions and responds to the world in which we live.

In Oriental Medicine, the organs of the body are seen as having a functional influence that extends beyond the physical, into the thoughts and emotions that create our experience of the world. These organs act as a team, supporting each other’s functions and thus also relying on health throughout the whole body to function optimally.

This allows a view of the body that accounts for all parts of the whole, identifying how an imbalance in one area can cause dis-ease in another. It engages an understanding of how the human body responds to the world in which it lives, thriving and struggling in the face of external influences.

Through exploring this way of understanding the body you will gain a deeper insight into your health and the universe around you. This provides a foundation to learn how to live with the rhythms of nature and find a healthy balance within your life.

In Oriental Medicine Frameworks 1 you will explore:

  • History and Philosophy of Oriental Medicine
  • Yin Yang Theory
  • Five Element Theory
  • Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
  • 12 Organ theory
  • How the body works (physiology) from an Oriental Medicine perspective

In Oriental Medicine Frameworks 2 (offered as a Semester-long course following completion of Frameworks 1) you deepen your understanding as you explore:

  • Causes of disease
  • How the body responds when disease (pathology) is present from an Oriental Medicine perspective

Other short courses on offer include Zen Shiatsu and Physiology.


Classes are delivered via our online learning platform during the study period of Semester Two, beginning 12th February 2024.

5 live tutorials are scheduled throughout the semester (6 for OMF 2) to support the integration and application of knowledge gained through the online classes.

Oriental Medicine Frameworks Course Fees

Cost $700 per semester (runs for 2 semesters)

A package discount is available for dual enrolment in Zen Shiatsu / Tuina and Oriental Medicine Frameworks $1700 for both.

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