Kampo Clinical Training Seminar Series

An 8 Module Postgraduate Training Program in Traditional Japanese Herbal Medicine

Presented by Nigel Dawes M.A., L.Ac.

25 Formal CPD Points Per Module

CPD approved/pre-approved by AACMA | Acupuncture NZ | NZASA

Brisbane, Australia- 2020/2021

Module 1+2 – Sunday 5th – Friday 10th January 2020
Module 3+4 – Due to COVID-19, These modules will be conducted via Webinar (Sept to Dec 2020, Full Schedule Available in Tabs below)
Module 5+6 – Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th January 2021*
Module 7+8 – Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August 2021*

* Attendance to Modules 3-8 is permitted only to those who have completed Modules 1-2

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“This is the first complete Kampo training to be offered in Australia in 20 + years. Take the unique opportunity to learn this highly effective and complete method of herbal prescription (using advanced abdominal palpation diagnostics and more), which is based on the Han Chinese herbal medicine classics, Shang Han Lun & Jin Gui Yao Lue, and other Chinese herbal medicine classics, plus a variety of unique Japanese herbal formulas created in the Edo Period (1603-1865). This will be one of the most comprehensive and clinically applicable oriental herbal medicine trainings to ever be conducted in Australia, with a highly experienced, giving and passionate educator with 35+ years of experience. A seminar series not to be missed!”

Peter Scarselletti



In 2020/2021, Qiology has invited Nigel Dawes M.A., L.Ac., the primary educator in Kampo Medicine (Sino-Japanese Herbal Medicine) in the western world, to Brisbane, Australia to conduct the KAMPO CLINICAL TRAINING SEMINAR SERIES: An 8 Module Postgraduate Training Program in Traditional Japanese Herbal Medicine.

This is particularly exciting as this is the first time since the 90’s that a complete Kampo training has been offered in Australia. At that time, the industry leader, Peter Townsend (a mentor and friend to Nigel Dawes) who had studied Kampo extensively in Japan, ran Kampo training programs that turned out some of the best oriental medicine herbalists in Australia.
Qiology has taken the initiative to invite Nigel Dawes to conduct this unique seminar series to reignite the flame for Kampo Medicine in this country, thus fulfilling the role of raising the standards of the practice of oriental herbal medicine in Australia.

It’s with pleasure that we invite you to be part of this unique training program, where you will learn a system of herbal medicine application with a sophisticated and hands-on method of patient confirmations to maximise the correct prescription of oriental herbal medicine in clinic for outstanding results.



“Will you become a shrub (a tree without a trunk)?……..for if your core is hollow it is like reaching blindly into a beggar’s sac and hoping to find treasure……..but when your trunk has established itself……the branches and leaves will develop naturally by themselves”.

Otsuka, K., Kampo: A Clinical Guide to Theory and Practice, transl. De Soriano, G. and Dawes, N.; Churchill Livingstone, 2010.


Program Description

This clinical training is designed as a post-graduate internship in the theory and practice of Kampo medicine, the system of traditional Herbal Medicine practised in Japan. This system offers practitioners familiar with the basics of TCM and other East-Asian theoretical models the opportunity to learn a direct, hands-on, clinical approach to the practice of Herbal prescribing.

The Kampo Clinical Training Seminar Series is composed of two integral components – the classroom and the clinic experience. Each is given equal weight throughout the training.

The complete training consists of 8 Modules with 3 days training per module, totalling 24 days, and 200 hours over 2 years.  Our program in Australia will group the modules into blocks of 2 modules (6 days training), therefore there will be 2 x 2 module blocks per year.

Module 1+2 – Sunday 5th – Friday 10th January 2020

Module 3+4 – Due to COVID-19, Theoretical components of these modules will be conducted via Webinars 

Sat September 26th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun September 27th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat October 24th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun October 25th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat November 21st – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun November 22nd – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat December 12th  – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun December 13th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Module 5+6 – Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th January 2021

Module 7+8 – Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August 2021

The didactic and clinical portions of the program are comprised of the following four integrated but distinct components (full curriculum is specified in the section- Course Curriculum):

  1. Theory
    Basic Kampo theory will be studied including the concept of the Sho (conformation), Qi, Blood and Fluid theory, Taishitsu (constitutional analysis), Icho Kyojaku (weak gastro-intestinal function) and unique diagnostic specialties such as Fukushin (abdominal diagnosis). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the complexities of the patient Sho (conformation), which includes their presenting pathology but also involves detailed constitutional analysis and subjective patient complaints.
  2. Formulas
    120 commonly used Kampo formulas (mostly from the Shang Han Lun & Jing Gui Yao Lue) will be studied. Some 15 or so original formulas written in Edo period Japan (1603-1865) will also be studied alongside those of Classical Chinese origin. The unique Sho & clinical narrative conforming to each respective formula will be examined in detail including modifications and derivatives.
  3. Therapeutics
    In addition, Kampo therapeutics (internal medicine) will be studied. Disease manifestations will be examined according to their physiological systems (eg: Circulatory Disorders, etc.) & will be systematically examined according to their specific Sho (or differential diagnostic pattern expressed in terms of relevant formula applications). The study will include the clinical specialities of Dermatology, OBGYN, Paediatrics and more.
  4. Kampo Clinical Training Seminar Series Teaching Clinic
    • Teaching clinic is held on 2 afternoons per module in modules #2 through to #8.
    • Patients are seen for herbal consultation in the Kampo style. New patient consults are 1 hour with follow-up visits scheduled for 30 minutes. Patients are encouraged to visit on a regular basis for careful re-evaluation and formula modification or change. This intensive clinical monitoring constitutes a major characteristic of clinical practice in the Kampo tradition.
    • The clinic experience is conducted in small groups where students are asked to participate in all aspects of clinic assessment, including pharmacy management and herb formula prescription and dispensing. Careful attention is paid to the practice of the detailed diagnostic procedures essential to an accurate application of appropriate herbal formulas.
    • Students will gradually be expected to actively participate in formula prescription with the aim of achieving confidence and independent skills by the end of the training. Formal case study presentations form part of the clinical training with regular, optional monthly on-line study groups held for students and past graduates of the program. Students and alumni are encouraged to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.


Kampo, sometimes written Kanpo, literally means “the way of the (Han) Chinese”. It refers to the traditional methods of prescribing herbs developed during the Han dynasty (200 BCE – 220 AD). These early ideas reached Japan by the 6th century and began to be incorporated into medical practice there. These ideas were transmitted usually via Korea by Buddhist monks and scholars such as Te Lai (in 459 AD) and Zhi Cong (in 562 AD).
Japan also adopted the Chinese written language at this time and began to incorporate Buddhism, Confucianism, governmental organisation and the art of divination and astrology as well as various Martial Arts from mainland China, opening the way for Chinese Healing arts to follow. The first official classes in Chinese Medicine in Japan were said to have been given by a Korean physician in 602 AD by order of the Empress Suiko (reign: 592-628 AD).

There followed a period of fertile medical exchange between China and Japan which lasted until the beginning of the 11th century and was dominated by the Han Dynasty works of Zhang Zhong Jing (c.150-220 AD) and those of the Sui (589-618 AD) and Tang (618-907 AD) dynasties marked by the work of the famous physician Sun Simiao (581-682 AD). The earliest surviving Japanese Herbal text, the Ishimpo, was written in 984 AD by Yasuyori Tamba, and quotes more than 100 Chinese texts from the preceding 4 centuries.

Japan underwent a period of cultural and economic isolation between the end of the 9th century, soon after the publication of the Ishimpo, which lasted until the end of the 14th century. By then, just as China had done during the Jin Yuan period (12th CE), Japan developed distinctive schools of medical thought epitomised by the Goseiha school of Sanki Tashiro (1465-1537), based on the work of Chinese scholar-physicians such as Li Dongyuan (1180-1251) and Zhu Danxi (1281-1358) which focused on the centre-tonifying and yin-tonifying principles respectively as well as on the 5-phase theory.

Later, the Kohoha school, developed by Todo Yoshimasu (1702-1773), claimed that most diseases were caused by an invading toxin, not unlike the other two schools of the Jin-Yuan period (Fire-purging and Wind-clearing) and the later treatise of the Wenbing Huichun (1587) describing the so-called four levels of disease, written by Gong Tingxian (1522-1619).

Kampo went into decline with the advent of western influences in medicine and was all but relegated to folklore by the Meiji period (1868-1902). It was only revived in the first half of the 20th century by enthusiastic western-trained doctors who were interested in returning to their classical roots in medicine. Amongst them, perhaps the most well known often called the “father of modern Kampo” was Keisastu Otsuka (1900-1980) who was widely published, helped set up the Kitasato Research Institute for Kanpo studies in Tokyo and is perhaps the best-known modern Kampo practitioner in Japan.


Kampo carries the trade-marks of all traditional Japanese therapeutic systems – an emphasis on palpation (primarily abdominal in the case of Kampo), a diagnostic framework based on early theories from the classics (such as the Nei Jing Su Wen and Ling Shu – “Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” and the Nan Jing “Classic of Difficult Questions”) focusing on 5-Phase theory, Qi, Blood & Fluid differentiation (which predates zang-fu theory) and the prescribing of classical formulae exclusively taken from the Shang Han Lun (“Treatise on febrile diseases caused by cold”) & its sister text the Jing Gui Yao Lue (“Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet”), both written in the later Han Dynasty. The unique features of this classical system include:

  • Prescriptions and dosages are small in comparison to modern Chinese herbal formulas (typically one third) rendering a narrow therapeutic target.
  • Raw Herbs are never re-boiled (unlike in China).
  • Primarily plant materials are used (very few animal parts)
  • Knowledge of the clinical application of the formulas is emphasized over & above detailed memorization of the Materia Medica.
  • Formulas are prescribed for short periods (usually one week or less) prior to re-evaluation.

Nigel Dawes M.A., L.Ac.

Nigel Dawes has been practising and teaching East Asian Medicine for 35 years. He lived and studied in Japan for 5 years followed by hospital internships in China. Prior to moving to the United States he founded and directed the London College of Shiatsu, and began lecturing at various Oriental Medicine (OM) schools in England, France, Israel and the U.S. Since 1994 New York City has been his home, where he has continued his involvement in undergraduate and graduate OM education and administration, political work in the field, clinical practice, and publishing.

These days Nigel divides his time between clinical practice, teaching, publication & research. He is currently considered one of the leading experts in the practice and teaching of Kampo, lecturing widely throughout the US and abroad and recently published a translation of a modern Japanese Kampo classic. In New York, he is on the faculty of both Tristate College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he teaches both Kampo and Japanese Acupuncture courses and supervises in a clinic.

Nigel’s clinic is located in New York City and incorporates Acupuncture, Shiatsu massage and Kampo herbal medicine. He lives in Brooklyn.


Nigel lived both in Tokyo and in Kamakura between 1982 and 1987. During this period he attended Acupuncture School where he also began his Kampo studies. In parallel to this formal education, he also pursued an apprenticeship-style training with his main Zen Shiatsu teacher, Suzuki Takeo, originally at the IOKAI centre and later privately. During the latter part of his time in Japan, Nigel studied and assisted at a busy downtown acupuncture clinic in Tokyo as well as maintaining a Zen Practice at San Un Zendo in Kamakura.

In 1987, Nigel attended the three-month Advanced Acupuncture Course at the International Acupuncture Training Center on the campus of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. He stayed on at Guang An Men hospital to continue his studies for a further 3 months with Prof. Li Shan Gao before returning to the UK.

Nigel founded and directed the London College of Shiatsu in 1987 and until 1992 acted as the principal faculty offering a three-year accredited Zen Shiatsu training. During that time, in addition to teaching, Nigel was very active in the Shiatsu community, serving in various roles on the executive committee of the Shiatsu Society of Great Britain, helping develop standards for education and assessment and contributing frequently to Shiatsu publications including 2 books: Massage Cures; Publ. Thorsons, 1990, ISBN: 0-7225-2180-4 and The Shiatsu Workbook, A Beginner’s Guide; Publ. Piatkus Books, 1991, ISBN: 0-7499-1073-9 (later published in the US as Shiatsu For Beginners, A Step by Step Guide; Prima Books, 1995, ISBN: 0761501320).

In 1993, Nigel moved to the US. He settled in New York where for 8 years he was Dean Of the Oriental Medicine Department at the New York College for Wholistic Medicine. In addition to his administrative responsibilities he also taught and maintained a faculty and private practice. Since 2001 he has focused his energies on his private practice in New York City as well as part-time faculty positions at both Tristate College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has served on various committees of the Council for Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and as a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has also continued to publish in peer-reviewed journals nationally and internationally including a translation of a seminal modern Japanese text on Kampo: “Kampo: A Clinical Guide to Theory and Practice; Churchill Livingstone, 2010, ISBN: 0443100934″ 

In 2010 Nigel formed the NYC Kampo Institute, dedicated to the dissemination of Japanese practices in East Asian Medicine and he currently offers various courses and training through his institute both nationally and internationally.  The Kampo Institute offers seminars and programs in Traditional Japanese Medicine at the postgraduate level, in particular, his Kampo Internship program, a 300-hour apprenticeship-style post-graduate training in Sino-Japanese herbal Medicine. This program is offered nationally throughout the US and a 200-hour program is offered internationally in countries including Portugal, Israel and now, Australia!

Above all else, Nigel is well known by his students for his passionate teaching style. His love for his work and teaching radiates out and touches every person, client and student he interacts with.

As is required by National Law, we disclose that Nigel Dawes is not a registered health professional within Australia.




















Course Curriculum

KAMPO CLINICAL TRAINING SEMINAR SERIES: An 8 Module Postgraduate Training Program in Traditional Japanese Herbal Medicine


Module 1+2 – Sunday 5th – Friday 10th January 2020

Module 3+4 – Due to COVID-19, Theoretical components of these modules will be conducted via Webinars 

Sat September 26th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun September 27th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat October 24th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun October 25th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat November 21st – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun November 22nd – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat December 12th  – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun December 13th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Module 5+6 – Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th January 2021

Module 7+8 – Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August 2021


  • 200 Hours
  • 24 months
  • 8 Modules
  • Practical components not covered during the webinars will be covered in later modules (More details will be given at a later date)
  • Extensive Note / Materials
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Certificate of Completion

Module #1 – 25 hours

Theoretical Foundations of Kampo:

  1. Introduction to Kampo
  2. The concept of “SHO”, “evidence” or “pattern”:
    • Yo/In (Yang/Yin) Sho
    • Kyo/Jitsu (Xu/Shi) Sho
    • Ki Tai (Qi Yu) Sho
    • Oketsu (Xue Yu) Sho
    • Tan In (Shui Du) Sho
    • Hie (Han) Sho
    • Nobose Sho
    • Taishitsu (Ti Zhi) Sho
    • Icho Kyo Jyaku (Wei Cheng Xu Ruo) Sho
  3. Diagnostics (the 4 methods):
    • Boshin (Observation)
    • Bunshin (Listening/smelling)
    • Monshin (Questioning)
    • Setsushin (Palpating)
  4. Miscellaneous:
    • Dosages
    • Prevention of G.I. disturbance
    • Mengen (Healing Crisis)
    • Kampo terminology

Sho Kan Ron (Shang Han Lun)

  1. Introduction
  2. Disease stages and formula groupings
  3. Acute Vs chronic disease analysis
  4. The concept of “cold” in Kampo

Classical Formulas (Jing Fang)

  1. What constitutes a Classical Formula?
  2. Why does Kampo predominantly use Classical Formulas?
  3. Synergy and the formula “unit”
  4. Therapeutic Vs adverse responses and timeframe

Fukushin – Abdominal Diagnosis (Part #1)

  1. Powerpoint presentation (with accompanying slide notes)
    • History and development
    • Technique and methodology
    • Charting of findings
  2. Demonstration of the abdominal exam.
    • Positioning and Form
    • Pressure (strength and depth)
    • Sequence
    • Flow
  3. Abdominal palpation practice & correction
    • practice in threes (technique)
    • pair-work (findings)


Module #2 – 25 hours

Fukushin – Abdominal Diagnosis (Part #2)

  1. Formula application according to basic 13 abdominal patterns
  2. Formula application according to complex Abdominal patterns
  3. Constitution Vs Pattern analysis in Fukushin
  4. Practicum

Introduction to Classical Formulas

  1. Nomenclature (Pinyin/Romaji/English)
  2. Classification according to 6-Stages
  3. Classification according to Qi / Blood / Fluids
  4. Classification according to “families”
  5. Classification according to constitution
  6. Classification according to historical period


Outside/Inside; Emptiness/Fullness Formula Sho  (Hyo/Ri; Kyo/Jitsu Sho)

a) Outside Fullness Conformation / Hyo Jitsu Sho

  • Ma Huang Tang / Ma Huang Combination
  • Ge Gen Tang / Pueraria Combination
  • Xiao Qing Long Tang / Minor Blue Dragon Combination
  • Da Qing Long Tang / Major Blue Dragon Combination
  • Ma Xing Gan Shi Tang / Ma Huang and Apricot Seed Combination
  • Ge Gen Tang Jia Xin Yi Chuan Xiong / Pueraria and Magnolia Combination

b) Outside Emptiness Conformation / Hyo Kyo Sho

  • Gui Zhi Tang / Cinnamon Combination
  • Gui Zhi Jia Shao Yao Tang / Cinnamon and Peony Combination
  • Gui Zhi Huang Qi Tang / Cinnamon and Astragalus Combination
  • Gui Zhi Jia Ge Gen Tang / Cinnamon and Pueraria Combination
  • Gui Zhi Jia Hou Pu Xing Ren Tang / Cinnamon, Magnolia & Apricot Seed Comb
  • Gui Zhi Ma Huang Ge Ban Tang / Cinnamon and Ma Huang Combination
  • Gui Zhi Jia Fu Zi Tang / Cinnamon and Aconite Combination
  • Gui Zhi Jia Ling Zhu Fu Tang / Cinnamon and Atractylodes Combination

c) Inside Fullness Conformation / Ri Jistu Sho

  • Da Chai Hu Tang / Major Bupleurum Combination
  • Da Cheng Qi Tang / Major Rhubarb Combination
  • Yin Chen Hao Tang / Capillaris Combination
  • Fang Feng Tong Shen San / Siler and Platycodon Combination

d) Inside Emptiness Conformation / Ri Kyo Sho

  • Si Ni Tang / Aconite Ginger and Licorice Combination
  • Zhen Wu Tang / Vitality Combination
  • Fu Zi Li Zhong Tang / Ginseng and Aconite Combination
  • Si Ni Jia Ren Shen Tang / AGL with Ginseng Combination
  • Ma Huang Xi Xin Fu Zi Tang / Ma Huang and Asarum Combination

Therapeutics #1

Respiratory Disorders         

  • Common cold / Influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Emphysema
  • Tuberculosis

Homework assignments

  • Formula Sho
  • Fukushin
  • Therapeutics

Clinic Grand Rounds #1


Module #3 – 25 hours

Introduction to Qi Formulas

  1. Kitai – Qi Stasis
  2. Secondary Qi pathologies
  3. Clinical signs
  4. Treatment approaches

Qi Formulas #1 / Deficiency (Kyo Sho)

Qi Deficiency Conformation (Ki Kyo Sho) + Water – Ren Shen Family pp.47-51

  • Si Jun Zi Tang / Four Major Herb Combination (aka. 4 Gentlemen)
  • Liu Jun Zi Tang / Six Major Herb Combination (aka. 6 Gentlemen)
  • Shang Xia Liu Jun Zi Tang / Saussurea and Cardamon Combination
  • Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang / Ginseng and Astragalus Combination
  • Wu Zhu Yu Tang / Evodia Combination

Qi Deficiency Conformation (Ki Kyo Sho) + Dryness – Ren Shen Family pp.52-54

  • Xiao Jian Zhong Tang / Minor Cinnamon and Peony Combination
  • Da Jian Zhong Tang / Major Zanthoxylum Combination
  • Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang / Astragalus Combination
  • Otsuka’s “Major Construct the Middle” formula

Ki Kyo Nobose Sho – Qi Deficiency Conformation with Counterflow – Gui Zhi/Da Zao Family pp.55-59

  • Gui Zhi Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang / Cinnamon and Dragon Bone Combination
  • Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang / Pinellia and Magnolia Combination
  • Ling Gui Gan Cao Tang / Hoelen, Licorice and Jujube Combination
  • Ben Tong Tang / Pueraria and Ginger Combination
  • Gan mai Da Zao Tang / Licorice and Jujube Combination

Ki Kyo Nobose / Tai Sho – Qi Deficiency Conformation with Counterflow / Stasis – Ban Xia Family pp.60-63

  • Yan Nian Ban Xia Tang / Evodia and Pinellia Combination
  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang / Pinellia and Gastrodia Combination
  • An Zhong San / Cardamon and Fennel Formula
  • Xuan Fu Hua Dai Zhe Shi Tang / Inula and Hematite Combination

Therapeutics #2

Disorders of the eye, ear, nose & throat  

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cataracts / Eyestrain
  • Otitis Media
  • Tinnitus
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Tonsillitis / Pharyngitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Stomatitis / Aphthous Ulcers
  • Stuttering
  • Motion Sickness

Circulatory Disorders                                          

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Cardiac Neurosis
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Palpitations
  • Pulsing sensation

Homework assignment

Clinic Grand Rounds #2


Module #4 – 25 hours

Qi Formulas #2 / Excess (Jitsu Sho)

Qi Stagnation Conformation (Ki Jitsu Sho) + Epigastric Tightness – Huang Lian Family pp.64-68

  • San Huang Xie Xin Tang / Coptis and Rhubarb Combination
  • Huang Lian Xie Xin Tang / Coptis Combination
  • Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang / Pinellia Combination
  • Gan Cao Xie Xin Tang / Pinellia and Licorice Combination;
  • Sheng Jiang Xie Xin Tang Pinellia and Ginger Combination

Qi Stagnation Conformation (Ki Jitsu Sho) + Hypochondriac Tightness / NoboseChai Hu Family pp.69-72

  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang / Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination
  • Gou Teng San / Gambir Formula
  • Yi Gan San / Bupleurum Formula
  • Yi Gan San Jia Chen Pi Ban Xia / Bupleurum Formula plus Citrus and Pinellia

Qi Stagnation Conformation (Ki Jitsu Sho) + Hypochondriac Tightness – Chai Hu Family pp.73-76

  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang / Minor Bupleurum
  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang / Bupleurum and Cinnamon Combination
  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Tang / Bupleurum, Cinnamon and Ginger Comb.
  • Si Ni San / Bupleurum and Chi Shi Formula

Qi Stagnation Conformation (Ki Jitsu Sho) + Middle Jiao Stasis / NoboseZhu Ru & Chai Hu Family pp.77-80

  • Zhu Ru Wen Dan Tang / Bamboo and Ginseng Combination
  • Wen Dan Tang / Bamboo and Hoelen Combination
  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao San / Bupleurum and Peony Formula
  • Xiao Yao San / Bupleurum and Tang Kuei Formula

Therapeutics #3

a) G. I. Disease – powerpoint presentation

b) Digestive Disorders                                                     

  • Acute Gastritis
  • Chronic Gastritis (includes Pancreatitis)
  • Ulcers (Gastric / Duodenal)
  • G. I. Neurosis
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Heartburn / Hiccup
  • Stomach Atony
  • Prolapse of the stomach
  • Stomach cancer
  • Anorexia
  • Acute Colitis
  • Chronic Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acute Diarrhoea
  • Chronic Diarrhoea
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Intestinal Coalescence
  • Abdominal Gas
  • Hepatitis (Chronic/Acute)
  • Cirrhosis
  • Gallstones (Cholelithiasis) & G.B. inflammation (Cholecystitis)
  • Ascites
  • Summer Affliction
  • Thirst

Homework assignment

Clinic Grand Rounds #3


Module #5 – 25 hours

Blood Pathology

Discussion the concept of Oketsu in Kampo


  • my article on Oketsu from Module #1 articles
  • Vol. 17, No.48 March 2010 of NAJOM (North American Journal of Oriental Medicine)
  • pp.42 – Kampo: A clinical guide to Theory and Practice (Otsuka).

Formula Study

Blood Stasis Conformation (Oketsu Sho) in Jitsu types with Heat and Nobose – Da Huang family pp.81-84 

  • Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang / Rhubarb and Moutan Combination
  • Tao He Cheng Qi Tang / Persica and Rhubarb Combination
  • Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang / Rhubarb and Mirabilitum Combination
  • Xiao Cheng Qi Tang / Minor Rhubarb Combination

Blood Stasis Conformation (Oketsu Sho) in moderate to Jitsu types with Nobose – Tao Ren/Gui Zhi/Mu Dan Pi family pp.85-88

  • Gui Zhi Fu Ling Tang / Cinnamon and Hoelen Combination
  • Zhe Chong Yin / Cinnamon and Persica Combination
  • Yi Zi Tang / Cimicifuga Combination
  • Zi Yun Gao (Shi Un Ko) / Lithospermum “Purple Cloud” Ointment

Blood Deficiency Conformation (Kekkyo Sho) in Weak/Dry types with bleeding / NoboseDang Gui/Chuan Xiong/Shu Di family pp.95-101

  • Si Wu Tang / Tang Kuei Four Combination
  • Wen Qing Yin / Dang Gui and gardenia Combination
  • Xiong Gui Jiao Ai Tang / Tang Kuei and Gelatin Combination
  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Tang / Ginseng and Longan Combination
  • Tian Wan Bu Xin Dan / Ginseng and Zizyphus Formula
  • Ba Zhen Tang / Ginseng and Tang Kuei Combination
  • Shi Quan Da Bu Tang / Ginseng and Tang Kuei Ten Combination
  • Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang / Ginseng Nutritive Combination

Blood Deficiency Conformation (Kekkyo Sho) in Weak/Cold types with pain – Dang Gui/Wu Zhu Yu family pp.95-101

  • Dang Gui Jian Zhong Tang / Tank Kuei, Cinnamon and Peony Combination
  • Dang Gui Si Ni Jia Wu Zhu Yu Tang / Tang Kuei, Evodia and Ginger Comb.
  • Dang Gui Si Ni Tang / Tang Kuei and Jujube Combination
  • Wen Jing Tang / Tang Kuei and Evodia Combination

Therapeutics #4

OBGYN & Urogenital Disorders                                                              

  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Infertility
  • Leukorrhea
  • Fibroids / Endometriosis
  • Repeated miscarriage
  • Morning sickness
  • Menopausal disturbances
  • Genital itching (incl. Herpes)
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Nephrosis / nephritis
  • Urinary Dysfunction
    Enuresis / Polyuria (Pollakiuria)
  • Renal Calculi (Kidney stones)
  • Cystitis & urethritis
  • Prostatomegaly & urethral stricture
  • Male sexual dysfunction

Homework assignment

Clinic Grand Rounds #4


Module #6 – 25 hours

Blood Formula Study

Blood Deficiency Conformation (Kekkyo Sho) in Weak/Dry types with Yin / Yang Deficiency & NoboseShu Di family pp.89-94

  • Ba Wei Di Huang Wan (aka: Jing Gui Shen Qi Wan) / Rehmannia Eight Formula
  • Wei Zheng Fang / Eucommia and Achyranthes Formula
  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan / Rehmannia Six Combination
  • Niu Che Shen Qi Wan / Achyranthes and Plantago Combination
  • Qi Ju Di Huang Wan / Lycium Chrysanthemum and Rehmannia Combination
  • Zhi Bai Ba Wei Wan / Anemarrhena, Phellodendron and Rehmannia Combination

