Course introduction

Psychiatric Drugs and chinese Medicine

with Greg Sperber

Psychiatric drugs as a class are very commonly used in the general population and by patients of acupuncturists and Chinese medical practitioners. They also have serious adverse effects, potential addiction, and drug-herb interactions. This seminar examines major psychiatric drugs and the dangers Chinese medical practitioners need to be aware of when combining with herbs and acupuncture. We will look at various types of biomedical treatments for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and mania. Herb-drug and acupuncture-drug interactions will be explored for each type of drug.

Course Goals
A participant will be able to: 1. Understand how psychiatric drugs and herbs interact 2. Identify the most common psychiatric drugs with potential for drug-herb interactions 3. Explore how major psychiatric drugs act on the body 4. Protect oneself from potential medico-legal issues arising from interactions

Video-Class with Online Examination

(unlimited access)

  • Three CEU credits (EMR, TCM-Fachverband and ASA)

  • Course fee: CHF 90.-

  • Watch and rewind video as often as you like

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Multiple-Choice Exam at the end of the course

  • Ask your questions to your lecturer by e-mail

Course snippet

Course overview

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    Psychiatric Drugs and Chinese Medicine

    • DH4 - Psychiatric Drugs and CM Slides

    • Introduction

    • Central Nervous System

    • Neuroleptic or Antipsychotic Drugs

    • Typical Neuroleptics

    • Neuroleptic or Antipsychotic Drugs

    • Atypical Neuroleptics

    • Anxiolytic and Hypnotic Drugs

    • Antidepressants

    • Drugs for Mania

    • Next in the Drug-Herb Series

    • Quiz

About the lecturer


Greg Sperber

Dr. Greg Sperber is currently a practitioner of Chinese medicine and host of Sperb’s Herbs Podcasts. Previously, he has been Vice Provost at Bastyr University California, Dean of the College of Eastern Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences, clinical chair and director of clinical services at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego (PCOM), and a clinical supervisor and professor at several colleges and universities. He is co-author of Integrative Pharmacology, Combining Modern Pharmacology with Integrative Medicine and Playing the Game, A Step-by-Step Approach to Accepting Insurance as an Acupuncturist. Dr. Sperber received a masters and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine from PCOM, San Diego, a medical degree from Flinders University of South Australia, and a master of business administration from National University. He has been a past president of the California State Oriental Medical Association and has spoken at many conferences about Chinese medicine, business, drug-herb interactions, pharmacology, and ethics and professionalism.