Acupuncture for Treating the Hidden Roots of Disease - Course 1

Psyche and the Body in Chinese Medicine

Concept of physical and mental health. The conscious and subconscious mind and the five sectors of the psyche: Shen, Hun, Po, Yi & Zhi, their functions, pathologies and treatments. The concept of Gui≈ Ghost and it’s relation to psychological issues.

Hamid Montakab
Hamid Montakab

Course Overview

The effects of the Mind over the Body have been clearly emphasized in Classical Chinese Medicine for at least 10 centuries. Mind-sets and mental attitudes influence the human responses to the outer world, manifesting as emotions and classified as the inner causes of disease. Understanding the structure of the conscious and subconscious parts of the psyche and unravelling the psychological mechanisms of “Belief systems” and helping to change these in a regular TCM setting is to treat the “Hidden Roots of Disease”.


  • Understand the concept of physical and psychological health. The relation between the mind and the body.

  • Learn the structure of the Psyche in Chinese medicine and its parallels with Western psychology.

  • Learn the workings of the mind and the functions and disturbances of Shen, Hun, Yi, Po & Zhi and Acupuncture treatment strategies.

  • Understand the subconscious and the concept of Gui≈ghost in Chinese medicine.

  • Learn how to apply acupuncture protocols for the treatment of the psyche, with clinical examples.


  • 0 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Mind-body relations; Life, psychology, health; 3 causes of disease & the 3 treasures. Pain the bodie's language. Mind and psyche. Inherited energies. Five sections of the psyche: conscious & the subconscious. The five “Spirits” and the five “Wills”.

  • 1.5 hrs - 3 hrs

    Shen: significance and functions. Mental activity; Heart and Mind; sensory perception; Awareness. Shen disturbances; acupuncture treatment. “Shen” points and their indications. Hun: significance, functions and disturbances; acupuncture treatment.

  • 3 hrs - 4.5 hrs

    Po: significance, functions and disturbances; acupuncture treatment. Yi: significance, function and disturbances; acupuncture treatment. Zhi: significance, functions and disturbances; acupuncture treatment.

  • 4.5 hrs - 4.75 hrs

    Gui ≈ Ghost: significance and consequences.


  • Yong W. (United States of America)

    strongly recommended!

  • Geha G. (Canada)

    Loved this course! For anyone wanting a deeper understanding of treating the psyche this is a must. Well presented and fascinating!

  • Clara P. (Canada)

    This is a must-take-course. It is profound, universal and so relative to so many conditions we see in this time of the world.

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strongly recommended!

Yong W. (United States of America)

Loved this course! For anyone wanting a deeper understanding of treating the psyche this is a must. Well presented and fascinating!

Geha G. (Canada)

This is a must-take-course. It is profound, universal and so relative to so many conditions we see in this time of the world.

Clara P. (Canada)

I am a Dr. of Acupuncture, I also practice and incorporate energy and sound healing to help with emotions and the psyche. Unfortunately during my time at school, we did not go into much depth on this topic and I have been eager to learn more. I am very excited to incorporate this information in my clinical practice, and will be completing all the modules. Thankyou, Dr.Sarah L. AB,Canada

Sarah L. (Canada)

As I am familiar with the knowing that diseases and illness are inseparable from our thoughts and feelings, I highly recommend this course for my fellow Acupuncturist's. Mr. Hamid Montakab shares a wealth of knowledge and insightful understanding, directing our understanding of the enormous benefit of Chinese medicine, while treating one's emotional, spiritual, physical and psychological imbalances.

Sandra K. (United States of America)

Great explanation of Shen, Hun, Po, Yi, and Zhi. What they are, their individual functions, and how to treat when issues arise. Hamid is very knowledgeable on the topic and explains things in a way that is easy to understand.

Marnie K. (Canada)


Hamid Montakab

Hamid Montakab graduated from the Medical School of Paris, completed an education in acupuncture in France and in China. He practiced in the US and later founded the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts in Switzerland and was co-founder and president of the Swiss Professional Organization for TCM.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: NCCAOM (4.75), California [Until 2024/10/01]* (5), Standard Certificate (4.75)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 4.75 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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