Fluid Pathology

  1. Re-look at Powerpoint slides from Module #2 on Gastro-Intestinal disease. Look at the following slides:
    • 2-6 (Introduction to Fluid pathology)
    • 39-43 (Diagnosis of fluid problems)
    • 72-78 (Treatment of fluid imbalances)
  2. Re-read your “Kampo Series #1” Notes from Module #1: pp.13 “Tan In Sho” (Toxic water pattern)
  3. Re-read: pp.14 – Kampo: A clinical guide to Theory and Practice (Otsuka), Pathological Fluid Conformation.
  4. Concept of SuiTai and Suidoku in Kampo
  5. Powerpoint presentation and discussion:
    “Many Disease One Toxin” – Blood Stasis and Fluid Retention in Kampo.

Fluid Formula Study

Water Retention Conformation (Sui Tai Sho) with Phlegm – Gua Lou/Fu Ling Family pp.106-109

  • Gua Lou Zhi Shi tang / Trichosanthes and Chi Shi Combination
  • Qing Fei tang / Platycodon and Fritillaria Combination
  • Chai Xian Tang / Bupleurum and Scute Combination
  • Ling Gui Jiang Wei Xin Xia Ren tang / Hoelen and Schizandra Combination

Water Retention Conformation (Sui Tai Sho) with abdominal fullness – Fu Ling Family pp.110-115

  • Wu Ling San / Hoelen Five Formula
  • Wei Ling tang / Magnolia and Hoelen Combination
  • Chai Ling Tang / Bupleurum and Hoelen Combination
  • Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang / Hoelen and Atractylodes Combination
  • Ful Ling Yin / Hoelen Combination
  • Fu Ling Ze Xie tang / Hoelen and Alisma Combination

Water Retention Conformation (Sui Tai Sho) in Lower Jiao – Zhu Ling Family pp.116-119

  • Yin Chen Wu Ling San / Capillaris and Hoelen Combination
  • Long Gan Xie Gan Tang / Gentiana Combination
  • Zhu Ling Tang / Polyporus Combination
  • Qing Xin Lian Zi Yin / Lotus Seed Combination

Therapeutics #5


  • Kyo and weak children
  • Infantile auto-toxicity (vomiting)
  • Infantile diarrhea
  • Bedwetting and nocturia
  • Fear of the dark and nightmares
  • Chronic Umbilical Hernia
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Doses for Children


  • Eczema/Dermatitis
  • Urticaria
  • Pruritus
  • Psoriasis
  • Facial Acne
  • Acne/Rosacea
  • Tinea/Ringworm
  • Frostbite
  • Burns
  • Caries / Bedsores / Ulcers
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Witlow / Warts / Felon
  • Alopecia and Dandruff
  • Stomatitis 

Clinic #5 – Grand Rounds with patients


Module #7 – 25 hours

Fluid Formula Study

Water Retention Conformation (Sui Tai Sho) with Edema – Shao Yao Family pp.120-123

  • Yue Bi Jia Zhu tang / Atractylodes Combination
  • Dang gui Shao Yao San / Dang Gui and Peony Combination
  • Huang Qi Fang Ji Tang / Stephania and Astragalus Combination
  • Yi Yi ren tang / Coix Combination

Water Retention Conformation (Sui Tai Sho) with/without suppuration – Gan Cao Family pp.124-127

  • Tuo Li Xiao Du Yin / Gleditsia Combination
  • Gan Cao Tang / Licorice Combination
  • Jie Geng Tang / Platycodon Combination
  • Nei Tuo San / Astragalus and Platycodon Combination
  • Shi Wei Bai Du tang / Bupleurum and Schizonepeta Combination

Water deficiency Conformation (Sui Kyo Sho) with heat – Huang Lian family pp.128-131

  • Huang Lian Jie Du Tang / Coptis and Scute Combination
  • San Wu Huang Qin Tang / Scute Three herb Combination
  • Zi Yin Jiang Huo tang / Phellodendron Combination
  • Bai hu Tang / Gypsum Combination

Water deficiency Conformation (Sui Kyo Sho) with dryness – Mai Dong family pp.132-136

  • Zhi Gan Cao Tang / Baked Licorice Combination
  • Maimendong tang / Ophiopogon Combination
  • Zhu Ye Shi Gao tang / Bamboo Leaves and Gypsum Combination
  • Bai He Gu Jin Tang / Lily Combination
  • Gan Lu Yin / Sweet Combination

Therapeutics #6

Blood & Metabolic Disorders

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Gout
  • Edema
  • Anaemia (incl. Platelet problems)
  • Hyper/hypothyroidism

Neural, Muscular & Locomotor Disorders

  • Rheumatism/arthritis
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Neuralgia/myalgia
  • Lumbago / sciatica
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Neurosis / autonomic nervous disorders
  • Stroke (Apoplexy)
  • Spasms, paralysis, cramps (incl. Parkinson’s)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Connective Tissue Disorders 

Clinic #6 – Grand Rounds with patients


Module #8 – 25 hours

Homework (BEFORE Module #8):

  1. Use “Kampo Formula SHO cards doc.” (electronic handout) to review ALL formulas studied to date/cross-reference with Study Guide in preparation for in-class discussion (see below).
  2. Look at the Qi and Blood “One-Liner” docs. and try to identify all the formulas listed. Prepare for in-class review.
  3. Try to write at least 10 “One-Liners” of your own from the list of Fluid Formulas we studied in module#5.
  4. Look at the “AGL Comparisons doc.” (electronic handout) and review all the Fu Zi / Aconite formulas mentioned in preparation for an in-class discussion (see below).
  5. Read the SHL CASES doc. (electronic handout) and prepare to discuss.
  6. Look at the “Clinical thinking in Kampo doc.” (electronic handout) and prepare for an in-class discussion (see below).

