Online Courses in Chinese Medical Chinese

Learn to Read Chinese Medical Chinese

with Nicolaas Herman Oving


The general goal of the courses is to become able to read Chinese medical texts. The course will help you to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in Chinese medicine through the study of characters and their use in classical texts. The characters are traced to their origins, and placed in the context of the medical classics.

The design of the program takes into account that many students, practitioners, and teachers do not have much time available. An investment of one hour per day will result in your ability to begin reading real texts within a year.


Online correspondence courses 2018


Block A: Basic terminology of Chinese Medicine

  • individual guidance with feedback on homework, quizzes and tests
  • focus on memorization of handwritten characters
  • reading materials on philosophy and history of Chinese medicine
  • interaction with fellow students
  • experienced and accessible teacher

Block A is accredited by the NCCAOM for 10 x 10 CEU’s


For students who already have basic knowledge and want to start with B & C as soon as possible, please see our Fast Track Block A option.


Block B: Basic grammar of Chinese medical language

  • continuing study of terminology
  • grammar of Classical Chinese: a thorough introduction
  • examples from Chinese medical texts
  • learn by doing: exercises, quizzes, and tests


Block C: Reading medical literature

  • reading and translating excerpts from Chinese medical literature
  • focus on value for the practice of Chinese medicine


After completing the three blocks, there is the possibility of private continuous study.

You can find a page with a more detailed description here.

For further information, questions and enrollment, please contact Nicolaas via


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