TCM Guides


 

I’d like to offer these comprehensive one-page references for students of TCM. If you are not studying for the NCCAOM boards, these guides are also suitable for the constant learner who needs a refresher in the basics.  The references for these guides mostly come from CAM, Maciocia, Deadman, Bensky, and Kaptchuk.

FOUNDATIONS

The first thing you should do is go to the NCCAOM website and download the official content guide. Refer to this list always as you study.  From my own experience, I think the best way to prepare for the Foundations boards is to read all of Maciocia Foundations. If your eyes just fell out of your head, then just concentrate on the blue boxes. My guides highlight what I feel is most important, but they do not cover everything, so be wise!

POINTS

Again, download the NCCAOM content guide. It is very important. For Points, I found CAM, Bensky, and Deadman to be better texts for preparation, as well the Clean Needle Technique Manual.  I also used tcmtests.com to help me get in the groove of answering questions. I highly recommend using a question bank whatever it may be. Study 2-4 hours a day, and don’t study for more than 4 weeks per exam, because you’ll start to forget content.

Refer to Bensky as your source text for ear and scalp acupuncture, as well as all your additional adjunct therapies like electrostimulation, intradermal needles, plum blossom, cupping, gua sha, moxa, etc…

Feel free to print and use these guides while you are studying or just for reference. Just be mindful that these took many (and I mean many) hours of labor, so please do not copy, redistribute, or sell. I hope you find them useful.

TCM PATTERNS & POINTS:

CHANNEL GUIDES:

TONGUE & PULSE

WARM AND COLD DISEASES

ALSO IMPORTANT…

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