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— updated 2022-01-21


Fundamentals of pattern analysis
for classical Chinese medicine (CCM)
— a series of five introductory lectures

by Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D.

Subtopics on this page…



These introductory lectures were originally planned as a series of videos, but this turned out to be too ambitious.
Instead, I've published the complete, extensively illustrated text transcripts below.


  • "Which herbs and remedies should I take for [medical disease X]?" Why is this type of question often dangerously vague and misleading? What are the alternatives?   (see lectures #1, 3)
  • How and why did the Chinese Communist Party suppress classical Chinese medicine and replace it with a thoroughly westernized, medicalized doppelgänger popularly known worldwide as "TCM"?   (#2)
  • How do we handle the complex, difficult-to-analyze cases that have become so common in industrialized nations over the past several decades?   (#4)
  • Can automated pattern analysis provide detailed, numerically quantifiable "fingerprint" representations of one's overall health status? Might this be useful in fields as diverse as epidemiology and forensics?   (#4)
  • What is the Nuremberg Code, and why have violations of this Code become the real pandemic? What are the 10 rights of patients and the 10 corresponding duties of healthcare providers under international law? When licensed professions have abandoned ethics in favor of mindless order-following, why should we continue to trust them or believe anything they say? What are the alternatives?   (#5)

I've practiced and taught Chinese herbal medicine for several decades, and I've never been entirely satisfied with introductory lectures and articles on this subject, including my own output over the years. So during the previous year, I decided to rectify that, while simultaneously examining how the untapped potential of classical Chinese medicine (CCM) might yield solutions — as a tool of research and analysis in fields as diverse as epidemiology, environmental medicine, forensics and documenting crimes against humanity ... and, of course, herbal medicine. To achieve these goals, however, requires that both researchers and practitioners acquire precise, accurate detail in patient health histories — the symptoms and signs — that 99% of them currently leave undocumented. Yet classic texts of CCM, especially from the 19th and early 20th century, are quite explicit about the level of detail required.

CCM is rooted in the ancient religious philosophy of Daoism. However, during the latter half of the 20th century, those links were purged by the Communist Chinese and substituted with an over-simplified, medicalized version popularly known worldwide as "TCM". [ref. 2-e] In a series of five introductory lecture-articles, I explore:

  • How and why was CCM purged, how might it be restored?
    — philosophical-historical aspects, ethical dilemmas
  • Rarely discussed aspects of CCM pattern differentiation: the mathematics & logic

After observing recurring patterns of errors by students, practitioners, and bureaucrats alike, I've vowed to spare none from scrutiny — including some errors of my own. The transcripts of these lectures have undergone many months of editing, correction, and suggestions from members of the RMHInet brainstorming network.

Over a 30-year period, we've created several software tools to help our students learn this pattern-analysis system and its underlying logic. The HerbalThink-TCM software package includes digital textbooks, databases, interactive games, video simulators, and artificial-intelligence modules. In parts 3 and 4, I use these various tools to help you visualize and understand the fundamentals of pattern analysis.

Though these lectures are intended primarily for people new to this subject, they also contain much material that even experienced practitioners and scholars may find illuminating.

The 5 lecture-articles:

  1. Pattern analysis vs. medical diagnosis
    • introduction;   holism vs. reductionism;   origins of Chinese metaphysics;   patterns and vector spaces: The Book of Changes (I Ching), Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, Cartesian coordinates
      • "Which herbs and remedies should I take for [medical disease X]?" Why is this type of question often dangerously vague and misleading? What are the alternatives?
  2. Chinese medicine in crisis
    • TCM vs. classical Chinese medicine (CCM);   the destruction of CCM: the Chinese Republic (Sun Yat Sen), Communist Revolution, Cultural Revolution; TCM "improvement" via Scientism;   Renaissance?;   Daoist origins of ancient Chinese metaphysics
      • How and why did the Chinese Communist Party suppress classical Chinese medicine and replace it with a throughly westernized, medicalized doppelgänger popularly known worldwide as "TCM"?
      • What are the similarities and historical links between Daoism and early Gnostic Christianity, and why have both these influences been actively suppressed and persecuted by so many governments and powerful religious hierarchies?
  3. The patterns of disharmony
    • 3-D vector-space model of the Eight Principal Patterns;   simple pattern differentiation rules;   TCM Herbal Tutor games
  4. The art, logic, and mathematics [of pattern analysis]
    • expanded 10-D vector-space model;   environmental & lifestyle factors in illness;   fundamental axioms of pattern analysis;   AutoSage-TCM expert system;   CaseQuery app for accurately reporting symptoms and signs;   Pulse Simulator;   two AutoSage-TCM case studies, illustrating each stage of the pattern-analysis process
      • How do we handle the complex, difficult-to-analyze cases that have become so common in industrialized nations over the past several decades?
      • Can automated pattern analysis provide detailed, numerically quantifiable "fingerprint" representations of one's overall health status? Might this be useful in fields as diverse as epidemiology and forensics?
  5. Taking back control over our health
    • crimes against humanity, the Nuremberg Code, solutions;   RMHI core principles
      • What is the Nuremberg Code, and why have violations of this Code become the real pandemic? What are the 10 rights of patients and the 10 corresponding duties of healthcare providers under international law?
      • How often do doctors self-censor to avoid losing their license?
      • What are the alternatives to relying on "experts"?


Note re: admission to RMHI programs

For those who may be considering applying to RMHI for admission, these lectures will provide you with a good idea of exactly how our curriculum works and what will be expected of you. To be admitted to our professional courses will require successful completion of Herbalists' Bootcamp, an intensive 60-hour introduction to classical Chinese medicine that shows you how to use all the software modules presented in these lectures. To our professional-level courses, we admit only those who have a high likelihood of successfully completing all graduation requirements. For individuals not interested in professional study, completion of BootCamp is required for membership in RMHInet, a brainstorming network for sharing information and ideas about CCM and health.

We expect our students to think critically and ethically. Our school is small, selective, and has academic standards comparable to what colleges and universities expected of students back in 1950's America. Homeschooled individuals are encouraged to apply for admission; they consistently do well in our courses.


Note to educators

These lectures are suitable for students in grades 9 and higher. However, over 20 years of RMHI student statistics has revealed, to my initial surprise, that the more higher education a student had beyond high school, the worse they typically did in our courses. Homeschooled individuals consistently outperformed everyone else. There were exceptions, of course, but the trend was clear. Higher education actually seems to suppress intuition and natural pattern-recognition — abilities that are typically well-developed in master gardeners, experienced animal trackers, and people who manage their own successful businesses. CCM herbalists also require these abilities.

So why does modern college education have this effect? Here are a few possibilities:

  • The vast majority of college courses focus on phenomenon that can be explained by considering a small number of variables. Most math, physics, and chemistry problems, as presented in the curriculum, rarely involve more than three or four variables. Yet any successful gardener must pay attention to dozens of variables. Any successful businessman knows that there may be hundreds of factors that require attention for one to succeed. Likewise, in health and disease, there are hundreds and even thousands of factors to consider. Consequently, typical college graduates habitually tend to over-simplify; they are overwhelmed by the complexity of the real world. Those who fear the real world the most permanently retreat within academia to become professors.
  • Natural pattern-recognition ability requires attention to the gestalt of a situation, the simultaneous intuiting of the big picture all at once — a skill than develops only by experience with messy problems in the real world. [ref. 1-m]
  • A typical student's four years in college is so focused on textbook learning that no time remains for meaningful real-world experiences. Additionally, public education from kindergarten on is woefully devoid of practical experiences like gardening, building things, and working apprenticeships — totally unlike the experiences of most youth during the first century of the American republic, when our country was the envy of the world in freedom, pioneering spirit, and inventiveness.

Further contributing to the decline of graduates' abilities is the fact that since the 1970's, colleges have largely abandoned any attempts to teach critical thinking. Indoctrination and political correctness now rule the roost. Formal logic is practically extinct and has been superseded by "feelings" and temper tantrums.

This lecture series reveals how the "TCM" system of education devised and promoted worldwide by the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) since 1953 has destroyed classical Chinese medicine — and how the damage might be reversed. Those who fully understand how the American educational system was destroyed will recognize familiar elements. The widespread infiltration by the CCP into American academic institutions has been thoroughly documented by many investigators and has been the subject of Congressional inquiries. [ref. Z-a]


 0-a    Reasons for "Disclaimer": 

 1-c    I Ching:

 1-f    Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator:

 1-l    Ideal goals for CCM education:

 1-m    Cognitive psychology, Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains:

 2-e    Classical Chinese medicine (CCM) vs. "TCM":

 2-f    The 'modernization' of TCM —
strategies for infiltrating and destroying alternative health professions:

 2-j    Beliefs common to both Gnostic Christianity and Daoism:

Religions have long been a favorite target of intelligence agencies for infiltration and subversion:

 3-b    AI in medicine:

  • Szolovits, P. (1988, January). Artificial Intelligence in Medical Diagnosis. MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Retrieved January 14, 2022, from
    [Szolovits' conclusion was that a pre-processor stage would be required that parsed the data of clinical symptoms and signs into a more fundamental state-space of variables, which could in turn provide the framework for more accurate conventional medical diagnosis. It is my own conclusion that CCM theory already provides the basis for the pre-processor stage that the MIT researchers claim is necessary to improve the performance of expert systems in medical diagnostics. According to this reasoning, however, the vast majority of expert-systems designers have it backwards: they have been designing systems to provide refinements to a general medical diagnosis or category of disease, whereas, instead, CCM expert systems should be providing the front end independently of any medical diagnosis, and conventional scientific biomedicine should be providing the fine tuning.]
  • Alder, H. (2014, July 8). Computer-Based Diagnostic Expert Systems in Rheumatology: Where Do We Stand in 2014? Hindawi: International Journal of Rheumatology. Retrieved January 14, 2022, from
    [A review of the different types of medical expert systems and how they work]
  • Ferreira, A. D. S. (2012, January 18). Advances in Chinese Medicine Diagnosis: From Traditional Methods to Computational Models. IntechOpen. Retrieved January 14, 2022, from
    [The vast majority of TCM/CCM expert systems are capable of only identifying the single dominant syndrome that explains the greatest number of a patient's symptoms]

 3-e    Flavors and health:

 4-b    Pulse palpation, positions:

 4-l    Pulse Simulator:

  • Li Shi Zhen (1993). Pulse Diagnosis (1st ed). Paradigm.

 4-s    Bayes' rule of statistical inference:

 4-x    Center of gravity; 2nd central moment:

 5-d    Nuremberg Code:

The power of parallel systems under declining empires, totalitarianism:
  • Toynbee, Arnold (1957). A Study of History. Oxford University Press. (2-volume set: Abridgement of Volumes 1 to 6, Abridgement of Volumes 7 to 10 by D.C. Somervell)
    (2-volume set: Abridgement of Volumes 1 to 6, Abridgement of Volumes 7 to 10 by D.C. Somervell)
  • Torba, Andrew (2021 Nov 29). The Power Of The Powerless. Gab. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "Václav Havel, a political dissident in the Communist Czechoslovak Socialist Republic who went on to become the President of Czechoslovakia after the fall of the Communist Regime. His essay is so profoundly illuminating and refreshing to read as an American dissident under the Communist Oligarch Regime of the United States. Havel uses a Green Grocer as a central character throughout the essay to illustrate a prototypical Regime slave. People we would mock today as 'NPCs' of the system."
  • Free Speech Warrior (2021 Dec 14). MASS PSYCHOSIS - HOW AN ENTIRE POPULATION BECOMES MENTALLY ILL (22min video). Bitchute. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    [re: the theories of psychoanalyst Joost Meerlo (Rape of the Mind, a classic work on brainwashing); parallel structures as a means for counteracting totalitarianism]
  • Malone, Robert (2021 Nov 27). Billions Of People Are Affected By This and They Don't Realize It. Youtube. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA vaccine, breaks down the "mass formation" phenomenon that makes it difficult to reason with those who have fallen victim to the globalist leader propaganda. Hear what he says is the hope we have before a total takeover." [re: the work of psychologist Mattias Desmet ]
  • Sorensen, David (2021 Dec 19). A tidal wave of awakening will flood the whole world – it’s unstoppable!. Stop World Control. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "The magnitude of this worldwide awakening is beyond anyone's comprehension. Nothing like this has ever occurred since the beginning of time. ...It is estimated that at least half of all physicians in America are refusing the vaccine tyranny. Medical organizations that resist the plan to forcefully inject experimental, untested and highly toxic substances into the entire world population, are being formed in every nation of the world."
Forced organ harvesting in mainland China:
  • Matas, D. & Kilgore, D. (2017 Jan 31). Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs. Organ Harvest Investigation. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from or
    "the Kilgour & Matas Report ... provides a critical amount of circumstantial evidence that systematic organ harvesting is indeed occurring in China. They sadly concluded that the allegations of systematic organ harvesting specifically targeting Falun Gong followers are true. Their report further notes that the government-sanctioned persecution of innocent victims as practiced by China represents a new form of evil in the world."
  • (2022). HELP STOP FORCED ORGAN HARVESTING IN CHINA. Stop Organ Harvesting in China. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "There is extensive evidence suggesting that hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs in China. And the crime is still going on. Help save innocent lives and end this crime against humanity."
  • Evans, Peta (2021 Dec 10). Murder-for-Organs Evidence Leads Coalition Director to Launch Not-From-China Pledge. The Epoch Times. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "In 2018, Hughes led efforts to initiate The China Tribunal—a London-based independent people’s tribunal—which conducted a rigorous examination of murder-for-organs evidence, including hearings of over 50 witness testimonies. The tribunal released its final judgement in March 2020 stating that its investigations led to the tribunal’s 'unavoidable final conclusion that forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale.'"
Illegal organ harvesting is a world-wide crime:
  • Epting, Quinten (2020 Jan 19). Organ Harvesting. Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "For human traffickers, as distasteful as it sounds and is, organ harvesting is an extremely lucrative business. “In 2007, WHO estimated that out of all transplants worldwide, 5–10% were conducted illegally. 21 In 2011, it was estimated that the illicit ‘organ trade’ generated illegal profits between USD 600 million and USD 1.2 billion per year. Underground ‘organ markets’ present a significant threat to the security of national organ donation systems, eroding the image of transplantation and public confidence in organ transplantation worldwide”"
  • Hagopian, Joachim (2018 Jun 28). ISRAEL: Organ Trafficking Capital of the World. The Millenium Report. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "increasing globally is the harvesting of human organs from war victims and selling them on the black market. This presentation will focus on this deplorable crime being committed regularly on each of the current warfronts and beyond, who the profiteering perpetrators are and the beneficiary nations where organs are trafficked."
  • Small-Jordan, Dianne (2017 Nov 28). Organ Harvesting, Human Trafficking, and the Black Market. The Millennium Report. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "USA Today conducted an investigative report in 2006 and found that illegal body harvesting is very lucrative in the U.S. due to the high demand of body parts. The investigation revealed that from 1987- 2006 (19 years), over 16,800 families had pursued lawsuits stating that their loved ones body parts were illegally sold for an estimated $6 million dollars. That amount is based on figures obtained from federal and local investigators, public organizations and medical universities."
  • Bagheri, Alireza (2016 Jun). Child organ trafficking: global reality and inadequate international response. Pub Med. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
  • (2009 Jul 30). Do U.S. Hospitals Push Organ Black Market?. Retrieved 2022 Jan 14, from
    "The possibility that organ trafficking is going on in the U.S. - and that the surgery took place at hospitals in this country - was raised last week with the arrest of Levy Izhak Rosenbaum in an FBI sting. ...If the allegations are true, it would be the first documented case of organ trafficking in the U.S. and would confirm something many medical insiders long suspected was going on, transplant experts said."

 Z-a    CCP infiltration of American schools and colleges:

 xx    xxx

  • xxx