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Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts was founded by a group of senior practitioners in the field of Chinese Medicine who have devoted themselves to the revival of classical teachings. Inspired by their studies with Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Daoist priest, they wish to help continue his work in restoring the ancient traditions by sharing their clinical experience and passion for Chinese Medicine.
The College is dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of Chinese Medicine with an emphasis on the medical teachings and techniques which are rooted in the Classics. Highlighted in this undertaking is the study of all the meridian systems, survey of the history of ideas and their influence in the development of styles of practice, and study of the medical classics. Students are encouraged to cultivate through the daily practice of Qi Gong/ Tai Chi/ Meditation. This aspect of Daoism is a fundamental component of the evolution of a strong clinician and health care provider; it is essential that practitioners live the philosophy they teach.
Our name, Daoist Traditions, comes from the close relationship between the Dao and Chinese Medicine that has existed since the ancient beginnings of Chinese culture. Oriental Medicine, like the philosophical tradition of Daoism, encourages us to live in harmony with the seasons and to follow the principles of nature as a model for the ideal life. By forming a bridge to the concepts of natural law and the relationships of human beings to it, Oriental Medicine took on a flavor and style that has remained into the 21st century.
Throughout its long history, Oriental Medicine has been a dynamic and evolving medical art and science. Today, it is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. We invite you to begin the journey toward becoming a part of this ancient tradition.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE
The authority to operate a professional program in Oriental Medicine in North Carolina was granted in 2003 by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. The College opened its doors in 2003. Daoist Traditions was granted Candidacy in September 2006 and Accreditation in August 2008 from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). The college was licensed by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to confer a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in April 2012.
Our campus is located in the Montford Historic District of Asheville. The campus facilities include five classrooms with wireless internet, a student lounge with three computer terminals, a student kitchen, and administrative and faculty offices, and the library.
Our College Acupuncture Clinic is located in the downtown area, a short drive from the main campus, and includes ten treatment rooms, meeting space, and an herbal dispensary. Both locations are accessible by public transportation.
The campus and clinic are accessible by public transportation. Classes and workshops are also held at our conference space, Heaven’s Cloud Retreat Center, located a 10 minute drive from campus.
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MEDICINAL HERB GARDENS
Daoist Traditions is one of a growing number of Chinese Medicine schools with medicinal herb gardens. The purpose is to give students the opportunity for hands-on contact with the medicinal plants introduced in Herbal Medicine studies. The campus gardens currently contain over 100 different medicinal plants and continue to be expanded each year.
First year students gain experience in the herb garden during the Introduction to Herb Cultivation course. In addition, students in the first and second years of the program are required to participate in the care of the herbal gardens. Through this service project students help cultivate a healing space for the college community to enjoy.
The Daoist Traditions Library is open to students, alumni and faculty. The collection includes books, journals, periodicals, and other audio-visual materials. In addition to Chinese medicine, our collection covers topics such as cultivation techniques, philosophy, bio-medicine, herbal medicine, complementary healing modalities, and business and study skills. The holdings are predominately in English with some selections in Chinese. Students also have access to the Library and Knowledge Services collection at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), located 10 minutes from campus.
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