Psychosomatics in Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture for Treating the Hidden Roots of Disease - ONLINE

In Classical Chinese medicine, the psyche and emotions are considered the roots of all diseases. Although the ancient traditions have emphasized the impact of mind-sets and emotions on the body, these notions seem to have been greatly overlooked in the modern practice. These webinars aim at providing the necessary understanding and appropriate tools for dealing with the hidden dimensions of disease.

This course at a glance

Dates / Times: 

Modules generally take place on Saturday 8:30 - 14:00 h

Module 4 takes place on Saturday and Sunday 8:30 - 14:00 h

Q&As take place on Thursday 19:00 - 20:30 h


  • Module 1: Nov 6, 2021 Live Webinar, 5 h
    Q&A 1: Nov 11, 2021, 1.5 h
    Self-evaluation 1, 0.5 h 

  • Module 2: Dec 4, 2021 Live Webinar, 5 h
    Q&A 2: Dec 16, 2021, 1.5 h
    Self-evaluation 2, 0.5 h 

  • Module 3: Jan 8, 2022  Webinar, 5 h
    Q&A 3: Jan 20, 2022, 1.5 h
    Self-evaluation 3, 0.5 h 

  • Module 4: Feb 5 - 6, 2022, Webinar, 2 x 5 h
    Q&A 4: Feb 24, 2022, 1.5 h
    Self-evaluation 4, 0.5 h 

  • Module 5: Mar 5, 2022 Live Webinar, 5 h
    Q&A 5: Mar 24, 2022, 1.5 h
    Self-evaluation 5, 0.5 h 

  • Module 6: April 2, 2022 Webinar, 5 h
    Q&A 6: April 21, 2022, 1.5 h
    Self-evaluation 6, 0.5 h 

  • Module 7: May 7, 2022, 5 h 

  • Module 8 Western PS: any time prior to May 19, Webinar, 2 h

  • Q&A 8: May 19, 2022, 2 h 

  • Module 9 Case Analysis: July 2, 2022 Live Webinar, 3 h


Live Webinar: Course is taught live and recorded for later review

Webinar: Lecture has been pre-recorded; teacher is available for questions during the break and at the end of the lecture (does not apply for Module 8)

Q&A: Live online session for questions, cases, review


  • Total Module hours: 47 h

  • Integration Module: 5 h

  • Final Case-Study Preparation: 5 h

  • Final Case-Study: 3 h

  • Western Psychosomatics: 4 h

  • Total Certification Program: 64 h


Dr. Hamid Montakab, Solange Montakab and
Dr. Karin Kariya Christen (module 8)



English (Module 8 is in German)


  • Single module, including Q&A and self-evaluation (7 credit hours per module): CHF 210.00

  • Module 4 (double module with 12 h credit): CHF 360.0

  • Package 1: Module 1-6, including Q&A and self-evaluations
    (total 47 credit hours): CHF 1 250.00

  • Certification program: all 8 modules and the extra module on Western Psychosomatics, Q&A and self-evaluation test for each module (total 64 credit hours): CHF 1 490.00


Chiway-Alumni get 20% discount

Course materials included:

Recognition TCM Fachverband:

Label Nr. 21222



Introductory video

About this course

In Classical Chinese medicine, the psyche and emotions are considered the roots of all diseases. 

Although the ancient traditions have emphasized the impact of mind-sets and emotions on the body, these notions seem to have been greatly overlooked in the modern practice.

These webinars aim at providing the necessary understanding and appropriate tools for dealing with the hidden dimensions of disease.

Individual modules


Module I: Psyche and the Body in Chinese Medicine  


The Five sectors of the Psyche


This lecture explores the concepts of physical and mental health, the conscious and the subconscious and the five sectors of the psyche Shen, Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi, their functions, pathologies and treatment strategies.  The concept and formation of Gui≈ Ghost and it’s relation to psychological issues.


  • Course credit: 7 h

  • Individual Price: CHF 210.00



Module II: Emotions and Instincts in Chinese Medicine 


Managing the Five Emotions and Seven Passions


Emotions, having evolved from primary instincts, are human responses to the outer world and depend primarily on individual mind-sets. Emotions are considered the internal causes of disease in Chinese medical practice. Understanding the energetic impact of the emotions and their treatment is essential in the clinical practice.


  • Course credit: 7 h

  • Individual Price: CHF 210.00


Module III: Constitutions and Beliefsystems in Chinese Medicine


Constitution as foundation of Belief mechanisms


The basic constitution, transmitted genetically, influences the physiology and morphology of the person, but also influences the development of a specific Temperament responsible for the formation of individual belief systems and the psycho-emotional expressions of a person. This lecture offers guides for establishing the basic constitutions and supplies therapeutic tools and strategies for harmonizing these elements.


  • Course credit: 7 h

  • Individual Price: CHF 210.00



Module IV: Temperaments and Beliefs in Chinese Medicine (double module)


The Six Archetypes and the Psyche


The habitual psycho-emotional expressions or Temperaments of a person, define their basic responses and adaptations to outer events and have a major influence on “Belief” mechanisms and further influence the physiology as well as the pathology of a person.

This lecture describes the six Temperaments, their psychological profiles and pathological tendencies and helps to choose acupuncture strategies and points adapted to the person rather than to a disease.


  • Course credit: 12 h

  • Individual Price: CHF 360.00



Module V: Memory Systems and Psychological Trauma in Chinese Medicine


Impact and Management of Retained Traumatic Memories


An important component of the Belief mechanisms is represented by personal life experiences, in particular the traumatic events, often retained by the subconscious part of the psyche, the Hun or the Po.

These hidden programs have a major impact on the psycho-emotional expressions of the individual.

