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HerbalThink-TCM provides an interactive and engaging way to learn aspects of Chinese herbology not taught even at many TCM colleges. It is entirely self-explanatory, taking you step-by-step from the theory of Chinese herbology (traditional Chinese medicine or "TCM") to clinical applications. Topics include:
A unique feature of HerbalThink-TCM is its interactive game module, TCM Herbal Tutor, which interactively monitors and displays your progress, progressively introducing and recommending new material as you demonstrate readiness.
TCM Herbal Tutor engages your mind and your curiosity in interactive activities that closely simulate the cognitive and reasoning skills crucial in clinical practice. Interactive computer-aided learning, when intelligently designed, is far superior to learning the old-fashioned way (passively listening to lectures, watching videos, and simplistic multiple choice exams). Many medical schools have figured this out over a decade ago, and modern medical education increasingly involves clinical-case-oriented learning and use of simulators and computer-aided instruction before students are allowed to "practice" on real people. The following article explores how computer-aided learning can enhance understanding of TCM theory and practice:
Students and practitioners who use TCM Herbal Tutor regularly will learn to "think TCM", not merely memorize it. The following table summarizes how well designed problem-based learning differs from rote memorization and why it is superior:
The design team (Roger Wicke, Ph.D., and Curtis Kruse, M.S.) has extensive background in computer science as well as Chinese herbology. The software has been used by students worldwide since the year 2000, and material included in the software has been through several major revisions to fine-tune its effectiveness.
Anyone may purchase HerbalThink-TCM (you don't have to be an enrolled RMHI student)
HerbalThink-TCM provides a convenient way to learn a substantial portion of the course material without the inconvenience of travel and taking time away from work. Anyone is welcome to purchase the software; one does not have to enroll as a student at RMHI to purchase it.
RMHI's Levels 1-3 courses all use this software as their basic text and reference. Additionally, these courses require application for admission and payment of tuition fees. If you wish to become certified by RMHI for your studies, you must enroll as a student and successfully complete our course requirements.
Because the interactive games of TCM Herbal Tutor in HerbalThink-TCM automatically keep track of your performance, give you feedback about areas in which you need additional work, and suggest games to remedy deficiencies in your skill set, this eliminates time-consuming development and grading of homework and exams for RMHI staff, whose time is available for more creative interaction with students. This also enables us to offer the Level-1 course at a mere fraction of the cost of conventional TCM college tuition. The Level-1 course presents material equivalent to that covered over a period of several years in courses at many TCM colleges traditional health assessment methods, TCM theory and pathophysiology, herbal materia medica, herbal formulation but in a way that is simultaneously more thorough and yet also more engaging than mere rote memorization.
"Roger has created a learning tool that goes far and above anything else I've seen in interactive learning for TCM. Working with the Herbal Tutor and games, the material almost 'learns itself' -- that is, I learn it faster and easier than I ever would have thought possible without the effort or tedium of memorizing long lists of material." Pauline Vaughan, MA, DAc; Upper Canada Centre for Oriental Medicine (Ontario)
"...traditionally, students of Chinese herbalism underwent rigorous memorization of their material in great detail, a rigor not engaged in today in North American training in herbalism. And that rigorous memorization was done in conjunction with case-based hands-on learning. This program replicates that approach and offers a great task-master for ongoing study of the art, for identifying areas where we have become lazy or imprecise. Overall I consider this program and the RMHI course to be the best and most rigorous training in Chinese herbalism available today." Paul Bergner, Director of North American Institute of Medical Herbalism; Boulder, Colorado
Read what other health professionals and students of TCM herbology have said about HerbalThink-TCM.
HerbalThink-TCM System requirements features audio-visual tutorials complete instruction manual
Archived Help for older versions:
To download HerbalThink-TCM, subscribe/download here. Your "Welcome" email message will include instructions for downloading the software.
The Free version provides access to approximately 10% of the data, including all introductory material, and allows you to sample all major features. To unlock access to the Basic or Pro version requires purchasing a license.
Order a software license.
Important notes on bugs and other problems are posted on our HerbalThink-TCM User Group Archive until they are incorporated into the updated official Help manual.
All HerbalThink-TCM users, including users of the Free version, are welcome to subscribe to the HerbalThink-TCM User Group (email discussion list).
RMHI acknowledges the following companies and organizations, which have contributed significant free products and/or services that we have used in the development of HerbalThink-TCM: