Cindy Banker, MA in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Language
AOBTA®-Certified Instructor in Five Element Shiatsu
AOBTA®'s Director of Education and Chair of AOBTA®'s Peer Review Committee
Telephone: 617-734-7991

Classical Chinese Medical Texts

The following course description is from a course Cindy taught at the Charles River School in Cambridge, Mass.  This photo is from one of the last graduation classes with faculty, students and Patricia.  If you would like more information about course work or a seminar in either the Lei Jing or original Chinese Medical literature please contact Cindy directly at .

Charles River Class

Practical applications for practitioners of shiatsu, tuina, acupuncture or those interested in Asian medicine as it brings Classical Chinese Medical texts to life!

The series will present:

  • An historical overview of some of the most important developments in Chinese Medicine.
  • The chance for close examination of original source texts.
  • Course materials ranging from ancient archaeological finds to the evolved accomplishments of Ming dynasty (1600) scholars.
  • Students who are interested in literary Chinese will appreciate that much of the material will include original characters as well as English translations.

In addition to a primary focus on the Nei Jing students will study:

  • The Mawangdui Medical Manuscripts which predate the Nei Jing
  • The Nan Jing: Classic of Difficult Issues
  • Works of Sun Si-Miao (the famous Tang scholar/physician)
  • The Pi Wei Lun: treatise on Spleen and Stomach
  • The Lei Jing: Zhang Jie Bin's categorization of the Nei Jing
  • The Shan Hai Jing (the ancestor of China's herbal medicine)
  • The Shang Han Lun: Treatise on Cold Disorders
  • The Ben Cao and historical development of Ch herbal formularies
  • The I Ching: the Classic of Change (China's oldest book)

Cindy Banker, MA, Certified Instructor in Five Element Shiatsu (AOBTA); Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM). In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Cindy has been teaching Five Element Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than twenty years. In the early 1990's she closed the New England Shiatsu Center to pursue an academic tract in the history of Chinese Medicine. She completed a master's degree at Lesley College on Chinese herbal medicine and language. Ted Kaptchuk, OMD served as an expert in the field and her primary advisor for both degrees. Cindy has taken literary Chinese at Harvard University and has presented her translation work from the Lei Jing (1624), for Chinese Medical text reading workshops at Harvard and Princeton Universities. She has presented many workshops on her original research and reproductions of original source text material.