9J Biology of Oriental Medicine (4 credits) Summer Session 1. Lecture, three hours. With lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning, the theory and practice of herbal medicine, acupuncture, qigong, and manipulative therapies are explained in Western biomedical terms. The latest basic and clinical research advances in each area are also described. (for non-Biological Sciences majors to satisfy breadth requirement)

9N Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (4 credits) Summer Session 1. Lecture, three hours. Basic and clinical research on complementary and alternative therapies (e.g., herbal medicine, mind-body practices, energy medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, Ayurveda), and how such practices are integrated into Western medicine are discussed. Includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning. (for non-Biological Sciences majors to satisfy breadth requirement)

D124 Biology of Integrative Medicine (4) Winter Quarter. Lecture, three hours. Presentation of biological principles and the latest clinical and basic research on complementary and alternative therapies (e.g., mind-body medicine, energy medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, manipulative therapies) and their integration with Western medicine. Lectures supplemented by demonstrations and hands-on learning sessions. (for upper division Biological Sciences majors)



Biology of Oriental Medicine (BioSci 9J)

Course Goals and Description:

The primary goal of this course is to offer students a basic understanding of the principles and practices, and the biological basis of the Oriental Medicine (OM) originating from China, Japan , and Korea .  The fundamental principles of OM in general, as well as the theory and practice of specific modalities such as herbal medicine, diet and dietary supplements, acupuncture, qigong and other types of mind-body training and energy medicine, manipulative therapies, etc., will be explained in Western biomedical terms.  Besides viewing demonstrations of the different modalities, there will be opportunities for students to learn the basic techniques of Qigong, Tai Chi, acupoint massage, etc.  Lectures will include the latest basic and clinical research advances associated with each of the major OM modalities, and how such work relates to studies on other non-Oriental modalities of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Western Medicine.  From such presentations, the students will also gain a broad understanding of essential physiological functions of the human body (e.g., muscular-skeletal, circulatory, digestive, immune, and nervous systems) and the latest biomedical technologies (e.g., functional brain imaging, nanotechnology, digital fluorescence microscopy, biophotonics, bioinformatics, functional genomics, etc.).  Therefore, this course is ideal for students who are interested both in integrative biology and medicine, and in the latest technological approaches and advances in biomedical research.



Professor Shin Lin


4 Credit hours. 



Reading  Lists and/or Texts:

Reading material will be drawn from books, research papers, and newspaper and magazine articles.




The course will include lectures, demonstrations and student participation.


I.                     Central Concepts and Philosophy of Oriental Medicine Compared to Western Medicine.

§         History of Oriental Medicine and the present state of its integration into Western medical care and education in the U.S.

§         Principles of Western Evidence-Based Medicine, and its applicability to the practice of and research on Oriental Medicine.

§         Brief review of the structure and function of the major physiological systems of the human body from the Western medical perspective.

§         The principles of Ying/Yang, 5 Elements, and 8 Diagrams as applied to the description of the 5 Zang and 6 Fu Organ systems, their structural and functional relationships and comparison to the Western view of human anatomy and physiology.

§         Qi, meridians, and acupoints, their relationships and their detection by modern physiological and biophysical methods.

§         The 8 principles (Gang) for classification of disorders and diseases, the 4 classes of diagnostic techniques (Tsen), and the 8 classes of methods (Fah) for clinical treatment of disorders.


II.                   Acupuncture and Related Therapies.

§         Theory and practice of acupuncture and related therapies (e.g., moxibustion, cupping).

§         Clinical studies on disorders that are most treatable by acupuncture and related therapies.

§         Research on acupuncture involving such techniques as brain imaging, electrophysiology, molecular/cell biology, and the use of animal models.


III.                  Mind/Body Medicine and Energy Medicine.

§         The basic elements of qigong and kung fu and their relationship to other mind/body exercises and therapies such as Yoga, Reike, and mind/body medicine.

§         Clinical studies on beneficial effects of qigong and kung fu practice on major physiological and mental disorders.

§         Biomedical research on changes of physiological parameters based on such techniques as EEG, EKG, electrophysiology, biophotonics, and immunological analyses.

§         Research on the effects of external bioenergy (external qi) on human subjects, cell cultures, and macromolecules in vitro.

§         Explanation of the beneficial effects of qigong and kung fu on the basis of cancer cell biology, neuroimmunology, exercise physiology, and mind/body medicine, etc.


IV.               Manipulative Therapies.

§         The relationship between different manipulative therapies (e.g., acupoint massage, shiatsu, tui na) and acupuncture, qigong, and Western modalities such as chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, and sports medicine.

§         Beneficial effects of such therapies explained on the basis of the physiology of bones, muscles, tendons, and the nervous system.


V.                 Diet and Drugs.

§         The Oriental diet as related to modern concepts for dietary prevention and control of such major disorders as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

§         Medicinal foods, dietary supplements, and their applications, and regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.

§         Basic concepts on the preparation and use of herbal and botanical drugs.

§         Clinical studies on the efficacy of dietary supplements and drugs.

§         Current research on herbal and botanical drugs, using such technologies as functional genomics, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology.




Other UCI Courses Taught by Professor Shin Lin


§         Lectures on “The Science and Practice of Qigong” in the elective course “Introduction to Oriental Medicine” offered to annually to UCI medical students

§         Undergraduate seminar series “Biology of Chinese Healing Arts”

§         Undergraduate seminar series “Mind/Body Biology and Medicine”

§         Undergraduate Research in “Mind/Body Signaling”