Ethics from the Chinese Medical Classics

Elizabeth Rochat de la Vallee discusses about the 9 Ethics Principles and the NACCOM Code of Ethics.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Course Overview

The Ethics lecture on the “Patient-Practitioner Relationship from the Chinese Medical Classics” is perhaps considered one of the best talks on Chinese Medicine. It was first presented in 1990 at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Maryland, presented by Father Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée.


The subject of this lecture has now been included within the body of CTA’s Masters degree, as well as being offered annually to new generations of practitioners. As our profession evolves with the changing landscape of healthcare, this area of study and expertise remains a treasure house of clinical efficacy and healing potential. This course covers the components outlined in this lecture.


  • Allows the practitioner to develop his or her art

  • Invigorates his or her thought

  • Raises his or her vision and conduct


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Introduction to the NCCAOM Code of Ethics. Lecture of all 9 NCCAOM Ethics principles listed the NCCAOM Code of Ethics Document. Introduction of the Huandi Neijing and the Sun Simiao - Qianjinfang referenced throughout the lecture to show how and where it is related to the NCCAOM 9 Ethic principle.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Attitude of the great physician in reference to the Suwen 39. Explore references of Suwen 39 to illustrate NCCAOM Ethic principles number 1,2 and 4.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Pathways to the physician's realization in reference to the Suwen 11 to illustrate NCCAOM Ethics principles number 6, 7 and 8.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    The effect on diagnostics and treatments in reference to the Lingshu 8 illustrates NCCAOM Ethics principles 2 and 5.

  • 1 hrs - 1.25 hrs

    Ethics and behavior and Sense of self cultivation in reference to the Suwen 54 illustrates NCCAOM Ethics principles 5 and 6.

  • 1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Heart to heart dynamics as root of Chinese Medicine in reference to the Lingshu 9 illustrates NCCAOM Ethics principles 7, 8 and 9.

  • 1.5 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Explore the Sun Simiao's Qianjinfang Section one and two to Illustrate NCCAOM Ethics principle number 3. Summary of each reference listed in the lecture and how it relates to all 9 NCCAOM Ethics principles from the NCCAOM Code of Ethics document.

  • 1.75 hrs - 2 hrs



  • Jim D. (United States of America)

    Wonderful course, straight from the heart and filled with wisdom.

  • Gabrielle A. (United States of America)

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful class. You have reminded me of why I had thought Chinese Medicine could be fulfilling. What a relief.

  • Kamala Q. (United States of America)

    The wisdom and sincerity expressed by Elisabeth Rocaht de la Vallee in this course exemplifies what it means to be an excellent practitioner.

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Wonderful course, straight from the heart and filled with wisdom.

Jim D. (United States of America)

Thank you so much for such a beautiful class. You have reminded me of why I had thought Chinese Medicine could be fulfilling. What a relief.

Gabrielle A. (United States of America)

The wisdom and sincerity expressed by Elisabeth Rocaht de la Vallee in this course exemplifies what it means to be an excellent practitioner.

Kamala Q. (United States of America)

This course is an excellent compilation of quotes from around a dozen classical texts related to the theme of ethics in traditional Chinese medicine. It is a reminder that it is most ethical as a health practitioner, not simply to be without fault, but to pursue superb practice and being.

Chad R. (Australia)

This course is one of the best to meet Ethics CE requirements, PLUS with ERV's translations and depth of knowledge you learn far more to deepen your practice, not just fulfill CE/PDA requirements.

Joseph C. (United States of America)

Elisabeth is exceptionally knowledgable and teaches with a sincere heart and great sense of humour! I really enjoyed this course.

Rachel B. (Australia)

I was delightfully surprised at the depth and interest stimulated in me by this required course. Elizabeth is an exceptional teacher and human being! Thank you for your joy and knowledge on this topic! I look forward to reading other books you have written and published.

Genevieve L. (United States)

I always enjoy classes by Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee. She has a wealth of knowledge that brings added depth to Chinese Medicine theory and practice.

Deborah H. (United States of America)

Wonderful course! I appreciated all the classical references, and truly learned far more than I could have even imagined.

Eric K. (United States of America)

Elisabeth is such an inspiration with her considerable knowledge and clarity. It is a privilege to hear her.

Jane O. (Canada)

Fantastic journey through the classics as they relate to our everyday life in practice. Elizabeth provides a wealth of knowledge and weaves centuries of wisdom into graspable insightful understanding and application.

Joanne H. (Australia)

It was truly a breath of fresh air as fair as dry ethics courses can go. Loved the relation to the classics and the philosophy intertwined. Really had a profound impact on me and how I related to my practice and my patients...and my colleagues. However quite difficult to understand. Luckily it does come with subtitles.

Jasmine W. (United States of America)

Elisabeth is very knowledgeable of the classics. Very grateful for subtitles as I wouldn't have understood. Not a course to walk away from the computer and listen to.

Nicole R. (Australia)

The best online course I have ever enrolled. Very philosophical but easy to comprehend. Fantastic Course!

Wreksono A. (New Zealand)

This is an excellent course, making a subject that could seem mundane into something inspiring, and useful in both life and your healing practice!

Robin B. (United States)

I found this course very useful and did not expect such quality and profound knowledge about ethics and boundaries in the classics of Chinese medicine. The teacher very knowledgeable about classics and CM

Martha C. (Canada)

I fully recommend this course, because its content it is so deep and essential for our practice!

Eric F. (Brazil)

Very profound and deeply enriching. I highly recommend to both novice and seasoned practitioners.

Madeline K. (United States)

After 40 years of practice this webinar brought me back to my original reason for choosing to study chinese philosophy and made my heart warm. Merci Madame.

Kim S. (Australia)

Elisabeth is an exceptional educator... in this course bridging the Classics with modern aspects of ethics engaging the spirit with the necessary.

Jill K. (United States of America)

very deep, philosophical, thought provoking lecture

Kyung S. (United States of America)


Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

TCM academic and historian, Elisabeth Rochat has specialized in both medical and philosophical Classics in her 40+ years career. She co-authored 'A Survey of Chinese Medicine' and continues to teach about the Classics of TCM internationally.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: Florida (2), NCCAOM (2), Standard Certificate (2)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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