Advanced MTA: Shen Disorders

Advanced MTA Series Courses

Advanced MTA: Shen (Mental and Neurological, Brain) Disorders


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 Jun. 8, 2024

1. General Introduction

The concept of "Shen," often translated as "spirit" and "vitality," is a fundamental and unique element in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, Shen is considered the essence that governs the mental and neurological functions of the body, intricately linked to both the brain and heart. As such, Shen is central to all movements and functions of the body, making it the 'top commander' in terms of health and wellbeing.

In MTA, special emphasis is placed on treating Shen disorders. These disorders encompass a wide range of conditions such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, poor memory, and confusion. Addressing these issues is not just a treatment of symptoms; it is an essential part of restoring and maintaining overall health and balance in the body. MTA utilizes a combination of both local points on the head and distal points on the arms and legs to treat Shen disorders. The local points on the head are directly involved in influencing brain functions and therefore have a more immediate impact on Shen.

By utilizing these points, MTA practitioners aim to harmonize and nourish the Shen, thereby improving mental and neurological functions. This approach is grounded in the understanding that mental health is inseparable from physical health and that treating Shen is crucial for achieving overall well-being.

For students and practitioners of acupuncture, mastering the treatment of Shen disorders is a fundamental skill. It requires not only a thorough understanding of the theoretical aspects of TCM but also a refined, practical ability to diagnose and apply the appropriate acupuncture techniques. This comprehensive approach highlights the holistic and interconnected nature of health in TCM, where the mind and body are treated as a unified whole. 

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.