In-class discussion:

  1. Use the “Formula SHO cards” along with the study guide to stimulate a discussion about the formula groupings we have studied so far.
  2. Go over the Qi and Blood “One Liners” using the key (class handout).
  3. Discussion based on any “Formula one-liners” contributed by anyone in the class.
  4. Using the “AGL Comparisons doc.” Discuss the use of Aconite (Fu Zi) in Kampo formulas with reference to the Shang Han Lun in particular.
  5. Discussion of SHL CASES doc. (electronic handout).
  6. Using the “Clinical Thinking in Kampo” handout, discuss the particular methodology used in the Kampo approach to treating a patient thereby exposing the internal process of the practitioner.

Formula Study

Using the “Complete Formula List” Excel file (electronic handout), systematic discussion of each formula from the following perspectives:

  1. Nomenclature – including Pinyin, Romaji and various English translations (as well as a reference to Chinese characters where relevant).
  2. Reference Materials – page references to Otsuka and Hong-Yen Hsu texts.
  3. Modifications – common additions (and subtractions) to make other Kampo formulas we have also studied.
  4. KYO/JITSU – identifying both Kyo and Jitsu Sho versions for each formula along with discussion.
  5. Case Studies – a reference to one or more case examples for each formula taken from the Otsuka Case Study text.


Using the “Pharmacy Formula List” Excel file (electronic handout) systematic discussion of each formula from the following perspectives:

  1. Stocking – alphabetical? By item #? How?
  2. Suppliers – which companies supply which formulas.
  3. Modification – identifying individual herbs needed for common modifications.
  4. Clinical use  – identifying the most / least commonly used formulas according to the key: 1 = Common; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Uncommon. 

PHARMACY MANAGEMENTpowerpoint presentation 

Clinic #7 – Grand Rounds with patients



Which practitioners/students will benefit from undertaking the Kampo Clinical Training Seminar Series?

  • Practitioners wishing to increase their effective clinical results by using methods that are easy to learn and apply instantly in clinic.
  • Students wishing to be highly effective in the clinical application of herbal prescriptions upon graduating.
  • Practitioners and students of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with a strong focus on Japanese acupuncture styles – the Kampo system will dovetail perfectly with your current palpation framework, but you will be able to start applying that knowledge with your herbal medicine prescribing. You will also rapidly improve and deepen your understanding of acupuncture palpation diagnostics.
  • Practitioners and students wishing to add significant depth to their diagnostic skills through advanced palpation methodology and theory, allowing them to increase their accuracy in herbal prescription for outstanding clinical results.
  • Practitioners wishing to excel in Chinese/oriental herbal medicine prescription to benefit their patients
  • Practitioners/students who study the works of Japanese acupuncture authors that include Kampo patterns, but have not had an opportunity to study the complete system of Kampo.
  • Practitioners who wish to learn and access a system of Japanese herbal medicine prescription that is rare to learn in the western world, and is usually reserved only to MDs in Japan.
  • Those practitioners who have learned some basic Kampo Hara diagnostics, but have not had the opportunity to study the complete system.

Regardless of which style or system of Chinese/Oriental herbal medicine you practice, by undertaking the Kampo Clinical Training Seminars, your level of understanding and success in clinical prescribing will improve exponentially.

KAMPO CLINICAL TRAINING SEMINAR SERIES: An 8 Module Postgraduate Training Program in Traditional Japanese Herbal Medicine


Module 1+2 – Sunday 5th – Friday 10th January 2020

Module 3+4 – Due to COVID-19, Theoretical components of these modules will be conducted via Webinars 

Sat September 26th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun September 27th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat October 24th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun October 25th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat November 21st – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun November 22nd – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat December 12th  – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun December 13th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Module 5+6 – Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th January 2021

Module 7+8 – Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August 2021

Time:  9am-6pm Each Day (please arrive at 8:30 am on the first day of each 2 module block)
Webinar dates and times are as indicated above

Duration per module: 25 Contact Hours

CPD per module: 25 Formal CPD Points

Morning & Afternoon tea provided, suitable for those with dietary restrictions (During Live Seminars Only)

Please provide your own lunch, or purchase lunch at a suitable location nearby. (During Live Seminars Only)

The Ministry Centre

23 Victoria St, Clayfield, QLD 4011 Australia

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Module 5+6 (6 days)- AUD$1650
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Over the long history of this program being offered internationally, the program has continued to use a specific financial arrangement.
It is configured so that each attendee pays for the cost of the first four modules (1-4) of the program, which is due prior to the commencement of Modules 1+2 in January 2020. The cost of the modules 5-8 of the program is due prior to the commencement of the Modules 5+6 of the program in  January 2021 .

