Jan 20 2019 Five Phase Medicine:

Philosophy, Paradigms and Praxis

-- Efrem Korngold, OMD, LAc

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The overarching paradigm in Chinese traditional medicine integrates two complementary models: YinYang and WuXing (aka Five Phases). This course seeks to broaden an appreciation of the Five Phase model as a methodology for both enhancing the effectiveness of clinical practice, and for gaining a deeper understanding of human nature.


  1. Gain an understanding of the conceptual history of the Five Phase model in Chinese traditional medicine

  2. Gain a deeper understanding of the principles, analytical methods and treatments that derive from the Five Phase model using case examples and self-analysis

  3. Acquire greater clinical skill in the application of Five Phase treatment strategies and techniques

  4. Gain deeper insight into human nature by learning to observe, recognize and experience the Five Phase Types (formative constitutional patterns) that organize the embodied, somatic and psychological development, in health and illness, of both practitioners and patients.

Instructor: Efrem Korngold, OMD, LAc

Efrem Korngold began the practice of acupuncture in 1973 as one of the early non-Asian acupuncturists in the United States. For 45 years, his contributions via writing, teaching and herbal formulations have helped to advance the education, practice and credibility of Chinese traditional medicine in America.

Efrem first taught the principles of Chinese medicine and acupuncture to a small class of University of California (UCSF) medical students in 1974. In 1979 he developed one of the first acupuncture curricula in the country for the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. Over the course of eight years, he trained a new generation of American acupuncturists.

In 1991, Efrem along with Harriet Beinfield, LAc, co-authored the best selling Between Heaven and Earth, A Guide to Chinese Medicine (Ballantine 1991), which has been translated into eight languages and found its way into more than 260,000 hands.

Efrem Korngold studied at the Kunming Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Institute in 1980, and the Shanghai College of TCM’s Shu Guang Hospital in 1984 where he  received advanced training in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. For three years during the 1990s, he was mentored by the renowned herbalist, Dr. Fang Feng, whose practice served patients in San Francisco and Oakland, California.  

Efrem Korngold has been in continuous practice at Chinese Medicine Works in San Francisco since 1974.