As well as the in-depth study of Classical Chinese medicine, acupuncture students also receive a thorough training in Western Medicine, which they complete by the end of the second year.
In Year 1 you will learn Anatomy and Physiology. Firstly, Anatomy concentrates on topographical anatomy dealing in depth with the musculoskeletal system, providing anatomical landmarks for point location, a practical familiarity with the structure of the human body and a knowledge base for Physiology and Pathology. In addition to the theoretical learning you will do practical work, locating key anatomical structures.
Further along in Year 1 Physiology will teach you an understanding of the structure and function of the major physiological systems from a Western scientific standpoint. The subject begins with the relationship of cellular function to health, continues into cardiovascular, functions of blood, immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems and concludes with an exploration of the reproductive systems. In each case the clinical importance of these systems to homeostasis and health is discussed.
In Year 2 the subject of Western Pathology builds on your previous knowledge of cell and tissue structure and function, to see the pathological process as physiological dysfunction and to relate this to disease. The subject explores causes of disease, the pathology of the main systems previously learned in Physiology, with an emphasis on specific common disorders, also the importance of signs, symptoms and differential diagnosis, “red flags” and the sociobiological aspects of health and disease.