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Eastern Medicine Programs

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By considering the study of traditional and integrative medicine at ITM, students are choosing to join a growing number of practitioners who understand that health is rooted in a balance of mind, body and spirit, and in our relationships and connection to others and to the environments in which we live.

Our graduates are Canada’s finest trained practitioners of Traditional & Integrative Medicine. Their education is founded on an integrated approach to healthcare which includes consideration of their own and their client’s body, mind, emotions and spiritual well-being, as well as an integration of Western and Eastern medical approaches. An Integrative Health Practitioner from ITM is trained in all aspects of their chosen traditional medicine and has also completed in depth studies in nutrition, interpersonal communication skills, mind-body therapies and healing arts such as qi gong, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness practice, self-care techniques, environmental health, as well as in Clinical Assessment, Pathology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and other disciplines within the Western allopathic tradition.

The Integrative Health Practitioner from ITM is competent in providing an integrative health care approach which addresses all aspects of health promotion, restoration and disease prevention. This comprehensive training provides students with the technical skills, knowledge and aptitude to work in cooperation with medical doctors and other health care professionals to develop the most optimal therapeutic options available.


ITM has developed the highest standard Diploma Programs offered in Canada, which surpass all current regulatory requirements both in Canada and Internationally.

Each Diploma Program incorporates a comprehensive system of education, including critical theoretical studies, intensive clinical training, and interpersonal-social skills development which encourage students to embark upon a life-long path of intellectual, physical and personal mastery.

Our curriculum, teaching styles, as well as the community of learning we have developed at ITM, allows ITM Graduates to achieve outstanding results in all regulatory licensing examinations, as well as in their personal careers and life objectives.

Students at ITM are part of an integrated system of education where emphasis is placed on the synchronistic nature of learning; one that engages their hearts, minds and bodies. All areas of study, from Biomedical Science to Massage, Nutrition to Needling Techniques, are integrated in ways that stimulate a student’s understanding and appreciation of the interdependent nature of all life.


ITM has chosen to call its programs in Chinese Medicine “Eastern Medicine” rather than Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and commonly refers to its training in Chinese medicine as Classical Chinese Medicine, to represent the historical proponents of this system of medicine, to emphasize the transmission of Eastern traditional practices handed down from generation to generation, as well as to acknowledge and maintain the medicine in its original state as much as possible. This title also acknowledges the other medical systems and traditions that have had an influence on the system of medicine in China, including the esoteric influences of Taoism.

TCM as it is currently taught in China and in many Chinese Medicine programs, offers an approach to Chinese Medicine that was developed after the 1911 Revolution in China, when there was a push to eliminate traditional ways in favour of adopting Western concepts of medicine. Later that century, when Chairman Mao Zedong was in power, he and his soldiers were on the Long March of 1935 when they were removed from the more Westernized medical system, and were forced to resort back to the traditional ways of healing. The success he and his soldiers had with Chinese Medicine influenced his decision to reincorporate ancient Chinese medical techniques into the current Western system of medicine in China at the time.

Today, most hospitals in China integrate both Western and Chinese approaches to healthcare. Unfortunately, during the time of the Revolution and up until Mao’s attempts to reintroduce the ancient techniques of Chinese medicine, much of the original essence and principles were lost or eliminated. This included the wholistic approach to medicine – one that incorporated all aspects of the human being, the psycho-social-spiritual and the environmental and lifestyle influences, as well as any elements of shamanism or spirituality that were at the essence of much of Chinese Medicine at the time. Little attention was given to the ancient techniques of qi gong, breathing and meditation practices traditionally inspired by the Taoists, as well as to the emphasis on nature’s impact on our health, including the influence and intimate relationship that the 5 Elements played in one’s overall health and wellbeing.

At ITM we honour the lineage of Chinese Medicine and strive to provide the most comprehensive system of training which includes the most fundamental and essential principles of Asian medicine and its relationship to the natural world: the Elements. Many current approaches to Chinese Medicine no longer emphasize the 5 Elements and their role in health and disease prevention, and instead focus entirely on the 8 Principles of Syndrome Differentiation, which is a method of diagnosing disease based on the manifesting signs and symptoms of syndromes. At ITM we embrace the original teachings as well as the more modern approaches to the study and practice of Oriental Medicine.

For further information regarding the History of Chinese Medicine & Philosophy, 5 Element and 8 Principle theorys, please email for references and visit our Resource page for links.


