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WE Integrated Philosophy

Western & Eastern Integrated Philosophy at CITCM

The WE Integrated Philosophy incorporates Western and Eastern medical knowledge into holistic healing. Following CITCM’s exclusive WE (Western and Eastern) philosophy, students receive extensive knowledge of Western medicine so they can utilize and integrate western medicine knowledge, effectively communicate with other health discipline practitioners and establish a complementary acupuncture and TCM practice.

The Eastern philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been practiced centuries. Using a holistic approach, TCM is an effective regimen for treating illnesses that afflict the mind, body and soul. Practitioners use a combination of acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage and various healing techniques that help our bodies recover from disease and improve our overall sense of well-being, immunity, and energy. The foundation of Eastern medicine developed more than 2000 years ago.

Early practitioners discovered remarkable healing agents by examining their environment and the impact certain properties had on the physiology, psychology and pathology of the human body. Their studies, passed on and refined over the ages, continue to focus on treatment and prevention by enhancing strength, clarity of mind, and restoring a natural balance to the life-energy that runs through each of us.

While both Eastern and Western philosophies strive for health, wellness and healing, the two philosophies take a much different approach in their methods. The Canadian Institute of Chinese Traditional Medicine (CITCM) has developed a unique program which integrates Eastern and Western ideologies for a more enriched learning experience.

Our students study the theory and modalities of Eastern medicine such as acupuncture herbal prescriptions, moxibustion, cupping modalities and Qi Gong exercises in a clinical environment; they also study a Western approach to anatomy, nutrition and massage, paired with a three year marketing and business curriculum. The knowledge of both philosophies prepares our graduates for a thriving career in complementary and alternative healthcare.

Each student has the knowledge and insight to work in partnership with Western practitioners, helping to develop accurate assessment and determine appropriate plans of treatment.

CITCM students receive 750 hours of western anatomy and medicine theory.

School & Life Balance

Getting what you want in life.

The CITCM curriculum design is for students to enjoy balance in their lives. Weekday classes finish before noon to give students the time for employment, relationships, exercise, and personal interests.

  • School and work balance: Students can continue working as they learn and transition into their new careers.
  • Life balance: The schedule gives students a balance between school and life, enabling students to enjoy relationships, marriage and family during their studies.
Career Success

You are fully prepared.

Students begin their practicum in the second year and continue practicing until graduation.

  • Student Clinic. Professional instruction from leading TCMDs…
  • Available three-month intense practicum with professors and specialist at The Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM in China is available.
  • Students gain confidence to diagnose and treat independently from clinic training and mentorship.
  • CITCM is the only Acupuncture program in Canada that offers three years of business training. Fulfilled learning includes tools to have a successful acupuncture and TCM practice. Marketing and Business concepts are explored plus strategic planning to help student get their start.
Personal Growth

Get a way of life.

Through mentor-ship, collaboration, and learning different perspectives, CITCM students receive essential skills to fulfill their mind, body, and soul.

  • Everyone is welcome: The diverse backgrounds of the students and instructors bring enlightenment to nutrition, exercise, relaxation, inner peace, relationships and understanding of their surroundings.
  • Fulfilled Learning: The world around you is your classroom and continuous learning and growing is a way of life.
  • Full circle: Practicing complementary healthcare modalities not only enrich your life but also the people that surround you.
  • Community: CITCM is a partner with the Calgary Drop-In center where students work with patients who normally would not have access to acupuncture and TCM.