Break Down Any TCM Case Study Efficiently & Effectively

Learn to break down complex TCM cases using a unique step-by-step format (plus, video answer keys) that will get you to the correct TCM diagnosis every single time.

20 CEUs/PDAs

Length: 20 hours

Instructor: Gillian Marsollier | RAc, CCII


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Who is this course for?
TCM / Acupuncture Practitioners, Acupuncture Students
Course length (start & watch when you want)
20 hours of video content
Course credits
20 CEUs / PDAs

*Please note that many of the associations listed under ‘CEUs/PDAs’ do not formally pre-approve online courses for credits, and thus require the student to track their own online course hours to submit for approval for their annual CEU/PDA requirements.

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Meet your course instructor

Gillian Marsollier | RAc, CCII

Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001, and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland. There she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as the Acupuncture Program Director. Gillian was then transferred to Halifax, where she successfully gained approval by the Board of Education in Nova Scotia for an acupuncture program. In addition to teaching, she practiced at a very successful multi-faceted alternative treatment centre while residing on the East Coast. In 2008 Gillian went to Nepal to teach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities at a medical facility. They are still using the modalities to this day to treat the locals from the Himalayan hills. For the last 5 years, Gillian has been pursuing the media side of acupuncture and natural healing through the creation of LIFT Education Academy. Through this online education platform, she has created many popular courses including bootcamps that have become the national gold standard for preparation for TCM registration exams.

Course description

Originally created for the challenging Pan-Canadian Case Study exam, this course has become very popular for new and seasoned practitioners alike as you will learn how to excel at breaking down any case study – from simple to incredibly complex.

Upon registration, you can download the detailed guideboook which will provide you with the necessary course materials as you follow along with each video. Instead of just reading through case studies, you will watch as Instructor, Gillian Marsollier uses her TCM foundations and a unique pathogenesis technique to arrive at the correct diagnosis. You will watch close-up videos of her dissecting the cases, right on the exam paper!  You will engage in quizzes, tests, and case studies of your own.

BONUS VIDEO: Audio recording that will demonstrate how to take a thorough an actual patient history.

Here is what you will learn:

  • Strong key foundations review.
  • Detailed teachings on pathogenesis (step-by-step).
  • Detailed teachings on etiology (so important to help ground your diagnoses).
  • Detailed teachings on finding your diagnoses for both easy and challenging cases (the key here is a consistent format which, of course, is what we will be learning!).
  • Detailed teachings in treatment principle (there is a small secret here to know).
  • How to choose the best acupuncture points for your exam or for your clinic.
  • To choose the best TCM Herbal formula for your exam or for your clinic.
  • How to create a powerful treatment plan (this becomes such an important part of your practice as well).

And, of course, you will go through many, MANY case studies in both test formats, and along with your instructor using the magic formula for TCM case study success!

Lesson plan


1. Course Outline

2. Course Guidebook

3. Course Materials

Section I | Foundations

4. Foundations Outline

5. Cardinal Symptoms: Part I – What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

6. Cardinal Symptoms: Part II – More Examples For You

7. Yin / Yang and the 8 Principles

8. Qi / Blood / Body Fluids / Essence

9. 7 Emotions / 6 EPFs

10. Zang Fu Organ Functions / Etiologies / Zang Fu Syndrome Differentiation

11. Ben / Biao Rules (Root / Branch)

12. *QUIZ* Foundations, Foundations, Foundations

13. Section Summary

Section II | Case Breakdown Definitions

14. Case Breakdown Definitions

15. The Magic Method to Finding the Root

16. How to Use the Case Study Template: A Video Demonstration

Section III | Actual Recorded Patient History Intake

17. Actual Patient Intake

18. Audio Case Completed Intake Template

20. *QUIZ* Pathogenesis

21. Sections I – III Summary

Section IV | Now, Let’s Do A Couple Together Slowly

22. Case #1: Urticatria / Digestion

23. Case #2: Hematuria

24. Read Before Moving On

Section V | Breaking Down Cases Quickly

25. Case #1: Leukorrhea

25. Case #2: Tinnitus

26. Case #3: Insomnia

27. Case #4: Chest Pain

28. Case #5: Abdominal Pain

29. Got It?

Section VI | Your Turn: Practice-O-Rama

30. Case Exam

31. Case Exam: Answer Key

Section VII | Case Study Exam: Put Your New Methods to the Test

32. Case Study Exam

33. Case Study Exam: Answer Key

34. Case #1: Digestion

35. Case #2: Childhood Epilepsy

36. Case #3: Abdominal Ache

37. Case #4: Joint Pain

38. Case #5: Hearing Loss

39. Case #6: Insomnia1

40. Case #7: Insomnia2

41. Case #8: Vomiting

Section VIII | Bonus Questions + Video Answer Keys

42. Bonus Cases

43. Bonus Cases: Answer Key

44. Case #9: Abdominal Pain / Diarrhea

45. Case #10: Orthopnea

Section IX | 21 More Cases with 163 Questions

46. Cases #1 – 2: Discharge & Depression

47. Cases #3 – 4: Numbness & Tinnitus

48. Case #5 – 6: Diarrhea & Palpitations

49. Case #7 – 9: Acne, Weak Limbs & Anal Pain

50. Case #10 – 13: Body Ache, Pain, Poor Circulation & Droopy Eyelids

51. Case #14 – 17: Urinary Retention, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Fever & Nose Bleeds

52. Case #18 – 21: Painful Breasts, Abdominal Pain & Mystery Illnesses

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