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Modules 1-4 of the Program- 2020
(complete payments due 31st December 2019)

Module 1+2 – Sunday 5th – Friday 10th January 2020

Module 3+4 – Due to COVID-19, Theoretical components of these modules will be conducted via Webinars

Sat September 26th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun September 27th- 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat October 24th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun October 25th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat November 21st – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun November 22nd – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sat December 12th  – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Sun December 13th – 8am-12pm AEST (4 Hours) AEST

Practitioners: AUD$3300 (Including GST)

Students: AUD$3025 (Including GST)

Modules 5-8 of the Program- 2021
(complete payments due 31st December 2020)

Module 5+6 – Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th January 2021
Module 7+8 – Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August 2021

Practitioners: AUD$3300 (Including GST)

Students: AUD$3025 (Including GST)

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Testimonials for Nigel Dawes regarding the KAMPO CLINICAL TRAINING SEMINAR SERIES

I graduated from Oriental Medical School with the standard training in the TCM approach to herbal medicine diagnosis and prescription. I tried to use the knowledge I gained during that time throughout the first several years of my practice in order to utilize the invaluable tool of Chinese herbal medicine in the clinic to help improve my clinical results with patients. Occasionally I felt I really understood the formula I was prescribing and had the confidence that it truly was the correct prescription for that patient. Results were mostly mixed and my excitement for utilizing Chinese herbal medicine waned significantly.
After only one 4 day weekend of study with Nigel my prescriptive confidence skyrocketed, my passion for herbal medicine was reignited and my desire to explore and study further has increased.
Kampo is such a clear and concise understanding of the classical approaches and allows the practitioner to diagnose and prescribe with great success and confidence in short order.
Nigel has an abundance of theoretical, clinical, hands-on and academic experience that he offers up to his students with delight and passion. His collected knowledge is unique in the world of herbal medicine teachers in offering educational opportunities in the U.S. beyond the acupuncture school classrooms.
I cannot recommend his course highly enough to do justice to how much he has done to change my professional use of and success with traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
Gretchen Gonzalez, DOM, AP
Jacksonville, FL

This is the testimonial requested awhile back. I apologize for the late reply and entry. I do not think this does justice to Nigel’s Buddha nature but it is an attempt.
Much light, love and blessings.

Everyone recognizes Nigel’s mastery of the Japanese Kampo herbal tradition, its formulas use, herbal ingredients and combinations, processes, history and customs. We all acknowledge his great expertise, knowledge, passion for Kampo, never-ending curiosity and unceasing study. His energy and love for his work and teaching radiates out and touches every person, client and student he interacts with. You cannot help but be touched by his sincere desire to impart his knowledge and herbal experience to you. In this regard, he has touched the hearts of all his students. What has touched me the most is his kind, compassionate and heart to heart mentoring of his students. He has never missed a study group even though it is in a time zone two hours different from his. He graciously imparts his wisdom and encourages us to dig deeper, see different perspectives and expand our understanding of how the Kampo system can be applied to each case. In addition, he never fails to answer a student’s case question in a timely manner bringing his insight, experience and knowledge to the case and its discussion online. Not only that but his interaction with clients for case studies has been an example of how I would not only like to be treated as a client but also demonstrates how I would like to be as a practitioner. Being a student of Nigel’s has enriched my life in so many tangible and intangible ways. I look forward to continuing my studies with him, learning more, interacting with and being in friendship with him.

Light, love and many blessings.


In these times to integrate East Asian Medicine into the Western conventional model so prevalent in our educational system, Nigel Dawes’ series of Kampo Herbal Medicine shines in the dark like a beacon on the road we all travel. His dedication, focus, and integrity in bringing to light this most classical form of our medicine are monumental. The material is concise yet extensive, brought to life by his many years of study and clinical experience. Having studied for many years what Nigel has brought to light, the enormity of information has enhanced my patient’s health, my student’s knowledge, and my own clinical experiences as a practitioner.
Thank you Nigel, for what you have brought to us all.

In deeply sincere appreciation,
KC Conover, L.Ac.


Nigel’s Kampo Clinical Training Course has greatly increased my understanding of the use of herbal formulas as well as my success in prescribing formulas to patients. This course has improved and refined my palpatory and diagnostic skills. As I apply his approach clinically, both in my private practice and in the college clinic, my skills continue to evolve. Despite my extensive TCM herbal education, I have never experienced the confidence in herbal prescribing that I do now. Nigel freely shares his vast amount of knowledge and his own clinical experience to create an outstanding series capable of making anyone into a herbalist who has the desire.
I highly recommend this course for anyone who has the desire to become a herbalist.
Thank you Nigel!

Elizabeth Talcott, L.Ac., DAOM


As a Shiatsu therapist, I’m naturally drawn to other Japanese practices. After years of development in my core art, I opened to rice grain moxibustion and Sotai, and both have proven to be valuable additions. Along the way, I became exposed to Kampo and was convinced it could add an internal medicine component to my practice, but training was difficult to come by. When Nigel’s certificate program popped up, I committed right away.

Nigel’s clinical Kampo certificate program has been invaluable. The Kampo method is a very practical application of herbal formulas, allowing one to begin prescribing, with success, early on. With his background in Shiatsu, Nigel has created a Kata for abdominal diagnosis that is readily accessible to those with bodywork experience, and he has been very welcoming. His breadth and depth of experience in Japanese medicine is extensive, and he shares his knowledge freely in a very digestible way. I’ve been inspired through this program, and have realized a greater synergy in my Japanese medicine, martial arts and meditation practices.

Nigel is a seasoned teacher and he’s readily able to guide and support an Asian Bodywork Therapist, without a background in acupuncture or Chinese herbs, to become successful in the practice of Kampo. Asian Bodywork Therapy and Kampo are a powerful combination, making for a well-rounded practitioner. If you are a qualified body worker that’s interested in herbal medicine and dedicated to study and practice, I encourage you to attend!

Brian Skow


Nigel Dawes is a charismatic teacher with an enormous wealth of Kampo knowledge.
You couldn’t ask for a better teacher if you want to learn Japanese Herbs.

Tracy Conrad


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Some of the herbal formulas taught in this course have been included in the curriculum strictly for educational purposes only, to maintain the integrity of the historical teachings of Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine.