Advanced MTA: Eyes, Nose, Throat, Ear, and Mouth

Advanced MTA Series Courses

Advanced MTA: Eyes, Nose, Throat, Ear, and Mouth (Teeth and Tongue)


The Fusion Course

You can also only join the webinar of the course.

Access to the course recording will be sent to your email used for registration within 48 hours. 

Course recording is first available on Mar. 9, 2024

1. General Introduction

TCM offers a unique perspective on health and disease, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the body's systems. In TCM, the concept of "Wu Guan" or "The Five Orifices," which includes the eyes, nose, throat, ears, and mouth, illustrates this interconnectedness. These orifices are not only gateways to the external environment but are also intimately linked to the body’s internal organs, specifically the five Zang organs. This relationship is crucial in understanding the etiology, physiology, and pathology of disorders affecting these orifices.

  • Eyes and Liver: In TCM, the eyes are closely related to the Liver. Issues such as blurred vision or dry eyes are often attributed to a Liver imbalance, such as Liver Blood deficiency or Liver Yin deficiency. Conversely, eye conditions can signal deeper issues with the Liver.

  • Nose and Lung: The nose is considered to be connected to the Lung. Common nasal issues like rhinitis or sinusitis may be seen as manifestations of Lung problems, like a Lung Qi deficiency. Protecting the Lung Qi is thus essential for nasal health.

  • Throat (Tongue) and Heart: The throat is associated with the Heart. TCM posits that emotional disturbances or heat in the Heart can manifest as throat discomfort or speech problems. Hence, balancing Heart Qi is important for throat health.

  • Ears and Kidneys: The ears are linked to the Kidney. Conditions like tinnitus or hearing loss in elderly individuals are often seen as symptoms of Kidney Yin deficiency or Liver Wind, as per TCM theory.

  • Mouth (including Tongue and Teeth) and Spleen/Stomach: The mouth, especially the tongue, is connected to the Spleen and Stomach. Problems like taste disorders or gum issues might indicate imbalances in these organs. The tongue diagnosis is also an essential tool to diagnose digestional diseases. 

The concept of external pathogens in TCM, such as wind, heat, and cold, invading the body through these orifices is also significant. These orifices, being on the head, are particularly vulnerable to external influences. Acupuncture, in this context, is viewed as a primary method to expel these pathogens and restore balance to the affected organs and meridians.

In MTA, a specific focus is placed on the meridian points that directly relate to the Five Orifices (Wu Guan) - the eyes, nose, throat, ears, and mouth. This approach is informed by a deep understanding of the internal five Zang organs (Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lung, and Kidney) in TCM. By targeting these specific points, MTA aims to treat disorders of the Five Orifices more efficiently.

This course is meticulously designed to provide a comprehensive and profound understanding of this essential system. It caters to both seasoned practitioners and newcomers to the field of acupuncture, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to more effectively address kidney system disorders using MTA's unique approaches.

2. Course Structure
  1. Total Study Hours:  420 min. = 7 hours 

  2. Webinar/Recording: 3.5 hours i.e. 210 min for a course 

  3. Assignment: 3 cases study, 120 min. 

  4. Feedback and Discussion, 30 min

  5. Test

    • 75 scores are required to pass the test. 

    • Quiz (100 scores), 60 min, accounts for 40% 

    • Assignment: Case studies  (100 scores), account for 60%

    • Example

      • Quiz: 40 scores

      • Assignment: 100 scores

      • Total: 40*40% + 100*60% = 76, which means you passed and will get the certificate.

  6. ECTs: 0,25

  7. Certificate: A course certificate will be issued if you pass the text

  8. Materials: slides/handout, related research articles

  9. Part of the Advanced Acupuncture Styles which is required in all Master-level Programs.