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Applied Channel Theory

13 NCCAOM Approved PDA points - $425

July 30th, 2022: 9am-6pm -&- July 31st, 2022: 9am-5pm

An Exploration of Palpation, Diagnosis and Treatment

Channel palpation is a classical diagnostic technique not often taught in modern acupuncture schools. Emphasized in the earliest acupuncture texts (Nei Jing/Nan Jing), palpation of the channels is extremely helpful for confirming diagnosis, refining point selection and improving clinical results.

This two-day class will focus on learning and applying channel palpation through interactive lectures and hands-on practice of technique. In addition, an exploration of channel-based physiology will be presented from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, Seattle 2008).   Students will leave with a greater understanding of classical physiology and diagnostic techniques for evaluating pathological patterns in both internal conditions and musculoskeletal complaints.

Subjects covered will include:

  • An introduction to Applied Channel Theory (經絡醫學  jīng luò yī xué). This will begin with an overview of the classical conception of the channels based on the life-work of Beijing Professor Wang Juyi (王居易). A more thorough understanding of the channels will then serve as a foundation for an exploration of clinical strategy. This will include a discussion of qi dynamic in the channels and basic principles of movement and function in the six primary channels.  
  • Each day will also include practice of channel examination through palpation.  Hands-on demonstration and practice with feedback from the instructor will be extensive.  This technique will focus on gleaning diagnostic information from careful palpation of the distal channels. 
  • An exploration of classical channel physiology and a discussion of how physiology manifests with specific, palpable changes on the acupuncture channels. Specific points will be considered including demonstrations of precise point location and discussions of common findings and their possible significance.
  • Live demonstration of channel palpation and extensive hands-on practice will help attendees to build tools for using channel examination in their own clinics.

Dr. Jason D. Robertson

Co-author of Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易). Dr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 30 years and Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (www.sieam.edu). Dr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory and diagnosis around the world and has been recognized by the Beijing Administration of Chinese Medicine as an official apprentice of Wang Juyi. In 2017 Dr. Robertson completed doctoral research on the history of clinical reasoning in Chinese medicine.

Schedule for the Event

Day One

9:00am – 11:30am – Introduction
In depth analysis of six level physiology
Six levels as open/pivot/close
Embodied acupuncture as a way of creating a flexible, moving system in the practitioner
Introduction and practice of channel palpation
Proper positioning of hands/thumb
Proper technique of going along channels

12:00am – 1:30pm -TAIYIN
Overview of Taiyin function/physiology
Description of common findings and point locations Spleen/Lung
Group Palpation Practice Spleen/Lung

2:30pm – 4:00 pm -YANGMING
Overview of Yangming function/physiology
Description of common findings and point locations Large Intestine/Stomach
Group Palpation Practice Large Intestine/Stomach

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm -SHAOYIN
Overview of Shaoyin function/physiology
Description of common findings and point locations Heart/Kidney
Group Palpation Practice Heart/Kidney

Day Two

9:00 am to 10:30 am -TAIYANG
Overview of Taiyang function/physiology
Description of common findings and point locations Small Intestine/Urinary Bladder
Group Palpation Practice Small Intestine/Urinary Bladder

11:00 am to 1:30 pm -JUEYIN
Overview of Jueyin function/physiology
Description of common findings and point locations Liver/Pericardium
Group Palpation Practice Liver/Pericardium

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM – SHAOYANG
Overview of Shaoyang function/physiology
Description of common findings and point locations Triple Burner/Gallbladder
Group Palpation Practice Triple Burner/Gallbladder

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Overview of further work 
A discussion of clinical reasoning and point selection strategies

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