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

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 

  • The first Module ist taught live. Thereafter, modules are released on a monthly basis on the first Saturday of the month. Students complete the online lectures and quizzes on their own time.

  • Live Q&As take place on the last Thursday of the months from 19:00 - 20:30. Q&As will be recorded and available to the students for the duration of the course.

  • Exception: Module 8 (Western Psychosomatics Module) is released together with Module 2 and the live Q&A takes place on June 15, 2023.

  • Module 1 - on-site

    • Live Introduction Workshop with Hamid Montakab

    • Sat, January 13, 2024, 9.00 – 16.00

    • Live Q&A: January 25, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 7h

  • Module 2 - online: Released in February 2024

    • Live Q&A: February 22, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 7h

  • Module 3 online:  Released in March 2024

    • Live Q&A: March 21, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 7h

  • Module 4 online: Released in April 2024

    • Live Q&A: April 18, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 12h

  • Module 5 online: Released in May 2024

    • Live Q&A: May 17, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 7h

  • Module 6 online: Released in June 2024

    • Live Q&A: June 13, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 7h

  • Module 7 online: Released in July 2024

    • Live Q&A: July 11, 2024

    • Modul and Q&A: 7h (no Quizz)

  • Module 8 Western PS - online: Released in February 2024

    • Live Q&A: May 30, 2024

    • Module, Quizz and Q&A: 4h 

  • Case Analysis Module online: Sat, September 21, 2024

    • Required for Certification Program

    • Discussion of submitted case studies

    • Live Webinar from 9.00 – 13.00

    • Case preparation and live Webinar: 9h

  • Live Integration Workshop on-site: Sat-Sun, Nov 2-3, 2024

    • Included in the Certification Program

    • Live onsite Workshop with Hamid and Solange Montakab

    • Sat/Sun from 9.00 – 17.00, total 14h


  • Module LecturesLectures have been pre-recorded and can be completed on own time and at own speed.

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

  • Live Webinar: Live online webinar via Zoom.

  • Live Workshops: Onsite workshops in Winterthur


  • Total Module hours, incl. Quizzes and Q&As: 52h

  • Case Analysis Module: 9h

  • Live Workshops: 20h

  • Total Certification Program: 81h

    • includes a Certificate at the end of the course

    • requires submission of case study

Course materials included


Support during the course

  • All videos, lecture notes and supplementary materials are hosted on a professional learning platform that students can access at any time.

  • During the course, Dr. Hamid Montakab can be contacted via the learning platform in case of questions.


  • Registration is possible at anytime. If after February 2024, already released modules will be available immediately. All course material can be accessed for one year from the date of registration.



  • Dr. Hamid Montakab

  • Solange Montakab

  • Dr. Karin Kariya Christen (Module 8)



  • English

  • Module 8 in German


  • Single Module (including Q&A and Quizz, 7 credit hours per module): CHF 210.00

  • Module 4 (12 credit hours): CHF 410.00

  • Module 8 (including Q&A and Quizz, 4 credit hours): CHF 150.00

  • Module 1-8 (including Q&As and Quizzes, total 56 credit hours): CHF 1'350.00

  • Live Integration Workshop: 495.00

  • Certification program: all Modules and the Case Analysis Module; includes a Certificate: CHF 1'790.00


Chiway-Alumni get 20% discount

Recognition TCM Fachverband

Label Nr. 24005


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 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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

  • Individual Price: CHF 210.00


Case Analysis Module

Participants completing the Certification Program need to turn in a case study of a patient of their choosing at the end of the program. This case study will include an analysis and a treatment proposal. Clear guidelines and an intake form will be provided. Each case study and analysis will be discussed during this Case Analysis Module.

  • Course credit: 9 h

  • Cannot be purchased individually, included in the Certification Program

Live Integration Workshop (onsite)

This 2-day workshop offers the opportunity for the participants to experience and practice the various therapeutic methods proposed in the previous webinars. This workshop is led by Solange and Hamid Montakab and addresses/practices the following:

  • Working on belief systems: clearing toxic beliefs

  • Exploring the “shadows”, “peeling the onion”, the key to healing

  • “Oneness”: connecting the small and the big Shen

  • Developing “intention”

  • Working with “body armors”: breath; Psychology and Acupuncture Therapy (PAT)

  • Letting go of traumatic memories: “forgiveness”

  • Course credit: 14 h

  • Individual Price: CHF 495.00

Three booking options


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

  • Book Modules 1-8 including Q&As for an in-depth study of psychosomatics in Chinese medicine

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


The Certification Program includes 

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

  • Self-evaluations after each modules: 10 multiple choice questions  between each module

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

  • One module introducing western psychosomatics with a live online Q&A session

  • An integration module (Module 7), presenting the practical application of the knowledge of the six previous modules

  • Final case-study preparation

  • Final case-study discussion live online

About the teachers

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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.


«Hamids grosses Wissen und seine klare und detaillierte Präsentation haben den Kurs besonders spannend gemacht. Der Kurs hat einen guten Praxisbezug. Das inkludierte Buch dazu unterstützt beim Lernen ideal. »

— TeilnehmerinClaudia G. Eidg. Dipl. Naturheilpraktikerin TCM


«Toller Dozent, hat es super erklärt und ist auch mit Webinar absolut auf uns eingegangen. Ich konnte sehr viel lernen.»

Teilnehmerin, Daniela R.


«Die Weiterbildung greift top aktuelle Themen auf, die in jeder TCM-Praxis anzutreffen sind. Sie verbindet fundiertes Fachwissen mit viel persönlicher Erfahrung eines hervorragenden Dozenten, gebündelt in einem grossen Paket an praktischen Werkzeugen und Tipps, die im klinischen Alltag sehr gut umsetzbar sind.»

Teilnehmerin, Sonja R. Dipl. Akupunkteurin TCM-FVS

     Naturheilpraktikerin mit OdA AM Zertifikat in TCM


«The course with Hamid was incredibly enriching. I learned so many different things about the psyche and emotions. Before this course I felt I was missing something about Chinese Medicine, because the theory says that the internal causes of diseases are the emotions, but the material about it is very little. This course gave me the chance to help patients with tools which are amazing! Thank you Hamid! »

Teilnehmerin, Chiara K.

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