Oriental Medicine Study Strategy

Studying Oriental Medicine means memorizing a lot of tiny details.  This requires a good plan of attack and I have found this strategy immensely helpful and so have my friends.  

 

To learn the point locations I start with human figure and mark in all the points.  I initially wrote in the locations and some notes on what the point is good for (as you can see in the figure below) but as I continued in my studies I found it more helpful to only put the location details on this page.  This allowed for faster and more efficient review prior to exams.  I give each meridian its own page and colour for points.  

 

I then take a blank paper and write out the most important characteristics for each point we are expected to learn (again, by meridian).  This includes notes of caution, influential points, luo connecting points and basic notes on important functions etc.  I also write any common point combinations at the bottom of the page.

Finally, I group like information together so my brain can see like concepts quickly.  For example, I'll write down all the points involved in lactation, all the influential points from each meridian, or all the points contraindicated in pregnancy.  You can find an example of an important points summary click here, and for a table of the 5 Shu Points here.

Point Characteristics

Point Characteristics

Point Locations

Point Locations

TCM_5 Shu Points

5 Shu Points

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