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The Inner Causes of Disease: Psychosomatics in Chinese Medicine

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 modern practice. This new four-module course provides practitioners with the necessary understanding and appropriate tools for dealing with the hidden dimensions of disease.

This course at a glance


February 1, 2025 - Sa, 09:00-17:00 Chiway Academy

March 1, 2025 - Sa, 09:00-16:00 Online

March 22, 2025 - Sa, 09:00-16:00 Online

April 26, 2025 - Sa, 09:00-16:00 Online


25 hours


Hamid Montakab





CHF 795.-

Price includes the book Acupuncture for Treating the Hidden Roots of Disease by Hamid and Solange Montakab (also available in German)


Chiway Academy and Online

Recognition TCM Fachverband

Label-Nr. 25010


About this course

Part-I: Consciousness, the Mind and Reality

Mental attitudes (belief systems), play a fundamental role in general health, emphasized by the expression Shen leads Qi.

This module explores the five sections of the psyche, their functions, and acupuncture treatment strategies.

The effects of the Mind over the Body have been clearly emphasized in Classical Chinese Medicine for at least 10 centuries. Mind-sets and mental attitudes influence the human responses to the outer world, manifesting as emotions and classified as the inner causes of disease. Understanding the structure of the conscious and subconscious parts of the psyche and unravelling the psychological mechanisms of “Belief systems” and helping to change these in a regular TCM setting is to treat the “Hidden Roots of Disease”. 


Learning objectives: 

  1. Understanding the concept of health in Chinese medicine

  2. Exploring the structure of the Mind and the Psyche

  3. How we perceive the world (the mind and sensory perceptions)

  4. Pain the language of the body

  5. The five sections of the psyche; parallels with Western psychology

  6. Significance, functions and disturbances of Shen, Hun, Yi, Po and Zhi

  7. Acupuncture treatment strategies

  8. The subconscious and the notion of Gui ≈ Ghost

  9. Clinical examples

Part-II: The Psyche and the Emotions


Emotions are perceptions in response to events in the outer world, they play a fundamental role in the health and disease process.

The role of emotions, as internal causes of disease, have been well known in the Chinese medical practice. Emotions having evolved from primary instincts, are human responses to the outer world, and depend primarily on individual mind-sets. The outer world is perceived through the lens of the Shen ≈ Psyche and processed by the Luo ≈ Connecting vessels.  Understanding the energetic impact of the emotions is essential in the treatment management. The treatment of psycho-emotional patterns is part of treating the “Hidden Roots of Disease”. 


Learning objectives: 

  1. Exploring the function and expression of emotions

  2. Emotional manifestation and individual perspectives

  3. Concept of the 5 Emotions and 7 Passions: Description, energetic impact, Zang-fu disharmonies and acupuncture strategies for: anger, elation, worry, anxiety, sadness, oppression, fear, shock, love and passion, jealousy, hatred, vengeance, contempt, guilt and shame

  4. Diagnostic orientations

  5. Role of the Luo vessels and personality disorders

  6. Therapeutic strategies

  7. Clinical examples; case studies

Part-III: Impact of Trauma on Belief mechanisms

Traumatic events play a central role in the development of the psyche and will later constitute the basis of mental attitudes and belief mechanisms.

An important component of the Belief mechanisms is represented by personal life experiences, in particular the traumatic events. When a traumatic experience has been too intense or if it has occurred prior to the full development of the limbic structures, the event is relegated to the subconscious mind. Impressions and emotions are registered by Hun ≈ Ethereal soul, physical sensations and pain are registered by Po ≈ Corporeal soul.

These hidden programs have a major impact on the psycho-emotional expressions of the individual.  Releasing these retained memories constitutes a crucial stage in the treatment of the “Hidden Roots of Disease”.

Learning objectives: 

  1. Exploring the components of the Belief systems: inherited and life events

  2. Trauma and the defensive structures of the body

  3. The memory systems and the 5 sections of the psyche

  4. Extraordinary vessels, psychological issues and Belief mechanisms

  5. Life transitions (7 Gates) and psychological impacts

  6. Concept of Gui ≈ ghost in Chinese medicine: consequences and treatment protocols

  7. Treatment strategies for changing Beliefs

  8. Releasing suppressed traumatic memories

  9. Self-test for Evaluating the Extraordinary Vessels

  10. Psychology and Acupuncture Therapy (PAT)

  11. Clinical examples


Part-IV: Body memories (retained trauma) and Psychology


Early-life traumas or repeated traumatic events are retained in the body and will later manifest as physical or psychological patterns.

The body is both a source and a storage site for the emotions, especially after a trauma. Overwhelming traumatic events are subconsciously retained by “Hun” and “Po”. The reactivation of these subconscious emotional and physical memories, are experienced as a variety of psychological and physical manifestations, quite often un-related to a given situation. These conditions may range from un-explained physical pains or physiological reactions, to emotional or psychological manifestations as seen in phobias, personality disorders, panic attacks or PTSD, just to mention a few.

Furthermore, these subconscious memories contribute to the formation of mental patterns and “Belief mechanisms”. 

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


Learning objectives: 

  1. Concept of Trauma and the defensive mechanisms: the energetic layers 

  2. The defensive role of the Jing Jin ≈ Sinew channels

  3. The memory systems 

  4. Po ≈ Corporeal Soul, sensations and body memories

  5. Concept of Gui ≈ Ghost

  6. Concept of “Body Armors”: treatment strategies with the Sinew channels

  7. Description (territory; causative factors; physical and psychological manifestations) and treatment strategies for the 7 segments of Body Armors

  8. Psychology and Acupuncture Therapy (PAT)

  9. Releasing suppressed traumatic memories

  10. Treatment and exercises for changing the habitual beliefs and mind-sets

  11. Clinical examples

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).


«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

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