ITM features the highest standard curriculum for Eastern Medicine (TCM) Diploma Programs. ITM’s programs exceed the licensing and certification requirements currently existing in Canada and the United States, and students graduating from our programs have successfully completed the CTCMPAO (ONTARIO REGULATORY BODY), NCCAOM and California State Board Examinations.

The Graduate Diploma of Eastern Medicine (TCM) at ITM is the only program available in Canada offering students the Thesis/Dissertation study options, with a focus on Oncology Care & Prevention.


Clinical Acupuncture Diploma (R.Ac): 2400 Hours (720 Clinical Hours) / 160 Credits (24 Clinic Credits). 3 Year Diploma (Can be completed in 2 Years Full Time, must be completed within 6 years)

Clinical Acupuncture & Eastern Herbal Medicine Diploma (R.TCMP): 3325 Hours (990 Clinic Hours) / 221 Credits (33 Clinic Credits). 4 year Diploma (Can be completed in 3 Years Full Time, must be completed within 8 years)

Graduate Diploma of Eastern Medicine (TCM): Integrative Cancer Care & Prevention Focus 4200 Hours (1500 Clinic Hours) / 293 Credits (57 Clinic Credits) 5 Year Diploma, (Can be completed in 4 Years Full Time, must be completed in within 8 years)

Eastern Herbal Medicine Diploma: 1 Year Intensive for those who have already earned a Diploma in Acupuncture.


Asian Bodywork Therapy Certificate: 600 Hours (200 Clinical Hours) / 40 Credits (13 Clinic Credits). 1 Year Diploma

Medical Qigong Certificate: Medical Qigong Educator, Medical Qigong Therapist, Medical Qigong Master Certificates.

Integrative Health Studies: Joint Diploma Program Students at ITM have the opportunity to combine diploma and certificate programs, graduating from two programs within the same time period. Many of our students choose to complete the full Acupuncture Diploma Program along with the Clinical Therapeutic Herbalist Program, or to complete one of the Diploma Programs with a Professional Development Certificate in Contemplative End of Life Care, Yoga & Ayurveda Studies or Contemplative Psychotherapy. To explore the many options and possibilities, please inquire about the time and financial benefits of the Joint-Diploma Program option.

Integrative Health Studies: Certificates

ITM offers a number of shorter, professional development or personal interest certificates led by leaders in the field of integrative medicine and human development. Many of which can be completed in a weekend, and others developed for professionals seeking to upgrade their certifications or to enhance their practices with additional resources and skills. For details please visit our events page or email for a list of current classes, workshops and trainings.


In addition to the Eastern Medicine Diploma Programs, students have the opportunity to explore a multitude of systems and techniques of healing. This holistic approach to pedagogy, places our students in an advantageous position, allowing them to develop the skills and abilities to offer clients the most comprehensive consultations and treatments possible, and making them an indispensable resource for the medical and governmental organizations within their communities. These courses are offered as Electives. For those students who are interested in deepening their studies in other forms of medicine, ITM is affiliated with a number of training facilities in Toronto, North America and abroad, who accept Credit Transfers from courses completed at ITM. The Comparative Studies Courses are open to anyone who has a sincere interest in exploring and learning about traditional medicine in general. Courses, seminars and intensive workshops are offered throughout the year and are led by highly experienced practitioners in traditional medicine and related fields.

As ITM is Canada’s leading institute for hosting local and international teachers and facilitators of traditional medicine, we provide a number of advanced training courses and workshops for professionals wishing to upgrade or deepen their understanding of particular topics in the fields of medicine, or for those seeking to meet professional qualification requirements in the form of CEUs, postgraduate training, etc. Many of these training sessions provide certification upon completion.


1. Find out what kind of learner you are. What is your learning style….visual, tactile…find out and follow it. Learning your ‘constitution or element’ will also help you to understand how you learn.

2. Prioritize. This means prioritizing not just your study time, but your friend time, work time, alone time, nature time.

3. Create communities of support. You cannot do it alone. Develop peer or professional support teams made up of people you trust and who have similar motivations and goals. Support one another through it all.

4. Recognizing when it is time to take a break, and a “ME” time out. Nourish yourself.

5. Sharing Gratitude. There are a lot people in this world that would like your life. Enjoy what you have, and share it with others.