This lecture explores the memories retained in the form of words, impressions and emotions, and offers strategies for releasing them as a crucial stage in the treatment of the “Hidden Roots of Disease”.


Course credit: 7 h

Individual Price: CHF 210.00


Module VI: Body Memories and Physical Trauma in Chinese Medicine


Body Armors: Management of Retained Traumatic Memories in the Body


The body is both a source and a storage site for the emotions, especially after a trauma. Body memories contribute to the formation of mental patterns and “Belief mechanisms” and further manifest with a variety of conditions such as un-explained physical, physiological and even emotional, psychological and psychosomatic reactions.

Acupuncture strategies for releasing the “Body memories” constitute an important stage of treating the deeper Roots of Disease.


  • Course credit: 7 h

  • Individual Price: CHF 210.00


Module VII: Integration Module


Treating the Hidden Roots of Disease in Clinical Practice


This webinar aims at demonstrating how to integrate the various treatment strategies described in the previous modules, acupuncture, PAT (Psychology and Acupuncture Therapy) exercises, affirmations etc., into the daily clinical practice.

Case studies with commentaries and video clips demonstrating real patient sessions and exercises realized by Solange Montakab, complete this module.


Course credit: 5 h

Cannot be purchased individually, included in the Certification Program



Bonus: Module VIII: Western Psychosomatics (DE)


Psyche und Soma - Zugänge zur Psychosomatik aus westlicher Sicht

Die Vorlesung erschliesst die Psychosomatik als eigenständigen Fachbereich neben Psychiatrie und Psychologie. Dabei verortet sie die Psychosomatik in der (westlichen) Schul-Medizin und erläutert gleichzeitig ihr modernes Verständnis für den Menschen als komplexen Organismus. Im Besonderen wird anhand von ausgewählten Krankheitsbildern das komplexe Zusammenspiel von „Psyche“ und „Soma“ beleuchtet und das übergeordnete Verständnis von Krankheit erhellt. Zudem werden schulmedizinische Zugänge kombiniert mit Methoden aus der östlichen Medizin. Mit praktischen Beispielen aus der psychotherapeutischen Arbeit wird der Mehrwert einer Kombination von westlichen und östlichen Ansätzen verdeutlicht.


  • Course credit: 4 h

  • Cannot be purchased individually, included in the Certification Program



Three options


  • Book individual modules to deepen your knowledge on different psychosomatic topics

  • Book Modules 1-6 including Q&As for an in-depth study of psychosomatics in Chinese medicine (Package 1)

  • Complete the Certification Program to become a clinical expert in this field and receive the Certificate "Psychosomatics in Chinese Medicine" from Chiway Academy (Package 2)


The Certification Program includes 

  • Six modules of online teaching, covering the  entire spectrum of psychosomatics in Chinese medicine (see individual module description below) (35 h)

  • Six live online review and Q&A sessions of 1.5 hours (one after each module) (9 h)

  • One module introducing western psychosomatics (2h) with a live online Q&A session (2 h)

  • Self-evaluations after each modules: 10 multiple choice questions  between each module (3 h)

  • An integration module, presenting the practical application of the knowledge of the six previous modules (5 h)

  • Final case-study preparation (5 h)

  • Final case-study discussion (3 h)

About the teachers

Dr. Hamid Montakab.PNG

Dr. Hamid Montakab

Hamid David Montakab M.D. graduated from Medical School of Paris, did his residency in surgery and completed a 3-year education in acupuncture. Later spending 4 months in clinical training in China, followed by 2 years in exploring the local healing in the Philippines and India. He practiced for 5 years in America after obtaining the NCCA certification and a degree in Chinese Herbalism. In 1986 he founded Chiway Academy in Switzerland. Dr. Montakab was commissioned by the Swiss National Fond to conduct a scientific research study on Acupuncture and Insomnia. In 1995 he was the co-founder and president of the Swiss Professional Organization for TCM (SBO-TCM).


Solange Montakab

Trained as a Yoga instructor and later studied Naturopathy, Auriculotherapy, Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and further trainings in Osteopathy and Visceral Osteopathy in France. She has been practicing Qi Gong and meditation, and has been initiated into Tibetan Buddhism. Her interest in human psychology led her to study a variety of psychotherapeutic methods such as re-birthing, de-hypnotherapy and trans-personal psychotherapy. Inspired by the various Eastern and Western methods, she has developed her own approach for working with patients that she has named "Psycho-Energetics”. Solange was the co-founder of Chiway Academy.


Dr. med. Karin Kariya Christen

Karin Kariya Christen ist Halb-Japanerin, in der Schweiz aufgewachsen und studierte Human-Medizin an der Universität Zürich. Nach zweijähriger Tätigkeit als Anästhesistin begann sie mit dem Studium der Chinesischen Medizin bei der Societas Medicinae Sinensis (SMS) und absolvierte eine Shiatsu-Therapie-Ausbildung am Europäischen Shiatsu Institut (ESI). Seit 2011 arbeitet sie in der Psychiatrie, begonnen in der PDAG Königsfelden und Baden. Seit 2015 verbindet sie die Chinesische Medizin und Shiatsu-Therapie mit der Psychiatrie/Psychotherapie zuerst in der Poliklinik für Chinesische Medizin am See-Spital Horgen und im Verlauf auch im Zentrum für Psychosomatik der Sanatorium Kilchberg AG, wo sie aktuell arbeitet. Ihre Schwerpunkte sind ADHS, Depressionen, Burn-out und Schlafstörungen.




Short video: 1 min 25 seconds

Long video: 7 min 16 seconds


«Es ist einfach wundervoll Hamid zuzuhören und von diesem riesigen Wissen lernen zu dürfen.»

Teilnehmer, Patrick P.


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