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Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM:
Professional Self-Study Course, TCM Herbal Tutor, and TCM Pulse Simulator

The complete reference database, self-study guide, and self-testing program for physicians and health professionals. Comprehensive interactive-learning software, extensive clinical reference databases and textbooks on a CD-ROM. For PC or Mac.

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Page contents.....
• What you will achieve by completing the CD-ROM Self-Study Course and using TCM Herbal Tutor
• Why interactive learning will help you gain clinical skills faster
• How this CD-ROM fits into the curriculum at RMHI
• Self-Study Course
• Features
• System requirements
• TCM Herbal Tutor software
• Features
• System requirements
• TCM Pulse Simulator 1.0-beta
• How to order the Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM
• Version upgrades

What you will achieve by completing the Self-Study Course and using TCM Herbal Tutor

The Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM is completely self-explanatory yet thorough, taking you step-by-step from the theory of Chinese herbology (traditional Chinese medicine or "TCM") to clinical applications. Topics include:

• Assessing patterns of disharmony (patterns of symptom and clinical signs)
• TCM tongue inspection, pulse palpation, and body-type analysis
• Using the TCM materia medica (herbs)
• Tailoring herbal formulas to individual needs
• Detailed guidelines for clinical assessment and strategy
• Integrating other aspects of health care, including counseling, diet, environmental toxicity

Many of the practical aspects of being an herbalist are also covered:

• Ordering, storing, weighing, and preparing herbs and formulas
• Herb taste testing and identification
• Legal considerations
• Office procedures, forms

The Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM provides the tools for you to:

• Achieve increased clinical effectiveness in helping people overcome chronic, debilitating health conditions at lower total cost.
• Satisfy a growing demand for quality herbal health care.
• Gain competence and confidence in preparing for professional licensing or certification exams in Chinese herbology.
• Gain insights into clients' health that lab tests may miss.
• Apply TCM methods to both Chinese and Western herbs. (Many common "Western" herbs are already included in the TCM materia medica.)
• Achieve increased self-sufficiency in your family's health care - a wise (and relatively inexpensive) form of extra health insurance.
• Evaluate the qualifications and competence of herbalists if you require their services for referrals.
• Understand the deeper philosophy of Chinese health care that will serve you in coping with new health controversies as they arise.
• Appreciate the scientific (systematic, repeatable, and internally consistent) aspects of Chinese herbal health care.

Why interactive learning will help you gain clinical skills faster

The Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM allows you to study at home at your own pace, and includes a complete two-volume textbook; detailed lesson plans; extensive database of TCM syndromes, symptoms, herbs, and formulas; 60 clinical case reports; and sophisticated self-quizzing software that interactively monitors and displays your progress, progressively introducing and recommending new material as you demonstrate readiness.

The learning tools that form an integral part of the course are all designed to engage your mind, your senses, and your enthusiasm in interactive activities that simulate as closely as possible the types of thought processes that are crucial in clinical practice. Interactive computer-aided learning, when intelligently designed, is far superior to learning the old-fashioned way - passively listening to lectures and watching videos, and reading texts followed by multiple choice exams. Medical schools have figured this out almost a decade ago, and modern medical education increasingly involves clinical-case-oriented learning and use of simulators and computer-aided instruction before students are allowed to "practice" on real people.

Many TCM professionals and educators have commented on the widespread lack of basic health evaluation skills among many TCM college graduates and licensed practitioners. It is too easy to fall into the habit of choosing herbs and formulas based on simplistic medical diagnoses or even single symptoms. The TCM Herbal Tutor software solves this problem by thoroughly testing users in the basic 130+ syndromes or symptom-sign patterns of traditional theory and all of the variations and permutations that one can expect to see clinically. Rarely do specific clients manifest a textbook pattern definition exactly, and learning to distinguish between likely possibilities is a crucial clinical skill that using the software will enhance.

The design team (Roger Wicke, Ph.D., and Curtis Kruse, M.S.) has extensive background in computer science as well as Chinese herbology; the material on the CD-ROM has been through several major revisions to fine-tune its effectiveness in teaching important concepts at RMHI since 1992. Fluff (dancing herbs, cute but clunky graphics, etc.) has been banned, and all course material is highly functional, visually well organized, and easy to use.

How the Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM fits into the curriculum at RMHI

The Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM provides a convenient way for international health practitioners to learn a substantial portion of the course material without the inconvenience of travel and taking time away from work.

After completing the lesson plan on the CD-ROM, which is estimated to require about 600 hours of study and reading time (based on reports from RMHI graduates), advanced study opportunities are available through RMHI's e-learning and on-site seminar programs.

If you achieve high scores after using the TCM Herbal Tutor software, this is a good indicator of your likelihood of passing the written exams in the full professional training program. Knowing you are well prepared removes a lot of the anxiety from taking exams. Previous graduates have found the course material and software to be invaluable in preparing either for RMHI exams or for other professional certification exams in Chinese herbology.

Self-Study Course 2.0.7

• Case-oriented focus: 60 clinical case reports analyzed in detail, herbal formulas used, discussion of clinical results.
• Step-by-step lesson plan with material from RMHI's more extensive two-year training program - emphasis on experiential and practical exercises to reinforce learning.
• Professionally acclaimed two-volume course text in both HTML and PDF formats; includes clinical forms, diet and environmental health checklists, recommended references.
• Cross-referenced database with color-coded entries: common symptoms and clinical signs, 136 traditional syndromes, 290 of the most important herbs of the Chinese materia medica, and 254 classical herbal formulas; includes tutorials on how to use important database features.
• References to traditional terminology include the common English translation, PinYin transliteration, and Chinese characters (modern simplified system). Terminology, herb, and formula nomenclature are consistent with the widely used references by Bensky and Gamble (Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica) and by Bensky and Barolet (Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies).
• Syndrome definitions organized by symptom or sign type for easy comparison: systemic (thermal, vitality, perspiration), respiration, thirst and appetite, bowels and urine, pain, sensory, neuro-motor, sleep, behavior, etc.
• Syndromes cross-referenced to similar syndromes for easy comparison.
• Materia medica entries include: pharmaceutical name; common name, if any; Chinese + PinYin; relative clinical importance; botanical family, genus, and species names; traditional taste, nature, meridians/Organs affected, functions, and contraindications; cross-referenced to relevant syndrome indications; dosage; preparation; physiological notes; purchasing tips; possible confusions in identification.
• Formula entries include: common English translation; Chinese + PinYin; relative importance; functions and contraindications; cross-referenced to relevant syndrome indications; ingredients and dosages; recommended preparation; physiological notes; cross-referenced to similar formulas.
• Materia medica entries and formulas clearly flagged if toxic, or endangered species, or of historical interest only.
• Materia medica entries and formulas indexed by both primary function and secondary function categories - all herbs with a specific function (i.e., some aspect of tonifying Yin) appear in one listing. No longer is it necessary to hunt through an entire textbook to find relevant herbs with a specific function.
• Extensive, searchable tables of contents; database entries indexed alphabetically (in English and PinYin) and by topic area.

System requirements

• PC or Macintosh with an Internet browser that displays frames (Netscape 4.0 or later; Internet Explorer 5.0 or later)
• At least 64 MB free disk space, 128 MB RAM
• Optional: Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF files

(Adobe Acrobat Reader is generally supplied with most current Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Versions are also available free by downloading from Adobe - )

TCM Herbal Tutor 3.0.4 - the perfect tutor, strict but forgiving


The TCM Herbal Tutor incorporates database and self-quizzing software that provides you with a powerful, effective, easy-to-use, and fun way to learn the material presented in the Self-Study Course. Its features allow both the beginning student of TCM herbology and the clinical practitioner to gain insights and experience with regular use.

• View syndromes, herbs, and formulas in tables that you can view for easy comparison using search and sort function - an invaluable tool for working on homework problems and on your own clinical cases. Advanced searching (with Boolean search option, multiple search criteria) allows you to quickly:

• Determine likely syndromes from the symptoms and/or medical conditions;

• Find herbs and formulas with desired properties.
• Prepares you for exams at TCM college and for professional licensing or certification.
• Tests your knowledge of syndrome definitions, herb properties, and classical formulas - based on material in the Self-Study Course.
• Study Advisor guides you through a graduated series of quizzes, based on your performance during previous sessions.
• Sophisticated score keeper remembers your mistakes (progress files automatically updated each session), repeats material until you learn it. Make as many mistakes as you like; "peeking" at answers allowed without penalty or credit. As long as you eventually learn the material, your score will reflect most recent performance - the perfect tutor, strict but forgiving.
• Tests you on relationships between definitions in ways that closely approximate distinctions necessary in clinical practice.
• Displays a running summary of your overall performance in each of over two dozen knowledge categories important in clinical practice, so that you can determine in which areas to focus your continued study.
• Random generator creates a virtually unlimited number of quizzes, continually recombining and presenting data in new ways that reflect the many combinations and permutations you can expect to find in real life - unlike conventional multiple-choice exam reviews, Herbal Tutor will provide you with fresh challenges for years, honing your skills well into professional practice.
• Detailed help files covering all aspects of using the software.
• Optional auditory feedback - correct pronunciation of terminology - enhances memory, especially for users who are better auditory learners (may be switched off).
• Advanced users may preselect the type of game and material to be tested.

To view screenshots of the herbal tutor, click HERE

System requirements

Note: The following are general system requirements only. Actual requirements will vary depending on the nature of your environment.
• Windows 95 or later
• At least 20 MB free disk space, 128 MB RAM
• CD-ROM drive
• A Java 1.2 (or later) virtual machine - included on this CD-ROM
• A PowerPC Macintosh
• Mac OS 8.1 or later
• At least 20 MB free disk space, 128 MB RAM
• CD-ROM drive
• Mac OS Runtime for Java (MRJ) 2.2 or later - included on this CD-ROM

TCM Pulse Simulator 1.0-beta

A free license for use of TCM Pulse Simulator is included with your purchase of the Professional version of TCM Herbal Tutor. This program is still in beta-test phase, which means that although it has been tested on a wide variety of operating systems, we are still in the process of improving it. (Users of Mac OS X may notice that text menus do not display correctly - this can be solved by using the Mac OS 8.5-9.2 version of the TCM Pulse Simulator and running it in the "Classic" environment within OS X.)

You can order the Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM directly from RMHI.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences CD-ROM
Options & Prices:

Self-Study Course 2.0.7
(includes a free trial version of TCM Herbal Tutor 3.0.4 "Lite")
$350 (regular price - $429)

If you have already purchased the Self-Study Course and wish to purchase a license for TCM Herbal Tutor - Professional version (also includes free license for Pulse Simulator)
$355 w/shipping included (regular price - $429)

Order both at the same time and SAVE $105:
Self-Study Course 2.0.7 + TCM Herbal Tutor 3.0.4 - Professional version (also includes free license for Pulse Simulator)
$600 w/shipping included ($100 off regular price of $695)

Note: TCM Herbal Tutor "Lite" includes access to all of the TCM syndromes plus a small number of herbs and formulas. For access to the complete set of 291 herbs and 254 formulas, order TCM Herbal Tutor - Professional version.

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