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Theoretical Foundations of Kampo (In-Person)

October 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am - October 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm PDT

picture of bridge in Sankie-en gardens, yokohama japan


This course is approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 436 for 25 hours of Continuing Education.

*** Can be used towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine *** 

Course Description:

In-person October 20-22, 2023 (Friday-Sunday), 9am-6pm each day on the AIMC Berkeley Campus

In this course we will delve into the Theoretical Foundations of Kampo. Learn about the core concepts of “SHO,” which encompass the vital aspects of evidence or patterns. Gain proficiency in diagnostics through the four methods of diagnosis. 

Explore the Sho Kan Ron (Shang Han Lun), where you will unpack the stages of disease and formula groupings. Gain insights into the analysis of acute versus chronic diseases and delve into the concept of “cold” in Kampo. Immerse yourself in the study of Classical Formulas (Jing Fang), understanding their composition and why they hold a predominant place in Kampo. 

In addition, enhance your diagnostic skills with Fukushin – Abdominal Diagnosis. Explore the history, development, techniques, and methodologies of abdominal diagnosis. Practice and refine your abdominal palpation techniques, receiving guidance and corrections from experienced practitioners.

At the the completion of this course students will:

Understand the intricacies of the concept of “SHO”, “evidence” or “pattern”

Be familiar with the 4 diagnostic methods:

Gain a new understanding of herb dosages, preventing GI disturbance, Mengen (healing crisis), and Kampo Terminology

Learn about Sho Kan Ron (Shang Han Lun)

Deepen Knowledge of Classical Formulas (Jing Fang)

Learn Abdominal Diagnosis (Fukushin)

About the Instructor

Nigel Dawes has been practicing and teaching East Asian Medicine for 35 years. He lived and studied in Japan for 5 years followed by hospital internships in China in the 1980’s. Prior to moving to the United States, he founded the London College of Shiatsu in 1987, and in addition to acting as director and lead instructor, began lecturing at various East Asian Medicine schools in England, France, Israel and the U.S. Since 1994, New York City has been his home, where he has continued his involvement in undergraduate and graduate OM education and administration, political work in the field, clinical practice, research and publishing. In 1999 he founded the NY Kampo Institute.

These days Nigel divides his time between clinical practice, teaching, and publication & research. He is currently considered one of the leading experts in the practice and teaching of Kampo, lecturing widely throughout the US and abroad including Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia, He is a regular contributor to various peer-reviewed journals in the field and has published 4 books including a translation of a modern Japanese Kampo classic Kampo Igaku by Otsuka Keisetsu. His fourth book, Fukushin and Kampo, on the topic of Abdominal Diagnosis in East Asian Medicine, was published in October 2020. He has been on the faculty of both Tristate College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he taught courses in both Kampo and Japanese Acupuncture as well as supervising in clinic.  Nigel’s private practice is located in New York City and incorporates Acupuncture, Shiatsu massage and Kampo herbal medicine. He lives in Brooklyn

This course can be taken for credit within AIMC’s Doctoral Completion program; students enrolled in the program can earn credit toward graduation and CEU hours by attending this course. Courses taken for Continuing Education credit cannot be retroactively applied for Doctoral Completion credit; get in touch with the Admissions Office today if you’d like more information about enrolling in the Doctoral Completion program.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Unless explicitly stated in the description of the course, the AIMC Berkeley CEU Course
Cancellation and Refund Policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received by the AIMC Berkeley CEU Department no fewer than 7 days prior to the first class.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 7 days prior to the first day
    in the course.
  • Please submit requests for refunds via email to ceu@aimc.edu
  • All requests for refunds must be approved by the Accounting Department.
  • Approved refunds will receive a full refund, less a 10% administration fee, and will be
    processed within 30 days of approval.
  • AIMC Berkeley is unable to transfer course fees paid for one seminar or course to any
    other seminar or course.
  • AIMC Berkeley reserves the right to cancel seminars with insufficient enrollment. A full
    refund will be granted in this case and refunds will be processed within 30 days of

Those who completed “Introduction to Kampo” and AIMC Alumni will receive a coupon for $250 off towards attending Theoretical Foundations of Kampo. Coupon codes may be combined to total up $500 off the cost of registration.


October 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am PDT
October 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm PDT
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